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What is WPQC?

The Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative (WPQC) is a group of pharmacies and health plans who have come together to offer higher quality pharmacy patient care services.  These services are designed to improve medication use and safety while cutting health care costs for patients and health plans.  WPQC pharmacies must meet a level of quality in order to participate in WPQC.  

 

Why are WPQC patient care services important?

Many people are taking more and more medications today to improve health and extend their lives.  Managing your health becomes more difficult if you are taking more than one kind of medication. Unfortunately, if not taken properly, medications don’t always work the way we expect them to, and in some cases can even cause harm.  A WPQC pharmacist can help you realize the full scope of your medication routine and help make sure it is right for you.  Additionally, WPQC pharmacists will provide you with valuable information and potential cost savings tips to get the most from your medications.

 

What are WPQC patient care services?

WPQC services are provided by a specially trained pharmacist and focus on keeping patients safe and in good health. The pharmacist will work closely with you and your doctor(s) to discuss which medications are right for you. (Services range from medication device teaching to Medication Check-ups, a one-on-one in-depth review of all your medications—including prescription, over-the-counter, herbal and nutritional supplements.)

 

A WPQC pharmacist can help make sure:

  • You understand how to use your medication devices (e.g. inhalers, blood glucose monitors).
  • You are not spending more than you need to for your medications.
  • You are taking only the medications you need.
  • You are taking the correct amount of medication at the right time.
  • Your medications are not interacting with each other.
  • Any vitamins, supplements or over-the-counter medications you are taking are safe, appropriate and effective.
  • You do not have any unanswered questions about your medicines or care plan.

 

Who benefits most from Medication Check-ups?

Patients who have chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma, heart disease) or have recently been discharged from the hospital or nursing home find these reviews very beneficial.  These check-ups are held in a private area and last 30 minutes or longer.  You are welcome to have a caregiver or someone who knows your medications come with you. 

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