University of Washington, Seattle (06.26.2013)
In May, 91 second-year PharmD students at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy received certification in TB screening as part of their Applied Therapeutics course, after completing a training program created by the Department of Pharmacy, Washington State Department of Health, and State Pharmacy Association. In late 2012, the Washington State Department of Health TB Services Program and the State Pharmacy Association teamed up to offer training for pharmacy practitioners to become certified in TB screening with a goal of increasing the number of pharmacists in the state who offer screenings. The association continues to offer certification programs for practicing pharmacists. Due to budget cuts to publicly funded TB screening programs, public health agencies increasingly rely on pharmacists and other healthcare providers to screen for TB. Pharmacists also are well placed to reach out to populations at risk of acquiring and developing complications from TB and can help with medication management to help patients adhere to their treatment regimen.