Northwest Kidney Centers has long operated one of the country’s few outpatient pharmacies specializing in medications for people whose kidneys no longer work. To stay alive, these patients get dialysis therapy several times a week, or they have received a kidney transplant and need medications to keep their body from rejecting it.
Benefits of a kidney-specialty pharmacy
Five staff pharmacists are intimately familiar with the composition and use of kidney drugs as well as potential interactions with other medications—important given that kidney patients often are being treated for other medical conditions as well.
Each Northwest Kidney Centers dialysis patients typically takes six prescription drugs at home; each kidney transplant recipient nine. Our pharmacists know most of their 700 patient-customers by name and give personal service by phone or e-mail. Nephrologists like working with our pharmacy because they are greeted by a pharmacist, not an answering machine or menu options when they call.
Prescription volume increasing rapidly, creating the need for more space
Daily prescription volume has increased more than 20 percent in the past five years. Pharmacists now fill about 260 prescriptions every day. We anticipate that changes in Medicare will triple the need for pharmacy functions by 2014.
“Our daily medication order from our wholesaler takes up nearly half our available floor space,” said Pharmacy Manager Tom Montemayor. “We look forward to a more contemporary pharmacy design that will encourage and facilitate patient teaching and counseling.”
Donations received at the Breakfast of Hope will help ensure that Northwest Kidney Centers’ pharmacy is able to better serve kidney patients well into the future.
Sneak peek of video
Click here for a sneak peek at the video, featuring Cleveland High School guidance counselor Fannie Austin, that will be shown at the Breakfast.