Implementation of a new clinic-based, pharmacist-managed PCSK9 inhibitor consultation service

Adenike Atanda, Nancy L. Shapiro, Jo Ann Stubbings, Vicki Groo

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BACKGROUND: The proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors alirocumab and evolocumab were approved by the FDA in 2015. In anticipation of provider interest and a potential increase in referrals to the on-site specialty pharmacy, we created a pharmacist-managed consultation service. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The development of a clinic-based pharmacistmanaged consultation service for the management of the PCSK9 inhibitor agents alirocumab and evolocumab is described. Key implementation steps included (a) creation of a pharmacy team and collaboration with cardiology; (b) completion of a needs assessment; (c) service creation; (d) collaboration with the on-site specialty pharmacy; (e) development of an electronic consult order and consult pool; (f) personnel training; and (g) service approval and marketing. The service development occurred over 9 months (July 2015-April 2016) and was implemented hospital-wide in May 2016. OBSERVATIONS: The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System PCSK9 inhibitor consultation service successfully integrated the benefits of a clinical review process, information technology capabilities of an electronic medical record system, and collaboration with the on-site specialty pharmacy to provide a comprehensive service that aimed to facilitate appropriate medication management from prescribing to patient administration and provide monitoring for this class of specialty medications. IMPLICATIONS/RECOMMENDATIONS: The PCSK9 pharmacist-managed consultation service provides a method for complex therapies to be managed comprehensively through the collaboration of ambulatory care clinics and outpatient specialty pharmacies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)918-925
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017


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