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Chapter 24: Drug Information in Ambulatory Care

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ALL of the following statements support the need for the skilled provision of drug information in ambulatory care except:

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a. There is not a consistent level of drug information education in the curricula of various health care professions.

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b. There is a lack of drug information freely available to the public.

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c. The ambulatory care clinician is able to access databases that may not be available to the public.

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d. A significant number of emergency room visits and hospital admissions each year are attributed to pharmaceuticals.

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b. There is a lack of drug information freely available to the public.

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Which of the following best describes the drug information responsibilities of an ambulatory care clinician?

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a. Assisting prescribers and patients find the most cost-effective drug therapy for a given condition

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b. Ensuring a prescribed medication is appropriate and follows current treatment guidelines

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c. Ensuring a patient's understanding of the appropriate use of his/her medications

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d. Guiding individuals regarding the proper disposal of unused or unwanted medications

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e. All of the above

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e. All of the above

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Which of the following statements is TRUE regarding prescription formularies?

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a. Prescription insurance providers often require cardholder identification information in order to gain full access to formulary information.

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b. Clinician use of electronic prescribing has not been shown to affect the likelihood of prescribing tier 1 medications.

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c. Software programs such as Lexicomp® and Epocrates® include formulary information that can be downloaded to a handheld electronic device.

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d. Medicare Part D participants cannot perform side-by-side comparisons of prescription plans that are available to them and that cover some or all of their medications.

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c. Software programs such as Lexicomp® and Epocrates® include formulary information that can be downloaded to a handheld electronic device.

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Which of the following medication tiers will result in the lowest patient responsibility for payment?

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a. Tier 1 medication

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b. Tier 2 medication

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c. Tier 3 medication

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d. Not covered

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