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Pharmacy Resources

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Pharmacists play a crucial role in reducing the risk for heart disease and stroke in the United States. Pharmacists can use these resources and tools to help improve patient care. Public health professionals can learn about effective strategies to partner with pharmacists.

Pharmacy Guides

These guides include resources and information for pharmacists about their role in team-based care for patients.

Best Practices Guide for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
This guide describes and summarizes scientific evidence behind 8 effective strategies for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, including collaborative practice agreements between pharmacists and health care providers and medication therapy management.

Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure: A Resource Guide for Pharmacists [PDF-633K]
The Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process is a way to prevent and manage high blood pressure through team-based care. This guide provides information about current resources and emerging practices as well as tools and examples that pharmacists can use to help improve health outcomes associated with cardiovascular disease.

Creating Community-Clinical Linkages Between Community Pharmacists and Physicians: A Pharmacy Guide [PDF-1.1M] | High-Resolution [PDF-6.4M]
This guide describes a framework for creating linkages between community pharmacists and physicians that benefit community collaborators and the patients they serve. This resource serves as a supplement to Community-Clinical Linkages for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases: A Practitioner’s Guide [ PDF-1.6M].

Advancing Team-Based Care Through Collaborative Practice Agreements [PDF – 4 MB]
This resource is designed to advance team-based care by empowering community pharmacists and prescribers to develop formalized relationships through collaborative practice agreements.

Collaborative Practice Agreements and Pharmacists’ Patient Care Services Resources: A Resource for Pharmacists [PDF-308K]
This resource is part of a set of guides that help put science into practice by including strategies and case examples of how pharmacists can better serve patients through collaborative practice agreements and collaborative drug therapy management. See the complete set of guides.

Medication Adherence: Action Steps for Health Benefit Managers [PDF-173M]
This guide provides a call to action for pharmacy benefit managers to implement evidence- and practice-based medication adherence strategies that improve blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation. Additional resources and references for each action step are included.


One in four new prescriptions for high blood pressure medicines is never filled. The Million Hearts® initiative created this video for health care professionals, pharmacists, and other members of a patient’s health care team to improve medication adherence. Also available in Spanish.

This video from the Million Hearts® initiative includes ways to start the conversation with patients to help them manage high blood pressure and other health conditions.

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