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The Pharmacist’s Role in Caring for HIV-Positive Individuals 

The Pharmacist’s Role in Caring for HIV-Positive Individuals
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The Pharmacist’s Role in Caring for HIV-Positive Individuals
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Jennifer Cocohoba

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10.1093/med/9780190493097.003.0024
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date: 08 December 2019

Medications for HIV have become more convenient but not less complex. For this reason, having a clinical pharmacist as a part of the health care team can greatly enhance the care of HIV-positive patients. HIV pharmacists are a diverse group of providers who work to improve the health of HIV-positive individuals via medication therapy management, quality assurance practices, research, and other avenues. HIV pharmacists may be particularly skilled at managing complex antiretroviral drug–drug interactions, recommending therapies for resistant HIV virus, and providing education and support with regard to adherence. If practicing with a physician under a collaborative drug therapy management agreement, an HIV pharmacist may be able to provide more direct management (e.g., prescribing and ordering lab tests) for HIV and its associated conditions.

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