The University of New England and Apothecary by Design have teamed up to offer a residency program in specialty pharmacy.
UNE pharmacy professor Dr. Kenneth McCall says the residency will give pharmacists hands-on training on how to care for patients with conditions such as organ transplantation, hepatitis C and rheumatoid arthritis.
“It’s needed particularly because we have more chronic, complex medical conditions demographically as the country gets older,” he says. “A lot of these conditions require multiple medications or complex medications that have a lot of potential side effects. And so that takes a little more care involved in the pharmacy services to achieve optimal outcomes.”
The specialty pharmacy residency will launch in July. It’s estimated that fewer than a dozen of such residencies exist in the U.S.