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History of Commitment

Since 2007, University of the Pacific student pharmacists have been able to accomplish the following:

  • Total number of Medicare beneficiaries that have been assisted with their Part D plan: 5,555
  • Number (%) of assisted low-income beneficiaries (Low-income Subsidy or Medi-Cal): 1,428 (25.7%)
  • Number of outreach events that were held: 112
  • Number of different cities in which outreach events were held: 20
  • Number of students who were trained and performed community outreach: 361
  • Total number of volunteer outreach hours completed by trained students: 14,661.5 (average of 46 hours/student)
  • Estimated total beneficiary out-of-pocket savings as a result of student interventions: $5,724,636 (average of $1,030/beneficiary per year)

Since 2011, we expanded the services provided to Medicare beneficiaries at outreach events to include comprehensive medication therapy management and administration of vaccines. Last year, students assisted 997 patients with a review of their medications at 13 community clinics. Collectively, students:

  • Accommodated individuals whose preferred language was: Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Russian, Assyrian and Farsi.
  • Assisted 166 (16.6%) low-income beneficiaries.
  • Enrolled 389 beneficiaries into a new Medicare Part D plan onsite at one of our community based clinics.
  • Identified 2,348 medication-related issues during our medication reviews.
  • Contacted prescribers alerting them to 162 severe medication-related issues that were identified in beneficiaries who were assisted.
    • Physician follow-up revealed that our recommendation was accepted/the problem was resolved in >75% of such instances.
  • Administered 525 vaccinations (influenza, pneumococcal, and Tdap).