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Value of solid organ transplant-trained pharmacists in transplant infectious diseases.

Trofe-Clark J, Kaiser T, Pilch N, Taber D. Value of solid organ transplant-trained pharmacists in transplant infectious diseases. Current Infectious Disease Reports. 2015 Apr 1; 17(4):475.

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Advances in organ transplantation have led to improved graft and patient survival. Transplant pharmacist''s education and training uniquely position them to contribute knowledge and skills to the management of these highly complex patients. In 2004, the United Network for Organ Sharing bylaws added requirements that all transplant programs identify one or more pharmacists with experience in transplant pharmacotherapy to be responsible for providing pharmaceutical care to solid organ transplant recipients. These bylaws also delineated the transplant pharmacist''s roles and responsibilities. To further support these efforts, in 2007 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services accreditation standards for transplant centers also mandated that a center have a designated, qualified expert in transplant pharmacology as a multidisciplinary team member. The transplant pharmacist is a consistent member of the transplant team that can add value to the multidisciplinary approach of prevention and treatment of transplant infectious diseases through all phases of transplant care.

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