first, let me begin by stating that i am not a nurse, i am a pharmacist so i apologize in advance for invading your blog, but i wanted to reach out to the nursing community to get your opinion on utilization of pharmacist in a non-traditional home health setting. i am hoping to branch out into this area of healthcare because as a hospital pharmacist i all to often see elderly patients admitted and sometimes discharged on inappropriate meds that can lead to serious injury (i.e. unadjusted doses of antibiotics for renal function, inappropriate duration of therapy of medications, inappropriate dosing / frequency of medications and potential drug-drug interactions). i have also had the opportunity to speak with some owners of home (non-nurses) who house elderly residents who may not be administering medications appropriately (diabetic medications w/ and w/o food, bisphosphonates in supine positions etc..) i have even had the chance to speak with patients who just didn't understand how they were suppose to be taking their meds even after counseling at their pharmacies (coumadin twice daily). i am hoping to tap into this area to help possibly address some of these issues before patients end up hospitalized, injured or dead, but i was wondering if as nurses you could utilize pharmacist in this setting, and if so what other areas of concern do you have medication related where you think a pharmacist may be useful. i have been met with some resistance so i was just wondering if i may be wasting my time. thanks in advance.