Pharmacy practice innovator inspires in lunchtime lecture

photo of dr. daniel buffingtonSPOKANE –  Dr. Daniel Buffington spoke to students in the Washington State University Doctor of Pharmacy program on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to kick off the college’s annual Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series.

Buffington is the first of five guest speakers from across the nation slated to engage with students at the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane this year.

The goal of the seminar series is to expose students to the leaders in the pharmacy industry who are driving innovation in the field of pharmacy and advocating positive changes in the healthcare system.

Buffington is the president and practice director at Clinical Pharmacology Services, Inc. in Tampa, Fla., and also a faculty member at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Pharmacy. His practice specializes in providing medication therapy management (MTM) services for patients taking medications for chronic conditions or medications considered high-risk.

This means working with patients one-on-one to develop individualized health regimens. Research has shown that developing this kind of pharmacist-patient relationship improves health outcomes and patient safety.

His message to students focused on the importance of successful MTM in pharmacy practice today, what this system can do to fill the provider gap in the health care landscape across America, and how the solution of the nation’s healthcare problem needs to include patient access to pharmacists’ services.

Buffington was also a speaker at the Spokane Pharmacist Associations’ Annual Awards Banquet Wednesday evening at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane.