2021 Incentive Grant Recipient: Wylie Crane, PharmD
Residents and their Preceptors
Project Proposal: Effect of community pharmacist-provided patient education about partial fill availability on rate of partial, completion, and full acute, non-maintenance opioid prescription fills
Wylie BP Crane, PharmD, currently serves as the PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Resident at Kroger Pharmacy in Richmond, VA.
"The opioid epidemic touches us all in one way or another. I have patients and people in my personal life who struggle with opioid addiction. Most opioid research focuses on the addiction aspect of medications but I hope that this research contributes to our understanding of all parts of the opioid epidemic.” "
Controlled substance laws were passed years ago that allow us as pharmacists to provide high quality patient care by avoiding unneeded medication from entering our communities. However, most pharmacists don’t know the law gives them these options or don’t take advantage of the ability to dispense partial quantities of controlled substances. I hope that through this project, we can demonstrate that pharmacists having a simple conversation with patients to suggest partial fill quantities can prevent the unnecessary burden of safely disposing of excess medications.
I’m excited to gain an understanding of why patients decide for or against a partial fill when given the choice. I hope that offering patients an incentive for survey completion about such motivations will result in more thoughtful and accurate responses. This feedback could craft and improve future dispensing practices.