King’s Daughters Ambulatory Pharmacy is now providing anticoagulant
therapy (Coumadin) services at our Prestonsburg location.
Previously, these services were provided by cardiology nurse practitioner
Terri Hall, APRN.
King’s Daughters offers Ambulatory Pharmacy/Coumadin services at
several locations, including Ashland, Grayson, Louisa and Prestonsburg
in Kentucky and Portsmouth, Burlington, Ironton and Wheelersburg in Ohio.
Anticoagulant therapy is commonly prescribed for patients who have atrial
fibrillation, have had a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT),
have an artificial heart valve, or who have recently had a vascular procedure
or certain vascular diseases.
The goal of anticoagulant therapy is to prevent clots from forming in the
blood that could damage internal organs or lead to stroke.
King’s Daughters Ambulatory Pharmacy is staffed by five doctorate-prepared
pharmacists who specialize in managing anticoagulant therapy. Patients
at King's Daughters regional sites are seen by a secure telemedicine
connection. Testing and medication adjustments occur during the same visit.
“The telemedicine link allows patients in remote areas to benefit
from the expertise and experience of a focused pharmacy team,” said
Allen Perkins, PharmD., RPh., Ambulatory Pharmacy supervisor. “Our
goal is to partner with providers and patients alike to ensure the safest
and most effective therapy possible,” he added.
Patients are seen by appointment; a physician referral is required. Services
are available to any patient on anticoagulant therapy, regardless of who
their physician is or hospital affiliation, Perkins noted. Most insurance
plans, including Medicare, cover anticoagulant therapy management services.
For more information about the Ambulatory Pharmacy/Coumadin Clinics, please
call (606) 408-6000.