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Ambulatory Pharmacy services expand to Prestonsburg

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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.