Duquesne University Center For Pharmacy Care
Director: Suzanne Higginbotham, B.S., Pharm.D., BCACP
About The Center
The Center for Pharmacy Care is part of the Duquesne University Pharmacy and is a pharmacist-coordinated provider of disease prevention and disease management services for the Duquesne University campus and Pittsburgh community.
The Center for Pharmacy Care, established in October 2002, provides wellness, disease prevention and medication therapy management programs, focusing on hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes asthma, chronic pain, depression, travel health and osteoporosis.
We offer campus and community health screenings, lifestyle counseling, educational seminars, drug therapy review and management, disease state management and outcome reporting for certain health conditions.
Our educational programs, presented by experienced clinical pharmacists and pharmacy residents, enhance the awareness of health and wellness issues. We provide an individualized assessment of current medication therapies and assist our patients in choosing self-care treatment options.
Our screening professionals are student pharmacists under the supervision of our staff. The Center is dedicated to the education of the public in an effort to promote wellness, increase awareness of risk for chronic diseases, medication therapy management, and improve health outcomes. We are driven by the desire to improve the health outcomes and well-being of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities.
Pre-travel appointments will include an assessment of what vaccines are needed, education on how to try to prevent or handle illnesses while traveling, and assistance with obtaining necessary medications. Most travel vaccines, including yellow fever, will be offered.
Lunar Achilles Express measures the bone density of the heel used as a screening tool to assess risk for osteoporosis . Osteoporosis is a disease where bones become fragile and more likely to break or fracture due to loss of bone density.
Blood Pressure Assessments
With the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease it is more important than ever to have your blood pressure regularly assessed. Measuring your blood pressure and keeping a record of the measurements will show you and your doctor how much your blood pressure may change. Your doctor can use your record of measurements to see how well your medicine is working to control your high blood pressure. Also, measuring your own blood pressure is a good way to take part in managing your own health and recognizing changes.
Peripheral Artery Disease Screening
The ABI exam is a fast effective tool for screening for peripheral artery disease, a potentially life threatening disease. This test is recommended for any patient who has one of the following risk factors: over age 65, diabetic, overweight, high blood pressure, inactive or bedridden, high cholesterol, family history of heart attack or stroke.
At our facility, a single finger prick can provide a wealth of information about your health. We measure total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and glucose in a single test. These levels help us to determine your risk level for developing cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Already have a diagnosis? It’s even more important for you to get these levels checked regularly to assess the effectiveness of your current treatment.
Blood Glucose Screening
One Touch Ultra glucometers are used to, report current blood sugar level. This value allows us to check for possible diabetes or monitor treatment of diabetes.
Body Composition Analysis
The Tanita Body Composition Analyzer provides patient values for Body Mass Index, Fat %, Basal metabolic Rate, Total Body Water, Fat Mass, and Free Fat Mass. It also gives individualized desirable ranges. You and the pharmacists can discuss your weight loss goals and lifestyle changes based on your results.
For patients who are at risk for developing diabetes or are already diagnosed, The Bayer DCA 2000 can provide a picture of your blood sugar control over the past few months. Our pharmacists can then offer counseling on what you should continue doing and what you can change to get an optimum level.
Performed via the Hgb Pro device utilizing a small blood sample obtained by fingerstick. Hemoglobin is an accurate measurement used to assess anemia risk and severity. Low hemoglobin is an indication of anemia. Your doctor can perform additional tests to determine the cause and best treatment for your anemia. If you already have a diagnosis of anemia it is important for you to get hemoglobin levels checked regularly to assess the effectiveness of your current treatment.
The KoKo Spirometer is a screening tool for patients with asthma or those wishing to be screened for the disease. The machine assesses pulmonary function through a variety of tests to give the pharmacist a snapshot of how well your lungs are working. Pharmacists are able to assess therapy for COPD in asthma patients when using the KoKo Spirometer.
Dr. Suzanne Higginbotham
Director of Duquesne University Center for Pharmacy Care
215A Student Union
Dr. Elizabeth Bunk
215A Student Union
Dr. Bob Laux
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
317 Bayer Hall
304D Bayer Hall
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.