Reducing Risk by Managing Medications

A patient with hypertension was taking losartan with a year-to-date proportion of days covered (PDC) of 60%. The patient’s primary care physician had reduced the losartan dose to a half tablet daily. However, further review suggested that the patient’s 10-year risk for ASCVD (atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease) was still 16.2%.

To lower the risk, the pharmacy team worked with the patient’s primary care provider to update the losartan prescription and initiate a statin to lower cholesterol. When the team followed up with the patient, they were able to confirm that the patient was tolerating both medication changes well.

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