New Asthma Research Study Underway

March 19, 2006 -- 5:50 PM CST


JONESBORO, AR -- One local pharmacy is participating in a nation-wide research study to help patients with asthma improve their condition.  


Dr. Brandon Cooper of Soo’s Drug Store is an advocate for helping patients get their asthma under control.  


“What we're starting here today is a new program in which we can proactively get patients who have asthma involved in their healthcare outcomes,” said Cooper.


The Asthma Intervention Program will monitor patients and their intake of medication.   Pharmacists will determine if a patient is elgible by having them fill out a five-question survey.   If they are elgible, results will be shared with their physician.  They then will receive follow-up consultations with the pharmacist to determine if their condition has improved.


Pharmacists will also get the chance to connect more with thier patients healthcare well-being.


“Alot of people don’t see their doctor on a regular basis, but yet many of those same people may visit their pharmacy everyday,” said Cooper.


Experts say that when people have their asthma under control, they should expect to be more active and have less symptoms.  


An estimated 20 million people in the United States have asthma, and reports show that the numbers aren’t going down.   Pharmacists believe that signing up for the Asthma Intervention Program is a must.          


“Once people determine that there is a need for this and that there is someone else trying to help care for their healthcare outcome, then I think a lot of people will be interested,” said Cooper.