Medication Therapy Management (MTM)

Why is medication therapy management needed?

Medication-related problems and medication mismanagement are a massive public health problem in the United States. Experts estimate that 1.5 million preventable adverse events occur each year that result in $177 billion in injury and death.

Where is medication therapy management provided?

Pharmacists provide medication therapy management services in all care settings in which patients take medications. While pharmacists in different settings may provide different types of medication therapy management services, the goal of all pharmacists providing medication therapy management is to make sure that the medication is right for the patient and his or her health conditions and that the best possible outcomes from treatment are achieved.

Who can benefit from medication therapy management?

Anyone who uses prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbals, or other dietary supplements may potentially benefit from medication therapy management services. People who may benefit the most include those who:

  • use several medications
  • have several health conditions
  • have questions or problems with their medications
  • are taking medications that require close monitoring
  • have been hospitalized
  • obtain their medications from more than one pharmacy