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Pacific pharmacy students will host Medicare workshops in Lodi on Thursday

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Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:23 am, Sat Oct 22, 2011.

On Thursday, University of the Pacific representatives will be meeting with Lodi residents as part of the Medicare Part D Community Outreach Program. It launched earlier this week.

The program, which includes screenings, vaccinations and enrollment help in multiple languages, is being conducted by students from University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The workshops will assist Medicare beneficiaries who plan to enroll in a new prescription drug plan. During each workshop, students will identify the Part D plan that provides the lowest annual cost based on the beneficiary's prescription medication profile and their personal preference of pharmacy. Under the guidance of Pacific professors, the students will also help beneficiaries determine if they qualify for a low-income subsidy and pursue other cost-savings strategies.

Pacific pharmacy students will also evaluate prescription medications to determine if they are safe to take together, provide detailed medication counseling and create a personalized medication record. And, in some cases, the students will contact the beneficiary's prescriber/ pharmacist with specific recommendations. Other services offered during the outreach events include blood pressure testing, diabetes screening, cholesterol testing, asthma screening, bone density testing, medication disposal, memory decline screening and vaccinations for the flu, shingles and pneumococcal.

Services will be offered in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog and Vietnamese, depending on the location. Last year, Pacific pharmacy students provided services to more than 400 Medicare beneficiaries, resulting in potential out-ofpocket savings of more than $170,000, according to a press release.

Lodi's workshop will be held from 1-6 p.m. Thursday at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St.

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