The Showcase Magazine - Salutes

By Lauren Holstein

For most patients, it’s likely that their doctors are not talking to each other. Without their communication, you're at a higher risk for medical issues. Edith Feinstein RPh., C.C.P., FASCP helps to resolve medication issues by focusing on the communication between her client’s doctors. As an advocate on your side and advocate with experience, Feinstein can be your medical expert and care coordinator when communication is most critical.

Edith Feinstein RPh., C.C.P., FASCP has over 30 years of experience in medication management as a certified clinical consultant pharmacist. Feinstein began her career as a clinical pharmacist earning her degree from Rutgers College of Pharmacy. In 1980, she started her own consulting company called ELK Pharmacy Consultants working with long-term care facilities, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. ELK Pharmacy Consultants provided over ten thousand patients with assistance in medication review that included an evaluation of potential side effects thus reducing depression, neuropathy, minimizing medications and maximizing outcomes. Feinstein sold the company and retired in April of 2017, but it took less than a year before she realized her work wasn’t done.

Her current consulting is a more personalized approach. “In the current medical field, doctors are prescribing for specific parts of the body, but doctors and specialists are not speaking to one another. I'm there when they get side effects and things aren't working as they should. They just prescribe other drugs half the time and don't deal with the real issue,” says Feinstein. Her goal is to work with patients one on one and then come up with a communication plan that coordinates the various doctors. As a group, they evaluate the patient's medication for side effects, drug interactions, and blood work interactions. With this knowledge, Feinstein can help decrease the risk of negative effects from medication, lessen the number of medications being taken, help save money on healthcare prescriptions drug costs and more. So far Feinstein has helped over fifty patients solely from referrals. ““I just want to help people with their medications and health care issues,” says Feinstein.

Feinstein commonly works with patients 50+, those with geriatric psych needs, Parkinsonism, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and with children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. The length of consulting depends on how many doctors are involved in the care and if everyone is responsive. "I persevere, I don't let things go. I try to help the patient as best I can," says Feinstein. She will often try to find one doctor who wants to take the lead to rally the others.

Feinstein sees her business as the future of clinical Pharmacist practice, hoping it will soon be part of Medicare and healthcare. "It's a new thing, but I think it'll be very important and valuable for people," says Feinstein. "It's an appendage to help in the patient's care." With pharmacies growing, she hopes that others will be able to use the information and schooling they’ve learned to also form practices like hers.

To improve your doctor-to-doctor communication, call for a free consultation (908)391-9051.