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Curtis Triplitt, PharmD, on Patient-Centered Diabetes Care

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In this interview, Curtis Triplitt, PharmD, associate professor and assistant dean of research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Permian Basin, explains why diabetes should be treated with a patient-centered approach.

In this interview, Curtis Triplitt, PharmD, associate professor and assistant dean of research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Permian Basin, explains why diabetes should be treated with a patient-centered approach. This means that therapies should be based on an individual, not a population. Patient-centered approaches require payer and provider to examine a patient’s specific characteristics and needs such as race, gender, comorbidities, and motivation. “You take those different characteristics of a patient, apply them to a particular drug, and see if they fit,” said Dr Triplitt. He compared prescribing a DPP-4 inhibitor, a well- tolerated once-a day-oral medication that fits well in a large population, with pramlintide, used in combination with insulin and in a smaller population.


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