Pharmacy Technicians and Improving Onychomycosis Treatment Outcomes

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Objective: To provide an overview of onychomycosis and current treatments and to identify opportunities for pharmacy technicians to improve treatment outcomes. Data Sources: A MEDLINE/PubMed search (1966 to October 2018) was performed using search terms designed to identify English-language articles on onychomycosis diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, as well as articles on the impact of pharmacy technicians on onychomycosis outcomes and the use of pharmacy technicians to improve treatment adherence. Study Selection and Data Extraction: Review articles and clinical studies describing onychomycosis, risk factors, treatment efficacy, and prevention of recurrent infections were included. Data Synthesis: Although no articles on the impact of pharmacy technicians in the treatment of onychomycosis were found, the importance of treatment adherence on positive outcomes highlights a potential role of pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians can identify patients with potential onychomycosis based on questions about over-the-counter products and refer patients to the pharmacist for counseling on treatment. Pharmacy technicians can also reinforce treatment adherence at refill visits. Conclusions: Pharmacy technicians can have a positive impact on onychomycosis treatment outcomes by addressing barriers to successful treatment and promoting treatment adherence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-87
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • onychomycosis treatment
  • pharmacy technicians
  • treatment outcomes


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