Assessing pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic risks in candidates for kidney transplantation.


PURPOSE Pharmacotherapy concerns and other factors with a bearing on patient selection for kidney transplantation are discussed. SUMMARY The process of selecting appropriate candidates for kidney transplantation involves multidisciplinary assessment to evaluate a patient's mental, social, physical, financial, and medical readiness for successful surgery and good posttransplantation outcomes. Transplantation pharmacists can play important roles in the recognition and stratification of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic risks in prospective kidney transplant recipients and the identification of issues that require a mitigation strategy. Key pharmacotherapy-related issues and considerations during the risk assessment process include (1) anticoagulation concerns, (2) cytochrome P-450 isoenzyme-mediated drug interactions, (3) mental health-related medication use, (4) chronic pain-related medication use, (5) medication allergies, (6) use of hormonal contraception and replacement therapy, (7) prior or current use of immunosuppressants, (8) issues with drug absorption, (9) alcohol use, (10) tobacco use, (11) active use of illicit substances, and (12) use of herbal supplements. Important areas of nonpharmacologic risk include vaccine delivery, infection prophylaxis and treatment, and socially related factors such as nonadherent behavior, communication barriers, and financial, insurance, or transportation challenges that can compromise posttransplantation outcomes. CONCLUSION Consensus opinions of practitioners in transplantation pharmacy regarding the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic factors that should be considered in assessing candidates for kidney transplantation are presented.

DOI: 10.2146/ajhp140476

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@article{Maldonado2015AssessingPA, title={Assessing pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic risks in candidates for kidney transplantation.}, author={Angela Q Maldonado and Eric M Tichy and Christin C Rogers and Maya Campara and Christopher R Ensor and Christina Teeter Doligalski and Steven Gabardi and Jillian L Descourouez and Ian C Doyle and Jennifer Trofe-Clark}, journal={American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists}, year={2015}, volume={72 10}, pages={781-93} }