(Sponsored)- COVID-19 and its variants have shone a spotlight on an essential group within our healthcare system that sometimes may be overlooked but play a vital role in patient care: our nation’s pharmacists.

Our experience with pharmacists is likely centered around filling our prescriptions or providing clinical advice about a medication or over-the-counter treatment. But the healthcare landscape is shifting, and today, many of America’s 330,000+ pharmacists are trained and licensed to do much more. As complex new therapies and digital healthcare technology solutions are developed, the role of the pharmacist continues to evolve beyond pills in a bottle. From being available to do wellness screenings and prescribing of medications to helping with disease management and digital health solutions, pharmacists are trusted health professionals who can help patients and their caregivers stay on track of medication regimens and their overall health and wellbeing.

Pharmacist Susan Peppers, from Express Scripts Pharmacy, one of the largest pharmacies in the U.S., and Professor John McHugh, from Columbia University’s School of Public Health, joins us to discuss key findings from recently published research that shows how much patients and providers trust our pharmacists and how that trust can translate to better care.