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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:00 am

Meet AppaGrapha, a Pharmacist-designed Medication Adherence App

As pharmacists with many years of patient care experience in a variety of pharmacy settings, including community pharmacy, hospital, long-term care, and specialty pharmacy, we understand the challenges that come with the diagnosis of a new medical condition requiring medication therapy. Whether short term or long term, the introduction of a medication therapy into ones’ life is an inconvenience necessity that many patients would prefer not to have to deal with. With today’s fast paced and very busy lifestyle, remembering to take medication is not always top of mind. We are very excited to introduce to you, AppaGrapha, a smartphone...

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Friday, September 19, 2014 10:00 am

Healthy Options for the College-bound Care Package

Well, it’s mid-September, and for some, the house is quieter and the tearful ‘Good-byes’ are a not too distant memory. Could it be that you have a family member who is away from home attending college? If so,  consider putting together a care package capable of turning an average day of classes into one of the best memories ever. Be creative and fun. Let your loved one know that you are thinking of them and their new friends. Care packages do double-duty when shared 🙂 So…what should you send? My nutrition mantra is simple: variety and moderation. I typically select...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:00 am

Why Medication Adherence Matters

Medication adherence has become an important topic in the world of healthcare.  Generally speaking, the goal of medication treatment is to increase patient health and well-being. So then, if a patient frequently misses their medication, feels well, and appears to be in good health, should we really get all worked up about their non-adherence? Good question! Since many medical conditions have few noticeable symptoms that interfere with daily life, it is understandable that patients experiencing side effects, financial burdens or other obstacles would fall off their medication treatment, whether intentionally or unintentionally. With chronic health problems such as diabetes, high...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 10:00 am

Everyone Needs a Flu Vaccine!

With summer coming to a close and fall on the horizon, now is the best time to get your annual flu shot. Stop in to your local pharmacy or schedule an appointment with your health care provider to ensure you and your loved ones are protected. Vaccinate now and prevent spreading the flu. Your action is a critically important step to shield yourself and those around you.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:00 am

What is Medication Adherence?

Medication adherence is the phrase used by healthcare providers and pharmacists to describe how patients take their medication.  When a patient is described as adherent, we understand that they take their medication exactly as prescribed. When we talk about medication non-adherence we are referring to the patient missing or incorrectly taking some of their doses.  Most patients want to take their medication correctly and work hard at remembering to take their medication on time. However, despite all good intentions, as time marches on, adherence often begins to slip. Non-adherence becomes the pattern healthcare providers and pharmacists notice. There are many...

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Sunday, September 07, 2014 10:17 pm

Now Available in Google Play Store

We are excited to announce AppaGrapha is now in beta! Be a part of the AppaGrapha Community: improve your medication adherence and influence others to do the same with this innovative new medication management tool. We welcome your feedback and value your experience as we fine-tune the development of this cool new app. Find us in Google Play.