Tag Archive: appagrapha

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:00 am

How to Handle a Missed Dose of Medication

It happens more frequently than most of us realize, and yet, it never fails to cause us concern. I am referring to that “Oh, no…now what do I do?” moment when you realize that you’ve forgotten to take your medicine.  Missed doses of medication add up(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) The best proactive advise I can give is the recommendation that patients keep a file of all information received with  the prescription fill. This information may come in handy more often than you expect. The patient prescription information is where you will find instructions for a missed dose specific to your...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:00 am

Patients on New Hepatitis C Treatment Sovaldi Failing to Complete Treatment. The More Things Change …..

Last week CVS released data via their CVS Health Research Institute announcing that they found over 8% of Hepatitis C patients on Gilead’s Sovaldi are failing to complete their treatment and treated this as breaking news. Sovaldi has had an amazing year. It burst onto the market with a cure rate of nearly 90%. Sovaldi also decreased the length of treatment to 12 weeks with a low side effect profile. All fantastic news. With it’s $84,000 price tag and the large patient population it quickly attained blockbuster status and stirred debate. This unleashed a debate among insurers, government agencies and...

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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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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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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.