Tag Archive: medication adherence

Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:00 am
Staying Healthy With AppaGrapha

Improving Medication Adherence Scores, Health, and Well-Being

We all want to feel well and be well. Good health and well-being are common goals leading most of us to seek medical intervention when we suspect something may be not quite right. Receiving a diagnosis involving a chronic disease can be life-changing. With any diagnosis there can be new routines, new medications, and new challenges. All of this can seem overwhelming, especially early on in the journey. It is important to remember to reach out and ask for help whenever you need guidance, encouragement, or whatever your unique situation may call for. One of the greatest challenges we face...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:02 pm

Shedding Light on the High Cost of Low Adherence

Healthcare costs are top of mind these days for all of us: patients, providers, and legislators alike. This focus is for good reason according to the most recent available figures. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report healthcare spending increased 5.8 percent in 2015, averaging $9,990 per person. These figures are derived from the National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA) official estimates on total U.S. healthcare spending.1 Of the nearly $3.2 trillion dollars we spend annually on healthcare goods and services, public health initiatives, government administration, insurance net costs, and health related investments, it is estimated one dollar for...

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Friday, April 17, 2015 6:00 am

World Hemophilia Day, April 17th

World Hemophilia Day is an international observance held annually on April 17 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). It is an awareness day for hemophilia and other inherited and acquired bleeding disorders. April 17 was chosen in honor of WFH founder Frank Schnabel, who was born on that day. World Hemophilia Day, first observed in 1989, is a day of celebration and appreciation of the vast number of family members and other individuals who provide care, services and support for those living with Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. The World Federation of Hemophilia launched the 2015 theme “Building a Family of...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:16 pm

The Growing World of Medication Self-Administration…Injectables

It’s 2015. In the world of pharmacy, Specialty Pharmacy in particular, many medications require administration via an injectable route. Self-administration of injectable medication is becoming more common. This fact is often met with fear and trepidation by patients who can’t imagine themselves managing such a complicated task. But, fear not! With training and patience …can’t resist a good pun 😉 …most patients can become comfortable with self-administration of injectable medications. The most common routes of self-administration in the home setting are subcutaneous (SQ or SC)/under the skin and intramuscular (IM)/into a muscle.  Other injectable routes of administration such as intravenous...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:30 pm

A Medication Reminder and More For Really, Really Busy People…Yes, That’s You!

Let’s face it, no one enjoys having to take medication. This is especially true when it is necessary to do so on a routine basis. In a word it can be simply… inconvenient.  Not only is it difficult to deal with the hassle of obtaining the medication, but also it is a hassle to remember to take medication. The hassle-factor is further compounded when you add on multiple medications. Layer this into a busy lifestyle and it’s no wonder most of us have difficulty staying on top of our medication schedules. As Pharmacists, we know all too well the challenges...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 11:00 am

Questions For The Pharmacist?

The state mandated offer to counsel, “Do you have any questions for the pharmacist?’, while not new, continues to remain an underutilized patient resource. Granted it may sound like a mere obligatory offer when you hear it repeated patient after patient at the pharmacy counter, but in reality it is so much more. Just ask any Pharmacist. Conversations uncover issues(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) We love to talk with our patients! You are the reason we do what we do on a daily basis. And just in case you are wondering…there are no foolish questions. I believe most of my colleagues...

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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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Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:02 pm

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Abuse of prescription medication continues to be on the rise in the United States. A leading factor is the misconception that prescription drugs are “safer” than illicit street drugs. All prescription drugs have the potential to cause side effects which may be harmful. This is especially true when prescription drugs are improperly used or abused. Prevent prescription drug diversion into the hands of our children. The home is the primary initial source of prescription drug access for many pre-teen and older children. Ease of access to unsecured or unused prescription drugs is a major contributing factor. Securing prescription drugs in a medication...

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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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