Monthly Archives - October 2014

Medication Adherence across the pond

Aston University, A Life and Health Sciences school in Birmingham, England, as released a study on Medication Adherence, (called AMAS) which they view as a breakthrough because, until now, there seems not to have been a study that focuses on lower income patients which is broken down by ethnic and cultural and socioeconomic groups. The AMAS is such a study. There seems to be some divergence from what we might find in a U.S. research study. Where the U.S. studies [...]

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Your Smartphone is about to be your new best medical friend

In this age of uncertainty of the future of medicine as it relates to cost and doctors, we are likely seeing the future of medicine on-the-go using your smart phone, and sending you and maybe your doctor information about your health. The world is changing. You’re already attached to your smart phone and it will be even more of your daily life in the future. Everything in your medical future is likely to be kept on your phone. And it [...]

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Confusion over the color of their pills

Another day, another study on the habits of patients. This new study was done by multiple authors (Aaron Kessleheim, chief author) based at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. It seems to work backwards to most studies regarding medication adherence… I’ll explain further. But first you have to understand a couple of pieces of the medication terminology. Medication Adherence has to do with a patient’s commitment to take his or her prescriptions consistently as prescribed by their [...]

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Facts about Diabetes that everyone needs to know

On November 17, 2012, the CEO of Eli Lilly, John C. Lechleiter, put out a letter about the significance of Diabetes in the world.  He did that because it was World Diabetes Day.  But, when you understand the statistics involved with this disease and the cost, you’ll probably agree with me that everyday is “World Diabetes Day.”  I am a diabetic myself, but was stunned none-the-less by what I learned from Dr. Lechleiter’s letter:  The world’s diabetic population has doubled since [...]

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Medication Adherence is more than just about pills

It’s incredibly important to the future of your healthcare and that of the nations. Nonadherence is the level of failure to take your medications. Adherence is the opposite. Its’ so important to your health that companies are studying what you take, why you take it, when you take it, and why you might not be taking it. There is a school of thought (and study) that says that people don’t take their meds mostly due to cost. And becomes more [...]

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Study Shows Adherent Cholesterol Patients have increased medication costs

The most recent study shows that adherent individuals that take statins to fight their high cholesterol (who remained on their meds over a two year period) were, in fact, healthier. The downside is that it cost them more money, including medications and hospitalizations than those that didn’t. Stunning news. Not. Those of us that use these meds could have guessed this. Prior studies showed that adherence leads to lower costs overall. But the combination of these studies fails to speak to [...]

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One pill treats high blood pressure and cholesterol?

It’s not available yet, but it’s likely to be considered in the very near future.  The “Polypill” is meant to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol in patients over 50. Its been tested in a small group in England; only 84 patients participated in the study, reports the Reuters News Service in a story recently published. Doctors from Queen Mary University of London have reportedly surmised that the success of this test indicates that it would be good for all [...]

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The FDA approves HIV medication

For the very first time, the FDA has approved a contraceptive pill to prevent the spread of HIV infections: Truvada. This drug is intended to cut the risk of people that are having sex with HIV – infected partners, though studies have shown that the drug only cuts the risk by 42% and should not be considered a replacement for condoms alone, cautions the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Truvada has been on the market since 2004, for the purpose of treating people [...]

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A note from your doctor: take your meds

Patients, it is reported in a new study, are much more likely to remember to take their meds when their Doctors involve them in office visit notes, InformationWeek reports.   It’s interesting to learn that any doctor would ever consider not sharing such notes with patients. Doctors may share concern over the new world of on-line medical records.  After all, the Obama Administration got very upset with the medical industry when it found doctors possibly using their notes for the [...]

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Hospitals versus medication adherence

It isn’t really fair to say Hospitals versus medication adherence. But, if you are fully adherent but you’re much more likely to be able to stay out of a hospital. If you’ve had a stay in the hospital recently, your adherence can certainly reducing the chances of your going back in. I was reading a brief put out by the NEHI regarding readmissions into hospitals. The article is entitled “Improving Medication Adherence and Reducing Readmissions.”  I find it a bit [...]

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