cost of medications

Looking at the Fake Drug Industry

Are Prescription Drugs so expensive that they’re forcing you to buy from foreign pharmacies? The answer is often yes… prescription Drugs are too expensive to purchase on a regular basis. But if you skimp on the purchase of U.S. manufactured drugs you are very likely giving yourself a placebo; a fake drug that will likely not do what the doctor prescribed the drug to handle and may very well be doing you damage. Newsweek Magazine reported that Phony Medicine is a [...]

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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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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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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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Healthy Savings

I just read an article that I highly recommend you read. This article by Joel White, in the North County Times, (the North County way up thar between San Diego and Riverside, CA), suggests several issues that are important for you to read and know. Rather than write an extended blog on the subject I’m going to highlight some of the information that Mr. White writes about, hoping that you will click on the link above and read the article [...]

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Medication Adherence in the 3rd World

I just ran across an article from Examiner.com, which appears to be an on-line publication out of Hawaii. The article sites a study done in Turkey in 2012 (which I don’t know how since we’re not quite there yet) wherein 750 patients with high blood pressure try to find answers about why these patients don’t take their medications as prescribed. I doubt that there are very many differences between high blood pressure patients and those with other diseases… unless [...]

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Bipolar patients need to be reminded to take their meds

You know that expression, “It takes a village?”  When it comes to Bipolar patients it might be the case that patients need a village to help them with their medications. According to a news story in News-Medical, a recent study on patients with Bipolar Disorder and their adherence to their medication regimen. The study was done via a 15 question survey asking almost 2,500 psychiatrists what might be the cause of a lack of adherence among their Bipolar patients . [...]

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