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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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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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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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Telehealth and Medication Management seen as the biggest health improvements in years

I just reread a piece that I received last month. I read it and quickly dismissed it as a financial report only. When I read it again today I was stunned by a couple of points that were made in the Analysis of the North American Mediation Management Market of 2012. Don’t dismiss this as I did. It puts Telehealth and Medication Management in a perspective that you probably haven’t considered. In a couple of the bulleted points found down [...]

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HIV patients can cut their medication costs through Computer based drug adherence programs and so can you

For a long time there has been a bias toward doctors and clinicians regarding patients who need “medication adherence interventions.”  What does that mean to us lay people?  It means that if you are directed to take medication for your personal  health issue(s), by a doctor, and you don’t remember to take those meds on time, as directed, you need someone to remind you.  The more you take your meds as prescribed, the less the medical treatment is likely [...]

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Why your government and some of the biggest pharmaceutical and healthcare companies are pushing for you to be medication adherent

Your being medication adherent is an objective that, when accomplished creates four substantial positives. Your taking your meds as prescribed by your doctor: Will decrease the likelihood that you will experience unnecessary hospitalization. Will benefit the management of your chronic health issues. Will decrease the loss of profits of the pharmaceutical companies, which is estimated to be $564 billion globally per year. Will decrease the amount of money that your government and healthcare companies have to pay out for your healthcare. Because this is [...]

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The benefits of Medication Adherence for patients with coronary artery disease.

More information from the good doctors of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston: From a new study, reported in Medpage Today, seemingly a summation of 25 studies, mostly observational and retrospective in nature, Dr. Asaf Bitton, offers that medication adherent patients of coronary artery disease have much better outcomes. We all know this. I’m going to read between the lines…  while there are several quoted statistics for several different medication regimes in the March 2013 release, it seems that [...]

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Pharmacists are key to Medication Adherence

The Pharmacy Times has an article in their latest issue titled “Pharmacists Key to Improving Mediocre Medication Adherence Levels.”  Well, yeah… and, lets face it, the Pharmacy Times is primarily read by Pharmacists, so who else would they say tell? The results are pretty interesting, however, and also very timely. The Study was conducted between February and March 2013. The report states that patients that have a relationship with their Pharmacists are more likely to be adherent to their medication [...]

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HIV/AIDS Patients are living much longer. Why aren’t they all taking their pills?

Just ran across a rather startling statistic in in an article from HIV Positive Magazine: 56% of HIV/AIDS patients, who are enrolled in a Medical Management program where advisors constantly remind them to take their medications on time, are adherent. Only 38% of these patients are adherent when there is no program involved. The “cocktail” of medications has become so effective in containing the HIV virus that patients have at least tripled their life expectance, maybe more than tipled. HIV [...]

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