medication management

Employers should be concerned with Medication Adherence

Employers should be concerned with Medication Adherence. Medication Adherence for employees helps employers control Medical Costs. We review a lot of statistics. We attempt to be very accurate in reporting these to you. After all, we are talking about your health… and the cost of your employees health. The NCPA reported on the nature of these costs in 2014. You know it’s not pretty. There is something that you can do to start the needle moving in your favor. The issues are [...]

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New Drugs, New Patients. A New Patient Medication Adherence Challenges.

How a new patient learns about Medication Adherence is very important if the patient is going to be successful with their Oral Oncology therapy. There is an article that caught my eye. It’s really a press release from Xtalks, but it speaks to the point that there’s more to it than first meets the eye. More to “IT” has to do with almost anything these days. This article is in reference to the communication that has to take place when a [...]

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Mediation Adherence isn’t magic, but you have to believe that it’s necessary.

Your own “necessity beliefs” are key to your medication adherence being successful. I just read an article in LINK HERE: HCP Live which Suggests that doctors can help patients Perceive the necessity for taking a particular drug by telling the patients that they the medication they are prescribing is an important drug for the patient to take. This is accurate, but there’s so much more to it. I looked back on my own prescription taking history and I realize that there [...]

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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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Another study cites better Diabetes outcomes with Medication Adherence

This may sound familiar if you’ve read any of my blogs previously. It seems that many of these studies on medication adherence focus on Diabetes. Why? While I haven’t done a study on it, it would seem probable that it’s the nature of this chronic disease and it’s corresponding patients. It’s pretty obvious to those of us that are diabetics that the disease should be controllable and preventable. Just look at the nature of the projected growth of the [...]

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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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Communication is the Key to Medication Adherence

More and more articles studies seem to be researching and publishing that Communication with your doctor, pharmacist, or even with your benefits manager are the key to your medication adherence. The two most recent are the one published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) titled with the same name as this blog, Communication is the Key to Medication Adherence. The other is published by Modern Medicine (Voice of the Pharmacist) in an article called Collaboration may improve [...]

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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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