pharmaceuticals

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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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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Using Statins to control your cholesterol

Predicting America’s health The biggest cause of death is Cardiovascular Disease, probably heart attack or stroke. I read about a new set of calculations that suggest that half of American’s have abnormal lipids. That means CHOLESTEROL. That means, as a nation, we’re fat and more and more we’re dependent on Statins, which is the most standard pharmaceutical answer to the problem. According to Dr. Eliot Brinton, director of the National Lipid Assoc., many patients are hesitant to comply with their doctor’s prescribed [...]

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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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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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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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Women forget to take their meds more than men do

Usually, I’d get in trouble for making a comment about women, such as this one. But THIS one is published in the Huffington Post. Women, it seems, really are not as good as men when it comes to taking their meds on time. We talk about how patients are really, well, just awful at taking their meds as directed by their physicians. We have often said that medications are not taken almost half of the time. It’s a national health [...]

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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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The U.S. Surgeon General talks medication adherence

The U.S. Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, is on the campaign trail. No, not for elections, for trying to get the public to become adherent to their prescriptions. Benjamin says that “75% of the American people,” aren’t taking their medications as prescribed. Benjamin called medication nonadherence “a major public health problem.”  This leads to unnecessary complications including heart attack and stroke. “There are many reasons why people don’t take their medicine as directed, from concerns about side effects to the out-of-pocket costs [...]

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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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