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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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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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The more meds I take, the more I forget to take them

I feel like I take too many medications, but my doctor says that they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing even if I can’t tell. He has me do at least a couple of blood tests a year to make sure that all of my medical issues are on track. They’re not on track if I forget to take my meds. He says that taking my medications regularly is the first important step in achieving my goals for being [...]

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Brain Stents are discouraged as a result of study

Lifestyle changes encouraged A national clinical trial, sponsored by the National Institute for Health (NIH) and carried out on 450 high risk stroke patients nationwide, commenced with the theory that placing brain stents into patients with considerable narrowing of major arteries would be beneficial. It was believed that these stroke patients would get more blood into their brains and would reduce their chances of having a second stroke. But that theory was not proven. Medical News Today reports that the enrollment [...]

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Different meds for different patients

I was chatting over lunch with a girlfriend of mine, a very elegant and smart woman named Joanna, and another good friend, Robert. Over the course of lunch the subject of a doctor’s prescription came up. The doctor was adding a medication to Robert’s regimen of daily medications. Joanna objected. “You’ve got to get off all that stuff. America is so overmedicated, it’s ridiculous,” she proclaimed. “It just can’t be good for us to take all those drugs.” I thought for [...]

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Are the cost of Meds stopping you from taking your meds? Probably not.

The medical industry is keenly aware that being adherent to a prescription regimen will help to manage diseases and sometimes even cure a patient of his disease. Its also been known that patients aren’t particularly good at taking their meds as directed. For the past few years there have been studies on the adherence of patients and why they are or are not adherent.  Only about half of the patients who have a prescription take their meds after the first [...]

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