prescriptions

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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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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The more you test your glucose the more adherent you become.

Typically, when one reads about “medication adherence” it’s in the grand sense. It’s all diseases combined and how many dollars we might save as a country if we all took our medications as prescribed by a physician. This study, reported by DNS, found that diabetics who test their glucose 1 or more times per day are much more likely to be adherent to their drug regimen and were found to have a lower A1C level. Now… it’s expensive to buy all [...]

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24 Million people in the U.S. are prescribed Aspirin to fight against cardiovascular disease

MedCity News reports that about 15% of patients who take their daily aspirin, as prescribed by their physician’s, have gastrointestinal problems as a result. That’s 3.6 million patients who need to seek an alternative to help them be adherent for the purposes of fending off cardiovascular disease. A NASDAQ listed company, called Pozen, has developed a drug that has been studied in two double blind tests over two years and involved over 1,000 subjects. The company says it’s looking for a [...]

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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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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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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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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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