Thinking Outside the Pillbox: Six Priorities for Action to Support Improved Patient Medication Adherence

In its new research brief, NEHI calls for a national medication adherehcne agenda centered on six priorities for action for public and private policymakers to improve the way patients take their prescription medicine across the US. Read more >>

Source NEHI

How to encourage medication adherence to decrease health costs

It was the late C. Everett Koop, a former U.S. surgeon general, who once famously said: “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” That’s a simple way to look at a costly and complex problem- medication non-adherence- where the failure to take drugs on time in the dosages prescribed is both dangerous for patients and costly to the health care system. Read more >>

Source Smart Business

Walgreens and Express Scripts offer Smart90 Walgreens- a 90-day fill at retail- to improve adherence

Express Scripts and Walgreens on Thursday announced the launch of Smart90 Walgreens, a new option for Express Scripts clients interested in 90-day prescription drug programs that helps drive lower costs. Read more >>

Source Drug Store News

Putting the E in Adherence

EHRs seen as essential component in improving medication adherence

Getting patients to take their medicine has taken on a new importance as providers and pharmacists become accountable for what the medication is supposed to accomplish. Electronic health records could be vital to that quest. Read more >>

Source McKesson’s Better Health

Smartphone medication adherence apps: Potential benefits to patients and providers

Study Objectives: To provide an overview of medication adherence, discuss the potential for smartphone medication adherence applications (adherence apps), to improve medication nonadherence, evaluate features of adherence apps across operating systems (Oss), and identify future opportunities and barriers facing adherence apps. Read more >>

Source Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

Medicine Is Most Expensive When It’s Not Taken At All

If you want to know the real value of medicines, some of the best evidence comes from studies of what happens when people don’t take them. Recent research highlights the importance of adherence- the extent to which patients stick to their course of therapy- for realizing that value. Read more >>

Source Forbes

Skipping BP Drugs May Raise Stroke Risk

Patients with hypertension who don’t take their prescribed blood pressure-lowering medications may be placing themselves at risk for both fatal and nonfatal strokes, a large Finnish study showed. Read more >>

Source MedPage Today

Report: Pharmacists Key to Improving Mediocre Medication Adherence Levels

Patients taking prescription drugs for chronic conditions received an average medication adherence grade of just C+, according to a report released by the National Community Pharmacists Association. Read more >>

Source Pharmacy Times

Medication Adherence in America: A National Report Card

Americans with chronic medical conditions earn a troubling C+ grade in the first National Report  Card on Adherence from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)—a weak score particularly given the risks and costs of failing to take prescription medications as directed. Read more >>

Source NCPA & Langer Research Associates

Young adults, women among those less likely to adhere to diabetes medications

Non-adherence to diabetes medication is more likely to occur among young adults, women, those who use retail pharmacies and those who are new to diabetes therapies, according to data presented here at the ADA Scientific Sessions. Read more >>

Source Endocrine Today

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