It has always been our goal to provide the very best patient care available anywhere. As pharmacists, one of the most important ways we can help is to make sure patients have all of the prescription medicines they need...when they need them...and the information they need to actually take them.
Unfortunately, not everyone takes their medications as they were prescribed. There are so many reasons for medication non-adherence. Some patients find it inconvenient to get to the pharmacy. Some medications are too expensive for patients to acquire. Other patients are confused by complicated medication regimens and just stop taking them. There are also countless patients that have unique reasons for not taking their medicine. To assure patients take their medications as prescribed, all of these reasons must be addressed.
That’s why we introduced MedHereToday Adherence Program into our pharmacy.
MedHereToday is the name for a unique system developed to help our patients adhere to their medication schedule. Our MedHereToday Adherence Program (formerly called Mind Your Medicine) has helped hundreds of patients, their families, and care-givers. This pharmacist driven system has its roots in Medication Therapy Management (MTM), but is expanded to help all patients in need.
Studies have shown that MedHere Today patients are more adherent to their medications. Improved adherence leads to positive outcomes. Positive outcomes mean healthier patients. Healthier patients are less costly to the health care system and money is saved.
Why is Medication Adherence Important?
According to a 2009 study by the New England Health Institute the costs of medication non-adherence are an estimated 290 billion dollars to the healthcare system, with most of the costs coming from non-adherence in patients with chronic diseases. A 2012 release by Express Scripts estimated the cost of non-adherence to be over $315 billion dollars. In short, non-adherence equals non-management of chronic disease, which increases healthcare costs for all parties. Statistics have shown that 1/3 to 1/2 of patients do not take their medications properly and the more chronic diseases a patient has, the more complicated their medication regimen, the more likely they are to be non-adherent.
In a 2005 study published in the Journal of Medical Care, Sokol calculated the potential savings to the healthcare system for increased adherence in diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. This study showed that for every 1 dollar spent on increased medication adherence in diabetes, the healthcare system saved 7 dollars. Similar findings were reported with hypertension and high cholesterol.
This is a huge burden on the health of our patients and a financial burden on our already weakening health care system. What can we do?
We MUST improve medication adherence. By improving adherence we can improve patient outcomes and lower overall health care costs. This can be done. It has been done...by pharmacists.
To be a part of our MedHere Today Program, contact us today!
It’s simple and free!
For more information on MedHere Today visit the MedHere Today Website.