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Medication Adherence Is the Key to a Healthier Population

Feb 20, 2018 11:15:04 AM / by eazyScripts posted in patient outcomes, improving health, medication adherence, pharma

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The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), in a lengthy study aimed at discovering and developing ways for patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives, concluded that successful treatment of disease with prescription medicines requires consistent use of the medicines as prescribed.

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Social Support Networks Can Improve Medication Adherence

Feb 13, 2018 2:58:27 PM / by eazyScripts posted in improving health, medication adherence

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The cost of medication non-adherence is significant in terms of loss of life and monetary costs. According to the CDC, 20 to 30 percent of prescriptions are never filled, and in about 50 percent of cases, medication is not continued as prescribed.

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Using e-Prescribing and Drug Coupons to Lower Out-of-pocket Costs

Feb 7, 2018 9:55:07 AM / by eazyScripts posted in drug cost, e-prescribing, electronic prescribing, medications

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Your medicine may come with a new side effect -- financial pain. Prescription-drug spending is growing at a phenomenal rate according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). And, the sickest Americans are bearing the biggest burden. Some 43 percent of those in fair or poor health say it’s somewhat or very difficult to afford their medications, and 37 percent say they’ve skipped out on filling a prescription because of cost, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

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Drug Pricing and How It Affects Medication Adherence

Feb 2, 2018 11:16:36 AM / by eazyScripts posted in drug cost, medication adherence, medications, pharmacy

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Cost may be the biggest barrier to medication adherence, according to pharmacists. Numerous studies have found as many as three of four Americans don’t take medications as prescribed.  A recent survey by CVS Caremark of more than 2,400 of its retail pharmacists revealed that 62 percent believe the high cost of drugs is the biggest reason why. The pharmacists estimated that, during the course of a year, nearly one third of their customers decide not to fill a prescription due to price.

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Opioid Epidemic Declared a National Emergency; Proposed Law Calls for Mandatory E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances to Curb Abuse

Jan 23, 2018 1:42:14 PM / by eazyScripts posted in e-prescribing, pharmacy, opioid abuse

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In a move that is widely supported by both political parties, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency.  Doing so will allow for additional resources to be used toward fighting the opioid crisis, which could include expanding treatment facilities and supplying first responders with the anti-overdose remedy, naloxone. 

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How Long Patients Take Opioids after Surgery Is Stronger Risk Factor for Addiction than Dosage

Jan 18, 2018 1:30:55 PM / by eazyScripts posted in controlled substances, drug abuse, electronic prescribing, eprescribing, pharmacy, PDMP, opioid abuse

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Research reported this week in HealthDay, U.S. News and World Report’s e-Newsletter, states that how long a patient takes opioid painkillers after surgery is a much stronger risk factor for addiction and overdose than the dosage of the opioids taken.

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E-prescribing Improves Medication Adherence

Jan 10, 2018 12:50:43 PM / by eazyScripts posted in drug cost, electronic prescribing, eprescribing, medication adherence, pharmacy

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The use of e-prescribing can improve patients’ adherence to prescription medications. It also facilitates better communications between patients, physicians and pharmacists.

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E-prescribing Not Only Reduces Opioid Abuse; It Also Saves Money

Jan 3, 2018 12:29:23 PM / by Gule Shiekh, COO & Co-Founder posted in e-prescribing, electronic prescribing, PDMP, opiod abuse, prescription drug monitoring program

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An estimated 80 percent of abused controlled substances are obtained by prescription and legally dispensed to the abuser, an abuser’s friend or a family member. In many cases, opioids are obtained through so-called “doctor shopping” — seeing multiple doctors and obtaining a prescription from each.

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E-Prescribing Moving to the Forefront of Healthcare IT

Dec 13, 2017 8:15:39 AM / by eazyScripts posted in controlled substances, e-prescribing, medication adherence, telemedicine, telehealth, PDMP

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E-prescribing is moving to the forefront of healthcare IT thanks to the benefits it brings to patients, physician workflow efficiency, and pharmacies. In fact, 90 percent of pharmacies in the United States now accept electronic prescriptions and 70 percent of physicians use e-prescribing, according to the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT.  With this level of adoption, the industry is well on its way toward enjoying the patient safety, efficiency and cost savings benefits associated with e-prescribing.

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CDC Offers Pharmacists Advice on Improving Medication Adherence

Dec 4, 2017 4:53:56 PM / by Reed Liggin, RPh, CEO of eazyScripts posted in e-prescribing, medication adherence, telemedicine

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A recent article in the Specialty Pharmacy Times stated that medication adherence is a constant struggle for pharmacists, especially those treating patients with conditions that require high-touch, high-cost specialty drugs. Missing just a single dose of medication may cause adverse health events or cost additional dollars spent on these patients. Preventing adverse events and extra costs are an important goal of specialty pharmacists.

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