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Medication Adherence Is the Key to a Healthier Population

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

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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 medication adherence, improving health

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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 medications, electronic prescribing, e-prescribing, drug cost

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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 pharmacy, medications, medication adherence, drug cost

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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 opioid abuse, pharmacy, e-prescribing

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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 opioid abuse, PDMP, pharmacy, eprescribing, electronic prescribing, drug abuse, controlled substances

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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 pharmacy, medication adherence, eprescribing, electronic prescribing, drug cost

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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 Moving to the Forefront of Healthcare IT

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

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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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Trends in Medical and Non-medical Use of Opioids among U.S. Adolescents

Nov 15, 2017 1:48:29 PM / by eazyScripts posted in e-prescribing, prescription drug monitoring program, PDMP, opioid abuse

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A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and posted on their web site highlighted the fact that most U.S. studies of national trends in medical and nonmedical use of prescription opioids have focused on adults. Given the limited understanding in these trends among adolescents, the AAP examined national trends in the medical and nonmedical use of prescription opioids among high school seniors between 1976 and 2015.

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PDMP Tracking Will Become the Law

Oct 31, 2017 12:21:00 PM / by eazyScripts posted in PDMP, e-prescribing, controlled substances, telemedicine

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A study published by Penn State University revealed that overdose deaths from prescription opioids in the U.S. quadrupled from 1999 to 2015, reaching 22,000 in 2015. This increase has been fueled by a dramatic rise in the amount of opioids being prescribed, creating a vast supply of drugs at high risk for misuse. Prescribers, therefore, are a vital link in addressing the current epidemic of overdose deaths and substance use disorders. The challenge is to develop and implement systems that help prescribers identify potential cases of misuse or diversion, while still allowing appropriate prescribing of opioids for pain control.

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