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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 … Continued

By Reed Liggin, RPh, CEO of eazyScripts Electronic-prescribing (e-prescribing) is one part of the larger move to increased utilization of health information technologies (HITs). Along with other HITs such as electronic health records, telehealth, and health information exchanges, e-prescribing is seen as a tool for improving patient-centered care. The potential benefits of e-prescribing are extended … Continued

Telepsychiatry is the application of telemedicine to the specialty field of psychiatry. Greater bandwidth, better security and emerging video technologies are making this medical practice more acceptable to doctors and patients. The term typically describes the delivery of psychiatric assessment and care delivered through telecommunications technology, usually videoconferencing. One of the drivers behind telepsychiatry’s growth … Continued

Measures to facilitate patient medication adherence should be considered an integral part of the comprehensive care of elderly patients with multiple diseases. However, impairment of cognitive functions and dementia, in particular, may substantially compromise medication adherence behavior. Evidence-based information on how to deal with adherence to medication in patients with dementia is limited, because of … Continued

Medication adherence is a crucial component in the treatment of chronic diseases. In the elderly, clinicians are faced with a unique set of problems associated with adherence for which they may not be adequately trained. The different factors affecting medication adherence in the elderly are many: patient, medication, health care providers, healthcare system, and socioeconomic … Continued

Lack of medication adherence has a significant cost associated with it, as well as causing adverse healthcare outcomes. In the US, at least 50% of the population (over 133 million people) lives with at least one chronic disease condition. Since lack of medication adherence invariably leads to problems such as unnecessary disease progression, disease complications, … Continued

A Primer on the Zika Virus

A mysterious virus called Zika began to spread rapidly around the globe a few years ago, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue a global emergency. The latest outbreak began in Brazil in May 2015 and has since affected at least 1 million people in more than 30 countries. Experts say the disease has … Continued

      Here are the five most expensive prescription drugs in 2016 as compiled by prescription drug comparison website GoodRx — and which companies are profiting from them. Sovaldi The price tag for hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug Sovaldi is a whopping $75,600 for a 30-day supply. Sovaldi’s developer, Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), launched the … Continued

In 2015, Vermont became final state to legalize e-prescribing of controlled substances. E-prescribing proponents have long said that electronic prescriptions are more secure than paper prescription pads, particularly in stopping illegal dispensing of narcotics. Now that e-prescribing controlled substances is legal in all 50 states, several states, including New York, Minnesota, and Maine are mandating … Continued

Drugs not covered (benefits and eligibility checks) E-prescribing provides real-time, patient-specific information to providers regarding a patient’s prescription drug benefit coverage as well as the out-of-pocket costs the patient will incur at pharmacy for prescribed medications. The cost of prescribed medications is a leading cause of patient non-adherence to drug therapy. Formulary checks at the … Continued