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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

What prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) do for our healthcare providers is give them additional insight to help make better decisions in a difficult [medication] situations. PDMP information empowers providers to do what is best for patients. Overall, PDMPs help providers exercise professional judgment and ensure safe dispensing of controlled substance prescriptions and provide a … Continued

Opioid medications are prescribed to alleviate pain and suffering, but their abuse and misuse is killing more than 33,000 Americans every year. Prescription painkiller abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions and a significant national public health challenge. The good news is that states are increasingly taking action against this epidemic with an important weapon: … Continued

$55 billion in health and social costs related to prescription opioid abuse each year $20 billion in emergency department and inpatient care for opioid poisonings On an average day in the U.S. more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions dispensed 3,900 people daily initiate nonmedical use of prescription opioids 580 people initiate heroin use 78 people daily … Continued

Prior authorization (PA), the review needed by certain medications before an insurance plan will cover them, is critical. PA also determines if the medication is medically necessary and appropriate for the situation. If a patient does not get prior authorization, the medication may cost more or may not be covered. In most cases, when an … Continued