Online Tools Help Patients with Adherence

Across the country, patients are getting support for taking their medications as directed as part of the “Script Your Future” campaign, led by the National Consumers League.

The campaign’s website features free tools for patients to manage their medications, such as a pocket-sized medicine list and a worksheet to track daily medicines, glucose readings and blood pressure. It also offers a “question builder” they can use to create their own list of questions for their doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

Script Your Future provides tools for you too, including articles, medication regimen planners and conversation starters for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Pharmacist Uses Process and Packaging to Improve Adherence

If you asked your patients to count the pills left in their prescriptions 10 days before they were due for a refill, would the number show they’d missed doses? That’s how Bob Lomenick discovered his patients had an adherence problem.

A pharmacist and owner of Tyson Drug Co. in Holly Springs, Miss., Bob wanted to help his patients improve adherence so they’d be healthier and happier. He found RxSync, a service model developed by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, to synchronize patients’ refills. He also converts his patients taking more than five medications to Parata PASS Pack™. Using one package for each dosing time improved adherence and the pharmacy’s inventory management.

Bob shared his experience with colleagues at the McKesson ideaShare conference in Las Vegas this year.

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Parata PASS adherence packaging

Olympians Must Use Caution When Taking Pharmaceuticals

If you’re watching the Olympics, you probably know the United States is among the top winners in the gold medal count. Would you know what to say if you were approached by an Olympic archer who wanted to know if she could take a beta blocker? Some drugs are banned entirely for athletes’ use, others are banned by sport.

A quick reference you can use is the World Anti-Doping Program’s anti-doping drug list.

Olympic athletes also must use caution in choosing supplements. ESPN reports that the International Olympic Committee found in 2001 that almost 25 percent of 600 over-the-counter nutritional supplements tested were contaminated with non-labeled substances at levels that could lead to a positive test for a banned substance. Read the full article.

Jessica Hardy earned a medal in this year’s Olympic swimming competition after being banned from competing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She was banned after she tested positive for clenbuterol, which she claims she ingested as a contaminant in a dietary supplement.

Athletes can look to Informed-Sport, a program that tests nutrition and supplement products for banned substances. They can search the program’s website to find certified drug-free products.