As poor adherence rates persist alongside frequent medication mismanagement, some pharmacists wonder if they can play a more active role in ensuring successful medicine outcomes.
In a continuing effort to assist patients in complying with prescribed treatment for glaucoma, a group of women ophthalmologists engaged in a roundtable discussion for a third year during November's American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. This past year, in New Orleans, the focus was on how to collaborate with primary-care physicians and the patient's family members in this endeavor.
Success story: An offline patient education pilot program spirals into implementation in several cities and an online version
Novartis and BIOAXIS Healthcare design and implement a patient education and support program for type 2 diabetes patients called: "Together It's Easier".
Watch the video of the program below.
A recent report in the Annals of Internal Medicine on the characteristics of prescriptions that are abandoned at the pharmacy raise the question of (1) how to ensure that people actually pick up their prescriptions, and (2) how to make sure that people actually take the medications that are prescribed.
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