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Connecting pharmacists with healthcare insurers, an improvement?

“There’s a missing connection in the health insurance exchange debate that could push mHealth to the forefront: pharmacists.” This is a valid point of Robert Oscar, president and CEO of RxEOB. Pharmacists help people with healthcare questions when they’re not in a doctor’s office. They are the ones that have data on medication adherence. Adherence to medication predicts how well treatment will work and if future (health)problems can be expected.

More and more pharmacists are looking for ways to achieve better services. These are services next to the medication adherence support. Monitoring blood pressure is a way to check effectiveness of the provided medication. The pharmacist can discuss the results with the physician and optimise the therapy (if needed). Better results stimulate patients to adhere, so it cuts both ways. Pharmacies and insurers should be connected to make rewards possible for pharmacies that achieve the best support on monitoring and adherence. Insurers and pharmacies become more aware that they need to cut into the nation’s healthcare bill and that they must provide tools to optimize patients treatments.

Do you think that pharmacies and healthcare insurers should work together more intensively? Please leave your comment below!

Author: Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Source: mHealth News

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Multidose drug dispensing (MDD) increases adherence, but decreases the medication knowledge

Nederlandse versie >

Multidose drug dispensing (MDD), medication which is packaged for each intake moment, is more and more used in the Netherlands. Pharmacies order these medication rolls at the “MDD companies”. In a study, MDD users (≥ 65 years, ≥ 5 oral chronic drugs) were randomly selected from eight Dutch community pharmacies. Non-MDD users (≥ 5 oral chronic drugs) were matched on age and gender. It is expected that the role of the professional caregivers will decrease when using MMD with patients.

Kwint e.a. compared the medication adherence and the knowledge of those medications on MDD and non-MDD patients. The percentage of patients being adherent to all drugs was higher for MDD users (81%) compared with non-MDD users (58%).The percentage of patients with adequate knowledge was lower for MDD users (40%) compared with non-MDD users (79%). The differences in adherence were independent of knowledge. This means that the measured adherence is related to the automated multidose drug dispensing system.

Vitaphone Netherlands likes to state that these rolls should be supplied much more and much earlier in the process. Not only a MDD system increases the adherence, but a medication adherence support system (MASS) ensures a further increased level of adherence. The packaging of multidose medication in pouches and support to the users and caregivers will accomplish an improvement for the healthcare industry. We can start right away!

Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Kwint HF, Stolk G, Faber A, Gussekloo J, Bouvy ML. Medication adherence and knowledge of older patients with and without multidose drug dispensing, Age Ageing. 2013 Sep
van de Vaart F. Meer therapietrouw bij medicatierollen. PW Wetenschappelijk Platform. 2013;7:e1329.

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