The Opioid Overdose Crisis is a serious national public health concern. Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids, and the highest drug overdose death rates are in West Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the US is $78.5 billion a year, which includes the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Did you remember to take your blood pressure pill this morning? Well if you didn’t, you’re not the only person who has missed a dose or two of a prescribed medication. Maybe you’ve stopped taking that antibiotic because you were feeling better after a few days, or it upset your stomach.
Seven out of 10 Americans are prescribed at least one prescription medication. But how many of them actually take the medication that they are prescribed every day? One report showed that out of every 100 prescriptions written, only 48 to 66 are picked up from the pharmacy, 25 to 30 are taken properly, and only 15 to 20 are refilled as prescribed. Another study showed that 75% of patients were non-adherent to their medication regimen. Taking your medications is important to your health. Not taking medications as prescribed can lead to hospital admissions, recurrent infections, and unmanaged health conditions.
INDIANA -- Gatti Pharmacy hopes to help patients battle high medication costs by getting them the medications they need at prices they can afford through a new membership program.
By: Felicia Snyder, PharmD candidate 2018
“What medications do you take at home?”
This is one of many questions that is asked of us when visiting an emergency room, urgent care center, or even a new doctor’s office; yet many individuals may not be able to answer it. Being able to accurately answer this question, along with the follow-up questions regarding strengths and how often it is taken, can be vital for proper care and prevention of medical errors. A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine looked at 651 patients being admitted into the hospital and found that 35.9% experienced medication errors. Of these errors, 85% originated in medication histories that were inaccurate or missing.
Last month, as with every October, we celebrated American Pharmacists Month, which is a great reminder to have a medication review with one of our pharmacists. A medication review, or "check-up," can reduce your risk of drug interactions and side effects and help determine if you're taking anything that is unnecessary. Another major benefit of a medication check is that a pharmacist can help to determine if there are less expensive medications to treat your health concerns. As the medication experts, pharmacists are trained to carefully and thoroughly evaluate your medication-related issues. Then, we act as members of the healthcare team by communication with our other providers (and you!) to solve your problems.
The Gatti Team
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