Medication Adherence Pharmacy outreach program URI College of Pharmacy
What is Adherence? Over 133 million Americans have a chronic health
condition! (Nearly 50%!) Patients with chronic conditions are often prescribed
medications or must follow certain rules to manage their condition.
What is Adherence? Medication adherence is
making sure you are taking your medication… the right way – as directed by your doctor.
Why is adherence important? Ensure proper blood levels Prevent symptoms from coming back or worsening Staying OUT of the hospital Preventing side effects
Taking too much medication can cause adverse effects
Staying healthy and living a long, full life!
Who takes Prescription Medications?
ď‚— How Many Do you take? ď‚— Do you take them chronically (for the long term)?
Who Takes Prescription Medications? Prescription Medications in the United States 15%
No Medications One Medication One CHRONIC Med 2-3 CHRONIC Meds 4 + CHRONIC Meds
9% 42% of American adults take at least one chronic 14% medication â€“ Nearly 101 million people!
Who takes their medications as directed? Do you ALWAYS fill your prescriptions and pick up refills on time?
Do you skip doses – intentionally or unintentionally?
Do you forget to take your pills?
Do you take your medications at the same time each day?
Do you split your doses so you don’t have to use as much medication?
True or False 75% of Americans do not take their medications as
One in Three medication-related hospitalizations
occur because that person did not take their medication as directed. TRUE OVER 120,000 people die each year because they
did not take their medications as directed.
What are barriers to being adherent? Being human!
We all forget sometimes!
Side effects of medications
i.e. dry cough, dizziness, upset stomach, etc.
i.e. Steroid inhalers for asthma
i.e. high copays, in the “donut hole”
The Script Your Future Campaign National campaign Promote awareness about medication adherence
Patients, family, caregivers, and healthcare professionals
Programs to support people with chronic c0nditions
and their caregivers. “Take back your future!” Don’t let chronic health problems take away your chance for a long, full life!
Tips to Stay Adherent Take the pledge!
Script your future pledge card
Manage your medications! Organize your medications!
Tips to Stay Adherent Manage your medications!
List your medications – Keep it up to date! Keep it with you!
What is the medication for?
How much do you take? When should you take it?
Share the information with your doctor/pharmacist
Tips to Stay Adherent ď‚— Organize your medications! ď‚— Automated refills/Mail order!
Tips to Stay Adherent Cost
If copays are too high, ask your doctor or pharmacist about switching to a generic medication or a less expensive alternative!
Ask your doctor for samples, coupons, or vouchers
Brown Bag It! - complete one-on-one review of medications with your pharmacist
Ask your doctor and pharmacist questions and stay informed on all of your medications
There are resources available!
Medication discount cards
Medigap – for donut hole coverage
Tricare – for veterans, etc.
Conclusion Take your medications as directed!
The easiest way to prevent hospitalizations, or worse
Medication adherence is important in order to
maximize your health and live a long, full life! Managing, Organizing, and Reducing costs of
medications help to keep you adherent!
Pharmacy Outreach Program The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy 1-800-215-9001 www.uri.edu/pharmacy/outreach