Get Mobile to Save Time and Money

Health care is going mobile more than ever before and BioPlus is meeting this mobile challenge. By the end of this year, the mobile health app marketplace is expected to reach $26 billion as consumers increasingly turn to mobile application solutions to manage healthcare. Both patients and doctors are on-board with mobile health-related apps. A…

Turning Patients into Partners

Education opens minds. For patients, education often means the difference between adherence and non-adherence, which in turn determines the effectiveness of treatment. More than ever before, the health care community understands that an active partnership between patients and their health care team can empower patients and lead to better outcomes. The value of patients tapped…

Staying With the Patient

Medication adherence issues account for a significant portion of avoidable health care costs each year, through drug waste, treatment failure, and medical complications. Identifying ways to improve adherence ripples out positively throughout the health care system – benefiting the patient, payers, and all other key players. The pharmacy model at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy focuses on…

A Special Touch

Brittany Trane knew that she’d really found the right place to work, soon after starting at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy. One of the first patients she interacted with was Craig*, a patient with multiple sclerosis, who had been prescribed a new medication, called Rebif®. Rebif is used in the relapsing form of multiple sclerosis, to decrease…

Patient Assistance Lends a Hand

Specialty pharmacy continues to see annual increases in terms of U.S. spending on prescriptions for the treatment of complex or chronic diseases. URAC estimates that specialty drugs account for more than $50 billion of U.S. drug expenditures and comprises nearly 20 percent of the total pharmaceutical revenue. Specialty pharmacy is expected to make up approximately…

“It’s Personal”

Guest Blog: Kimberly M. Hicks, Pharm.D., M.H.A., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy BioPlus is committed to supporting and raising awareness of the importance of breast cancer patient education, as well as the importance of early detection and prevention through annual mammograms. Cancer is class of diseases manifesting with abnormal cell growth. There are…

Even Doctors Doubt Patients’ Medication Compliance

   Patient medication compliance numbers remain so disappointingly low that even, it seems, doctors assume that their own patients won’t follow medication directions. In a new survey this year by DoctorDirectory.com, the vast majority of physicians (95 percent) think that fewer than 30 percent of their patients are fully compliant with taking their medications. That’s…

Chemotherapy on the Brain

Simply surviving cancer gives reason enough to celebrate. To sweeten the pot, researchers at the 2013 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggest cancer survivors garner another perk: cancer appears to confer protection against developing Alzheimer’s disease. Research presented at this conference drew on data collected from 3.5 million veterans age 65 and older who did not…

Pharmacists for Patient Safety

Pharmacists are a key component in improving patient safety, according to a new report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This report, called Making Health Care Safer II, serves as a long-awaited update to the first report on this…

Saving Health Care Dollars, One Injection at a Time

As health care costs continue to rise, cost containment is on everyone’s mind. Cutting services and benefits might save money, but it’s not a very satisfying way to serve patients. Easily implementable health care practices and policies that reduce costs while preserving high-level care make much more sense. Self-administration of injectable medications fits the bill…

Prescription “Stretching” Harms Health

Health care costs for patients, including prescription medications, continue to rise. Out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions reached $45 billion for Americans in 2011 (the most recent year data is available). For a growing number of people, Rx costs simply exceed their ability to pay. Overburdened Americans rely on two less-than-healthy methods to stretch their health care…

Shingles Not an Issue with Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments

Guest Blog: Monica Morgan, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy As if the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) weren’t trouble enough, people with this autoimmune disease also develop shingles (herpes zoster) infections more often than the general population. An increasingly popular rheumatoid arthritis treatment – anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) medications –…

Going Nuts

Did you catch last Monday’s landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that nuts in the diet can protect against heart disease? Usually, I’m fairly critical of nutritional studies that are related to health, since so many are poorly designed and biased. This study, known as the PREDIMED trial and led by…

Compliance On the Cancer Front

Guest Blog: Amanda Brown, Director of Rx Coordinators at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Navigating through cancer treatment tends to go better for patients when healthcare professionals offer adherence-promoting tools and proactively manage side effects, concludes a study this month in the journal Cancer Nursing by Sandra Spoelstra, Ph.D. and fellow researchers from Michigan State University. Not…

Facing the Next Disaster with Better Technology

As Hurricane Sandy made landfall, many hospitals throughout the region faced the difficult decision of whether to care in place for their patients after their generators failed or evacuate patients to other locations. Likewise, some individual households with chronically ill family members faced the same dilemma. The successful evacuation of the 700 patients from Bellevue…

Medication Compliance Opportunities, Part 2

In last week’s blog, I discussed a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that reviewed evidence from 68 scientific articles in an effort to determine which interventions are most effective in improving medication adherence.  This report noted that effective interventions include case management education, reminders, pharmacist-led approaches, decision aids, reducing…

Medication Compliance Opportunities, Part 1

While everyone agrees that better medication adherence would improve treatment outcomes and save money—what isn’t so clear-cut is which methods are the most effective to achieve this goal. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, recently stepped into this discussion.   Reports released…

You Care Because You Ask

Guest Blog: Kathy Norris, Patient Care Manager at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy  “You care because you ask.” This response came to me from a patient who I had just scheduled for her monthly medication delivery. The medication treated her chronic disease, but unfortunately, the side effects from this medication can be almost as difficult to deal…