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…

Making Assumptions

Many physicians would likely be surprised to learn that their patients are not as faithful at taking important medications as they think. Medication adherence continues to be a drain on optimal treatment outcomes for serious diseases. HealthPrize Technologies, an industry-leading medication adherence and digital patient engagement company, recently surveyed physicians about adherence. The physicians surveyed…

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…

The Future of Medication Adherence, Part 1

Medication adherence results in an extra $290 billion in costs, due to unnecessary hospital admissions, doctor visits, and lab tests, as well as impacting quality of life for patients. BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy always has our eye to ways to improve patient adherence, since better adherence leads to the best possible treatment outcomes for all of…

I’ll Say It Again: Reminders Work

Taking each and every pill at the right time, every time is not as easy as it sounds. Most patients treating a disease find it hard to remember to take their medications completely in accord with the care plan. In fact, forgetfulness is one of the top barriers to compliance, especially for complex or chronic…