NACDS Foundation encouraging research on problem of primary medication nonadherence
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is inviting health and pharmacy experts and other researchers to join the Herculean effort to improve patient adherence rates.
The invitation comes in the form of a new Request for Proposal, issued Tuesday by the NACDS Foundation. The foundation is seeking bids from research organizations to study primary medication nonadherence, which occurs when a patient fails to fill or pick up his or her newly prescribed medication.
To that end, the group has set aside funding for qualified researchers to measure PMN rates, and to develop, test and evaluate the effectiveness of PMN interventions in the pharmacy setting.
“The NACDS Foundation’s Request for Proposal seeks to examine primary medication nonadherence rates, and ways in which the healthcare system — through the collaborative integration, engagement and intervention of pharmacists, physicians and other healthcare providers, and the proper and effective use of health information technology — can be utilized to improve overall patient health outcomes and medication adherence rates,” said NACDS Foundation president Edith Rosato.
NACDS called medication nonadherence “a patient crisis and multibillion-dollar healthcare problem in the United States.” Citing a study from the New England Healthcare Institute, the foundation noted, “When a patient does not fill or properly take [his or her] prescribed medications correctly it leads to dangerous complications, emergency room visitations and hospital admissions — needlessly costing more than $290 billion annually.”
According to a recent peer-reviewed study, U.S. patients failed to even pick up nearly 1-in-4 newly prescribed medications. “This trend was especially prevalent among patients with chronic disease, such as hypertension and diabetes,” NACDS noted.
All proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on March 15.
Report: Intel to open worksite clinic for employees
HILLSBORO, Ore. — Intel is helping its employees gain convenient access to health care with the opening this week of an on-site medical center at its Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro, which will be operated by Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems, according to local news reports.
Later this year, Intel is looking to open a second worksite medical clinic at is Ronler Acres Campus, according to reports.
The 5,000-sq.-ft. Health for Life Center will give Intel employees access to a full-time physician, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, a physical therapist, phlebotomists and health coaches, according to reports.
Services include urgent care, routine primary care, lab testing, vaccinations, physical therapy, pharmacy services and fitness training. The medical center also will identify chronic health conditions and provide education on how to reduce risk factors, reports stated.
Diabetes Forecast releases 2011 consumer guide
NEW YORK — The magazine of the American Diabetes Association has released its annual consumer guide in its January issue.
Diabetes Forecast highlighted what’s new and on the horizon for the six categories of diabetes-management products, including blood-glucose meters and insulin pens and pumps, as well as diabetes drugs available in the United States, ranked by type and popularity. The guide also spotlighted mobile applications and what devices they can be used for.
The magazine publishes the guide to help diabetics select products that best meet their needs, the American Diabetes Association said.
Click here to read the full guide.