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Are you that person who doesn’t take their medications as prescribed?  If so, you’re not the only one.  However, medication noncompliance is unhealthy and can become costly.  It is estimated non-adherence causes:

  • 30%-50% of treatment failures and 125,000 deaths annually. 
  • Increased mortality risk by 12%-25% for statins
  • Increased hospitalization risks for cardioprotective medication by 10%-40% and mortality by 50%-80%

Furthermore, it is estimated non-adherent patients will spend an additional $2000 in physician visits annually.  There are more statistics we could discuss on medication non-adherence; however, we want to know why and how we can help.

There are many reasons to why you may not be compliant with your medications.  Are you confused on how you should you take it, is it the cost of the medication, do you have side effects, do you have difficulties getting to the pharmacy, do you simply forget, etc?  Whatever the reason maybe we can assist you!  Here are some tips and tricks to staying compliant with your meds:

  • Request to enroll in the pharmacy’s medication adherence program.  Our pharmacy can synchronize all your prescriptions to be filled on the same day every month, minimizing your pharmacy trips.  Furthermore, we can sink all your family’s medications to a single pick-up date.
  • Take it along with other daily events, like brushing your teeth or with your morning coffee.  Example: put your medication bottle next to your favorite coffee cup or coffee pot.
  • Use special pill boxes that help you keep track, like the ones divided into sections for each day of the week 
  • Set an alarm on your phone; customize the setting on your alarm for repeat.
  • Keep a "medicine calendar" near your medicine and make a note every time you take your dose.
  • Talk to your pharmacist and identify if there is a generic substitute that may be cheaper
  • Utilize free delivery if you have transportation issues
  • Discuss any negative side effects with your pharmacist; there may be a substitute available that doesn’t affect you the same way.
  • Most importantly, understand your medication.  Know what it is for, how and when you should be taking it. 

Contact us with any questions you may have about medication adherence and how we can assist you! 

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To all our friends and family who have a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, this information is for you! Did you know Medicare Part D plans change yearly? The copays on your medications, the list of medications covered, the plan premiums and deductibles all change each year! And since these plans change yearly, that means your costs do not stay the same. And this is why we highly encourage you to review available Medicare Part D plans each year during open enrollment, which is now!

 

Open Enrollment began October 15th and goes through December 7th.  We recommend you stop by our pharmacy during this enrollment period to receive a free Med D evaluation.  We will go through your current prescriptions and give you a list of available Medicare Part D plans for 2018 and the costs of each plan, including premiums, deductible, copay information and more. 

Don't pay more for your prescriptions in 2018, let us assist you in finding the best plan based on your prescriptions!

 

Stop by the pharmacy or give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.  

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Asthma is a condition that causes people to have trouble getting enough air to their lungs.  An "asthma attack" is when you have trouble catching your breath.  Some common triggers include:

  • Dust in your house
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Dirty air outside
  • Cockroach droppings
  • Pets
  • Mold
  • Hard exercise that makes you breath really fast
  • Some medicines
  • Bad weather
  • Some kinds of food

Even getting really excited, or feeling very made, sad or scared can cause an asthma attack.

Different kinds of medicine can help.  Sometimes you'll use an inhaler, a little can of special air you squirt into your mouth as you breath in.  Some contain "quick help" medicine that helps keep your asthma under control.

Your doctor can explain ore about your medications and how to use them.  Remember: It's always OK to ask questions! Your doctor and pharmacists are here to help! 

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Could you be saving more on your prescriptions?  Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is just around the corner.  This is the time of year that you can make changes to your current Medicare prescription drug coverage for 2017. 

It is very important that you review your drug plan every year. Medicare private drug plans can change their costs and the list of drugs that they cover every year.  Most people can only change Medicare drug plans during Fall Open Enrollment which runs from October 15 to December 7 each year.

Even if you are satisfied with your current Medicare coverage, you should check if there is another plan in the area that offers better coverage at a lower price. Look at other Medicare options in your area and compare them with your present coverage to see which plan will best suit your needs in the upcoming year. Research shows that people with Medicare Part D plans could lower their costs by shopping among plans each year. For example, another Part D plan in the area may cover the drugs you take with fewer restrictions and charge you less.

When choosing a Medicare private drug plan, make sure to look at all the costs, not just the premium. Your costs throughout the year will depend on what drugs you take, whether your plan covers them, and whether there are any coverage restrictions. Another plan may have lower copays, cover more of your drugs, have fewer restrictions or offer some coverage during the coverage gap.

Every Thursday during Open Enrollment the Sikeston MediCenter will have a Senior Advisor available to review your Medicare Part D plan options for 2017 and answer any questions you may have. 


 
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Are you that person who doesn’t take their medications as prescribed?  If so, you’re not the only one.  However, medication noncompliance is unhealthy and can become costly.  It is estimated non-adherence causes:

  • 30%-50% of treatment failures and 125,000 deaths annually. 

  • Increased mortality risk by 12%-25% for statins

  • Increased hospitalization risks for cardioprotective medication by 10%-40% and mortality by 50%-80%

Furthermore, it is estimated non-adherent patients will spend an additional $2000 in physician visits annually.  There are more statistics we could discuss on medication non-adherence; however, we want to know why and how we can help.

There are many reasons to why you may not be compliant with your medications.  Are you confused on how you should you take it, is it the cost of the medication, do you have side effects, do you have difficulties getting to the pharmacy, do you simply forget, etc?  Whatever the reason maybe we can assist you!  Here are some tips and tricks to staying compliant with your meds:

  • Take it along with other daily events, like brushing your teeth or with your morning coffee.  Example: put your medication bottle next to your favorite coffee cup or coffee pot.

  • Use special pill boxes that help you keep track, like the ones divided into sections for each day of the week 

  • Set an alarm on your phone; customize the setting on your alarm for repeat.

  • Keep a "medicine calendar" near your medicine and make a note every time you take your dose.

  • Talk to our pharmacists about simplifying your medication process through automatic refill or medication synchronization

  • Talk to your pharmacist and identify if there is a generic substitute that may be cheaper

  • Utilize free delivery if you have transportation issues

  • Discuss any negative side effects with your pharmacist; there may be a substitute available that doesn’t affect you the same way.

  • Most importantly, understand your medication.  Know what it is for, how and when you should be taking it. 

Contact us with any questions you may have about medication adherence and how we can assist you! 

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Have you or someone you know ever experienced difficulties giving their child medicine?  We know the scenario all too well, personally and professionally.  And we can’t blame children for not wanting to take medicine that tastes “icky”.  However, as parents, you know the importance in getting your child to complete their antibiotics to get them feeling better and prevent the spread of their illness. 

So what’s the trick? How can you get your child to take their medicine without a fight?  We can suggest one simple trick, that is flavor those “icky” liquid medications!  Before you walk out of the pharmacy with your child’s medicine ask if there are any flavoring options, odds are, there are!  Our pharmacy offers FLAVORx, a flavoring system with a database recognizing nearly 5,000 drugs with volume, strengths of each medication and flavoring suggestions that have been tested and work best with each particular medication.   

Stuart Amos, President and CEO of FLAVORx stated “It gives mothers and children some control over how they want their medication, and medicine can be a real challenge. Mothers find it very stressful, children equally. For 10 years and beyond, we have developed a formula of different combinations of tastes that work well with liquid medications, so our job is to provide the best taste choices for children.”

Next time you are picking up a medication for your child, avoid the fight and ask us about flavoring options!  Our goal is to ensure every patient is compliant with their medications, especially our little ones, that is why we offer FLAVORx.  

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