Medication Adherence: Starts With The Right Therapeutic Regimen

TweetActualMeds CEO Patricia Meisner discusses how reducing complexity and risk of medication regimens in older adults is a fundamentally different approach to improving adherence. In order to do this care teams must be aware of a patient’s medication history to guide therapy and interventions at the point of care.  Listen to the entire podcast at: read more

Simplifying Medication Regimens: Add a Pharmacist to Your Care Team!

TweetMore than a decade ago, World Health Organization (WHO) identified medication non-adherence a problem of great importance. In a 2003 white paper, WHO states that the medication non-adherence rate for patients with chronic diseases in developed countries is a full 50%.1  George, et al. performed a systematic review in 2008 and determined complex medication regimens […] read more

On March 24th, 2015, posted in: Adherence, Comprehensive Medication Review, Older Adults by

Rx-To-OTC Trends Heating Up: Teamwork and Technology A Must

TweetFebruary 24, 2015 A recent on-line article in Pharmacy Times1 has reported that the Rx to OTC movement is generating increasing momentum.  The author states that in 2010 alone over 240 million Americans spent approximately $23 billion on OTC medications.  With a reported 6:1 return on investment (ROI) in avoided health care system costs, this […] read more

On February 24th, 2015, posted in: Drug Interactions, Older Adults, OTCs, Self Medication, Uncategorized by

Benzodiazepines and the Older Adult: What Part of “NO” Do We Not Understand?

TweetFebruary 19, 2015 As a brand new Consultant Pharmacist many years ago, I welcomed the newly-published CMS regulations for nursing home practice that began to restrict the usage of harmful medications for frail elderly nursing home patients. The medication classes most keenly focused on were anticholinergics, anti-psychotics, and benzodiazepines. While the use of these medications […] read more

On February 19th, 2015, posted in: Dementia, High Risk Medications, Older Adults by

Anticholinergic Medications and Dementia: Enough Already. it’s Time We Draw the Line!

TweetFebruary 4, 2015 A new study recently published online in JAMA Internal Medicine “Cumulative Use of Strong Anticholinergics and Incident Dementia-A Prospective Cohort Study” has raised the bar on confirming the link between anticholinergic medication use by older adults and all-cause dementia.  In an accompanying editorial, Noll L. Campbell PharmD of Purdue University College of Pharmacy called […] read more

On February 4th, 2015, posted in: Dementia, Older Adults by

Treating Older Persons with Diabetes and Complex Conditions…Are We Overshooting the Mark?

TweetJanuary 14, 2015 As we know, it takes a long time for the health care community to understand and embrace guidelines and new treatment paradigms.  Once we finally get the snowball rolling down the hill it can be hard to change course or realize when a nuanced approach is needed. The ‘seven and under HbA1C’ […] read more

On January 14th, 2015, posted in: Older Adults by

Is It Really Dementia? Or is it an Adverse Drug Event??

TweetOctober 29, 2014 In her recent New York Times blog (@TheNewOldAge) author Paula Span asks the question: “Is It Really Dementia?”  Or is it really something else.  We ask:“Is It Really Your Medication?” The blog raises the point that while there are other reasons for memory and cognitive impairment symptoms, most often for a 75 […] read more

On October 29th, 2014, posted in: Dementia, Older Adults by

Taking a Closer Look at Benzodiazepine Use and Risk of Alzheimer’s disease in Older Adults

Tweet September 14, 2014 A Study published on-line  September 9th in the British Medical Journal is getting a lot of response from healthcare blogs, print media, and other sources such as Medscape.  The Canadian case-controlled study set out to investigate the relationship between the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in older adults and exposure to benzodiazepines (BZNs) […] read more

On September 14th, 2014, posted in: High Risk Medications, Older Adults by

More on Sleeping Pills and Older Adults, The New Old Age Blog

TweetJuly 31, 2014 Author Paula Span has recently posted a series of articles to the New York blog commenting on the use of sleeping pills by American older adults.  The most recent posting occurred July 30th.  The ActualMeds clinical team posted an edited response on July 31st.  Following is the complete version. As Paula […] read more

On July 31st, 2014, posted in: Older Adults by