Doctors cite poor medication adherence with diminished health benefits of pharmacotherapy.1 Patients with multiple medical conditions often require treatment with multiple medications, increasing the risk of non-compliance.
- Prescribe 90-day supply.
Most SCAN members pay only two copays for a three-month supply for tiers 1 and 2 and receive a $10 discount for tiers 3, 4 and 6.
- Ensure comprehensive counseling on how to use medications, especially when prescribing for the first time. Educate patients on side effects and proper use.
- Download and implement the Medication Adherence Project’s toolkit.2
Note: This is a practical and useful resource office staff can implement easily with provider approval.
- Suggest auto-refill or refill reminder programs at patients’ local pharmacy.
- Reduce polypharmacy
- Encourage mail-order prescriptions.
- SCAN patients pay lower copays at SCAN Preferred pharmacies.
Preferred pharmacies include but are not limited to Albertsons, Costco, Express Scripts Home Delivery, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. SCAN members can call SCAN Member Services for more information at 800-559-3500.
- Write a new prescription when you change a dosage.
- Adopt criteria using the “SIMPLE”3 mnemonic:
- Simplifying regimen characteristics
- Imparting knowledge
- Modifying patient beliefs
- Patient communication
- Leaving the bias
- Evaluating adherence
1Lee JK, Grace KA and Taylor JA, Effect of a Pharmacy Care Program on Medication Adherence and Persistence, Blood Pressure, and Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol A Randomized Controlled Trial, JAMA December 6, 2006, Vol 296, No. 21
2Improving Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Disease: The Medication Adherence Project (MAP) Toolkit and Training Guide for Primary Care Providers and Pharmacists (TheMedication Adherence Project (MAP))
3Scholz M: A “SIMPLE” way to improve adherence, Modern Medicine Network, June 2005