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February 28, 2017
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February 28, 2017
Effect of Reminder Devices on Medication Adherence
A study of three low-cost reminder devices concluded there was no statistically significant increase in medication 
adherence among patients using them, compared with those receiving no reminders. The four-arm, block-randomized 
clinical trial involved more than 53,000 enrollees of CVS Caremark. Participants were aged 18–64 years and taking 1- 
3 oral medications for long-term use. The patients were stratified on the basis of the medications they were using at 
randomization: medications for cardiovascular or other nondepression chronic conditions and antidepressants.  

February 16, 2017
Pharmacists team up with health plan to boost adherence
Medication nonadherence is a tenacious problem with dramatic consequences. According to the American Heart 
Association, non-adherence kills 125,000 Americans and costs the health care system $300 billion annually. The issue 
spurred a partnership between the Pharmacists Association of Western New York (PAWNY) and third-party payer 
Independent Health, yielding promising results for improved outcomes, cost savings, and the establishment of 
pharmacists as health care providers. The findings of their 12-week project were published in the December 2016 
report Partnering to Improve Medication Adherence and Patient Outcomes. 

February 16, 2017
Controlling Cholesterol with Statins
Information from the FDA, including commonly asked questions about cholesterol and statins:  1. What are statins? 
How do they work?  2. Why is it important to keep cholesterol levels in the blood low?  3. I’ve heard about “good” 
and “bad” cholesterol. What’s the difference?  4. I thought a healthy diet and regular exercise would keep my 
cholesterol in check. Not so?  5. I’ve heard that there are some risks to taking statins. Should I be worried?  6. I’ve 
heard you shouldn’t drink grapefruit juice if you’re taking a statin. Is that true?

February 13, 2017
Drug Costs Lead Many to Forgo Prescriptions
High drug costs kept about 45 million U.S. adults (18%) from filling a prescription last year, the nonprofit group 
Prescription Justice reports. Elsewhere, the percentage of adults not filling prescriptions due to cost in 2016 was 2% in 
the United Kingdom, where prescriptions are largely covered by national health insurance; 10% in Canada; 9% in 
Switzerland; 6% in Australia; 6% in New Zealand; 6% in Sweden; 4% in France; 4% in the Netherlands; and 3% in 
Norway. The report noted that the percentage in the United States has actually come down from 21%, before the 
Affordable Care Act went into effect in late 2013. The analysis was based on data from the Commonwealth Fund's 
2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults, which polled about 2,000 U.S. adults and nearly 27,000 adults 
overall.

February 3, 2017
Using Vitamins, Herbals, and Other Dietary Supplements Wisely
A free, downloadable new brochure available from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  Includes information 
on: What Is a Dietary Supplement and What Are the Benefits of Using Supplements?;  Are There Any Risks Associated 
With Using Dietary Supplements?; What Sources Should I Trust When Selecting Dietary Supplements?; How Can I Use 
Supplements Safely?; and Helpful Resources About Good Nutrition and Dietary Supplements.