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Last Updated
March 8, 2017
News and Updates: Medication Adherence

Past Adherence Meetings

  • RxAdherence2013 ó March 12, 2013, Florham Park, NJ. The conference focused specifically on patient adherence and compliance prompting pharmaceutical packaging. The latest trends and topics impacting this area of drug delivery were examined. NCPIE's Executive Vice President, Ray Bullman, presented on the NCPIE Adherence Action Agenda (A3 Project). Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.
  • Ascertaining Barriers to Compliance Project - On June 23, 2011, Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, represented NCPIE in a project meeting to develop policy recommendations to address medication nonadherence to medicines across Europe. The project, 'Ascertaining Barriers to Compliance: Policies for Safe, Effective and Cost Effective Use of Medicines in Europe (ABC Project)', is funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework programme. In addition to NCPIE, representatives from 14 nations convened in London to reach consensus on the range of policy solutions that could be implemented to support patients with medication taking.  The meeting was held at the Royal Society, London, and involved stakeholders from patient and caregiver organizations, healthcare professionals, healthcare policymakers and the pharmaceutical industry. The results of the meeting will be used to help formulate the ABC final recommendations for health policy makers in Europe.
  • Eyeforpharma 8th Annual Patient Adherence, Communications, and Engagement Summit, October 24-25, 2011, Philadelphia, PA.
  • NEHI National Summit on Medication Adherence - Roadmap to Improved Medication Adherence, September 22, 2011, Washington, DC.
  • Strategies for Improving Medication Adherence to Control Costs and Boost ROI - The 6th annual World Congress Executive Forum on Rx Management Strategies will convene health systems, pharmacy and providers to explore leading issues in Pharmacy and Rx Therapy design. Participants will explore new opportunities for improving outcomes through increased pharmacy involvement in care as well as new developments in technology that offer solutions to challenges in medication therapy adherence. June 23-24, 2011, Chicago, IL.
Medication Adherence Research
  • Management of Patient Adherence to Medications: Protocol for an Online Survey of Doctors, Pharmacists and Nurses in Europe, Clyne W, Mshelia C, Hall S, et al. Management of patient adherence to medications: protocol for an online survey of doctors, pharmacists and nurses in Europe.BMJ Open 2011;1:e000355.

  • Improving Medication Adherence in Chronic Disease Management
    Stephen A. Brunton, MD, FAAFP, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Executive Vice President for Education, Primary Care Education Consortium.
  • NCPIE / Prescription Solutions Survey on Adherence
    The survey examining prescription adherence was released by Prescription Solutions, a UnitedHealth Group company, and the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). Findings: more than half of Americans do not take prescription medicines as instructed, pointing to growing public health problem -- top reasons for non-adherence: patients believe they are feeling better and are concerned about side effects; refill reminders, clearer instructions and personal follow up would improve adherence; nearly 60% believe prescription adherence can help lower health care costs. (Nov. 2009)
    For additional information, please contact Ray Bullman at bullman@ncpie.info
  • Employer Medication Compliance Initiative
    Funded by National Pharmaceutical Council, November 2009; Executive Summary/Key Findings:
    1. Medication compliance is among employers' top health management objectives
    2. Employers are analyzing prescription data, and the trend is toward more sophisticated analysis and modeling
    3. Employers are taking action to improve compliance, and the trend is toward more sophisticated interventions
    4. Diabetes is key focus of medication compliance initiatives
    5. While employers claim significant credit for their focus on medication compliance, they acknowledge the key role vendors play in analysis and intervention
    6. Perceived effectiveness and evidence of impact seems to favor more specific and sophisticated interventions
    7. Employer focus on medication compliance can be increased through a variety of types of information.
  • Request for Proposals by the NACDS Foundation - CLOSED
    The deadline has passed for submitting proposals to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation from teams led by non-profit research organizations or non-profit academic institutions which would outline a research project to (1) develop a metric to identify and measure primary medication no adherence and (2) develop and test a scalable primary medication no adherence intervention which could be further implemented to improve patient adherence rates and therapeutic outcomes. The winning team(s) will be expected to publicly disseminate their research findings. For further information, contact: Alex J. Adams, Pharm.D., NACDS Foundation - phone: (703) 837-4232, fax: (703) 836-4869, email: aadams@nacds.org.
  • Call for Manuscripts: The Medical Care section of the American Public Health Association is sponsoring a special issue of Medical Care devoted to pharmaceuticals and the health of the public. Manuscripts are sought for a wide range of topics including medication persistence or adherence; consumer/patient medication education, comparative effectiveness, drug safety, regulatory sciences, and technology assessment. Letters of intent to submit a manuscript are due by March 30, 2011 and manuscripts are due July 31, 2011. Inquiries are welcomed and may be directed to Ms. Sue Houchin, Managing Editor, at medicalcare@comcast.net. For additional information see: www.talkaboutrx.org/documents/MLR201179.pdf.
  • State Pharmacist Associations Begin Medication Adherence Projects
    The Alliance for Patient Medication Safety (APMS), a supporting organization of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), announces six discovery projects that will identify ways in which pharmacists can assist patients improve medication adherence. This activity is intended to produce measurable, replicable and sustainable programs in community pharmacy to improve adherence or methods to identify non-adherent patients. The Adherence Discovery Projects are designed to be conducted over a six-month period beginning January 2011. The projects approach improving adherence in a variety of ways and many incorporated adherence measures from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. The projects include:
    1. The Arizona Pharmacy Alliance will oversee an adherence team, comprised of pharmacists, behavioral health specialists and community health advisors, to improve outcomes for underserved patients in Tucson, AZ. The specific aims are to examine the effectiveness of the team on improving adherence, conduct an evaluation of the team concept from both the provider and patient perspective, and examine potential for expanding collaboration to the community at large.
    2. The Connecticut Pharmacists Association along with Arrow Pharmacy in Hartford, CT will use motivational interviewing techniques/skills to probe and identify reasons for patients not picking up medications. Based on assessment of patient responses, the pharmacist will recommend one or more interventions such as referring the patient to a PharmNetEx (a subsidiary of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association) pharmacist for comprehensive MTM evaluation, enrolling the patient to receive refill reminder calls, or recommending follow up with the prescriber.
    3. The Iowa Pharmacy Association will use pharmacists from CarePro Health Services and other pharmacies that have been trained as health coaches through an application-based continuing pharmacy education activity. They will work to demonstrate improvements in medication adherence through a health coach intervention. This project will serve as a pilot project to further advance the role of pharmacists as health coaches, particularly to improve quality measures and enhance medication therapy management activities.
    4. The Massachusetts Pharmacists Association along with Allenís Pharmacy in Manchester, MA will provide an adherence service consisting of an electronic closure which allows the patient or caregiver to program it to provide an audio and visual alert to remind them that the next dose of a medication is due, as well as a counseling session to patients on the use of the device and the importance of medication adherence.
    5. The Virginia Pharmacists Association along with SuperioRx Care in Richmond, VA will use a collaborative model of pharmacist-to-pharmacist interaction between the primary care office and the community pharmacy. The proposal addresses multiple factors related to poor adherence with statins, including promotion of timely follow-up and education regarding adverse effects and lifestyle changes. A project of this type also promotes the development of the role of a pharmacist in a primary care site where pharmacist integration into the Patient-Centered Medical Home model is desired.
    6. The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin will distribute a pharmacy practice tool to assist pharmacists and patients in clearly identifying barriers to adherence and discuss possible strategies that will work best for each patient. The tool which is a pocket-size, fold-out card, can be used as a resource for pharmacists during regular patient consultations or during comprehensive medication reviews. Te goals are to increase patient understanding of barriers to adherence, to increase patient adherence to prescribed medications, and to assist pharmacists in facilitating this process with their patients.
Of Related Interest
  • Medication Adherence and Care Teams: NEHI Call for Demonstration Projects
    Clinicians are increasingly looking toward the use of care teams as a cost effective way to provide coordinated, patient-centered medical care in a high-cost, resource-constrained environment. As such, medication adherence services delivered by care teams could be an important part of the solution to the adherence crisis. Care teams are comprised of both physicians and nonphysician caregivers, including professionals such as community pharmacists who operate outside the physician practice. Care teams bring great strengths to the task of improving patient medication adherence, but more empirical evidence is needed to demonstrate their clinical and cost effectiveness. This gap in evidence should be remedied by a robust series of demonstration projects that will show how care teams can be deployed to improve patient medication adherence in a wide variety of practice settings throughout the country. Potential funding vehicles for these projects could come both from private investments, as well as from complementary programs created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, such as programs to promote medical homes, chronic care coordination, and the meaningful use of health care information technology (IT).
  • Simplified Rx Refills May Boost Adherence
  • Medication Adherence Leads to Lower Health Care Use & Costs
  • Redeeming Behaviors: How Incentive Programs Can Improve Adherence