So, after spending the last two weeks either attending or speaking at several industry meetings focusing on the patient I finally feel the momentum – the life sciences industry is now earnest in its interest to wrestle the adherence issue and put the patient at the center of its business. Everyone is not there yet but the trend is positive.

An exciting step in the right direction is Prescriptions for a Healthy America – http://adhereforhealth.org. According to the Partnership’s website the intent:

Prescriptions for a Healthy America: A Partnership for Advancing Medication Adherence brings together leading patient, physician and health care industry leaders to urge policymakers to implement near-term solutions that will help reduce health care costs and improve the lives of patients across the nation. We are working closely with elected officials and other key stakeholders to develop public policies that engage health care providers, patients and others in improving medication adherence as a critical part of improving health in America.

 Here’s to the success of the Partnership!

Below is a press release from AstraZeneca announcing its support of the new effort. –

 

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AstraZeneca joins adherence partnership

by Michele Meixell

PrescriptionsForAHealthyAmericaAstraZeneca is proud to be a part of a new coalition, Prescriptions for a Healthy America: A Partnership for Advancing Medication Adherence, aimed at developing, promoting, and helping enact policy solutions to improve medicine adherence nationwide.

Prescriptions for a Healthy America is a partnership of patient, health care providers, pharmacy organizations, consumers, and health care industry leaders whose goal is to develop near-term policy solutions to improve medication adherence.

According to a new national survey commissioned by the Partnership for a Healthy America, two-thirds of Americans are not adhering to their prescribed medication regimen.

Medication adherence means that patients are taking their medications at the times, dosages, frequencies, and direction prescribed. Failure to do so results in negative health effects for patients and reduced effectiveness of treatment regimens.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that hospital admissions resulting strictly from poor medication adherence costs the United States $100 billion per year.

For more information on the partnership and to help ensure your voice is heard, please visit http://www.adhereforhealth.org.

Michele Meixell | May 7, 2013 at 9:38 am | Categories: Patients | URL: http://wp.me/p1Irqi-G6

 

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