The Cost of Premature Medication Discontinuation

Stats indicate 6 in 10 don’t take medications as directed including forgetting and intentionally cutting the dose or stopping a medication early. Psychiatrist Dr. Jay Pomerantz observes, “Pharmaceutical companies seem to focus all their advertising and free-sample offers on attracting potential new patients, with almost no attention focused on the problem of premature discontinuation of therapy by persons already taking their medication. Continue reading…

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Solving Pharma’s Primary Nonadherence Problem

The CDC reports 20 to 30% of new prescriptions are never filled at the pharmacy (called primary nonadherence). A recent study found an even higher rate: 1/3 of patients failed to fill a first-time prescription. Getting providers to write scripts does little good if patients don’t get them filled. Continue reading…

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Walk-In Clinics Trend

NPs and PAs staff walk-in clinics in retail pharmacy stores whose usage tripled since 2008. Because these clinics are often more cost effective and convenient than hospitals and doctor’s offices, they continue to grow in popularity. New research by Accenture forecasts that the number of retail health clinics will exceed 2,800 by 2017, rising 47% since 2014. Continue reading…

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17,000 New NPs/PAs Enter Healthcare System

Are NP/PA Professions Growing as Fast as MDs?
Nearly 17,000 new NPs and PAs enter the healthcare system each year. Both the NP/PA professions are growing at twice the rate of MDs. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, physicians will grow 14% over the next ten years while PAs and NPs will grow at 30% and 31% respectively. Continue reading…

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Expanded Prescribing Authority for NPs/PAs

A long overdue change will take place in January when Florida will allow both Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) to prescribe controlled substances. This means NPs will prescribe controlled substances in all states starting in 2017 and PAs will prescribe them in all states except Kentucky. Patients will benefit with better access to quality medical care; for example, those in Florida who require certain pain and ADHD medications can now see an NP or PA which often means shorter wait times for appointments. Continue reading…

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