Adherence Research

Adherence Improved across Network of Community Pharmacies

The National Community Pharmacists Association, in collaboration with the Arkansas Pharmacists Association and 82 independently-owned pharmacies, conducted a study to measure the impact of pharmacist-provided med sync programs on medication adherence and persistence across a network of pharmacies. PrescribeWellness provided the workflow tool for pharmacies, operating on 13 pharmacy management systems. Key findings included:

  • Med sync patients were 2.5 times more likely to be adherent to their medications compared to their peers.

  • Med sync patients were 21% less likely to discontinue drug therapy.

  • Adherence is significantly greater in med sync patients.

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Ad ResearchStudies Show All Stakeholders Benefit From Med Sync Programs

An analysis of five pharmacy case studies conducted for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) indicate that the adoption of medication synchronization by community pharmacies resulted in increased revenue streams and overall improvement in business optimization for pharmacies. Previous studies concluded that medication synchronization by community pharmacies yields substantial improvement in patient adherence, making it a true win-win-win for patients, pharmacies, and health care payers.

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Nationwide Study Shows Higher Adherence, Persistence Among 'Synced' Patients

Patients who opt in to medication synchronization programs offered through their community pharmacy average more than 100 additional days on therapy per year and are 30 percent more likely to take their medication as prescribed (or to be "adherent") than patients not enrolled in a synchronization program, according to the results of a new study project conducted by NCPA.

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Improving AdherencePublic Opinion Research

Consumers like med sync...when they know about it.
NCPA released the results of a "National Adherence Survey: The Promise and Prospects of Medication Synchronization" to measure consumer perceptions and uptake of medication synchronization.

One in eight ongoing prescription medication users are enrolled in a med sync program, with broadly positive results:

  • 83% percent call it very or even extremely helpful in managing their refills

  • 74% say it's highly helpful in improving their overall medication adherence

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National Report Card on Medication Adherence

How do Americans score when it comes to taking their prescription medications? Do they earn a passing grade?
In June 2013, NCPA released a first-of-its-kind patient survey, Medication Adherence in America: A National Report Card, and found that Americans 40 and older with a chronic medical condition earn a troubling C+ on average and that one in seven members of this group received an F when it comes to taking their medications correctly.

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Implications for Policymakers, Health Plan Sponsors, and Other Stakeholders

Online Briefing hosted by NCPA (June 2013)

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