How Patient Compliance can be improved by Pharmacists.

08 May, 2018|By

Promoting adherence is getting the spotlight for pharmacist’s motto.

Misuse of prescribed medicine like under-use of it, is simply waste of your money and pharmacist ensure this doesn’t happen. They take the initiative to influence patients to take their medication as prescribed.

Extra cost can be seen due to non-adherence which may generate adverse reactions. This may result in re-hospitalization of the patient and ultimately, talks go on for the supplier’s role.

Pharmacists play an important role to eradicate this wastage of money & medication and provide a proper suggestion for the best healthcare plan.

Pharmacist’s Role

Pharmacists can be ideally placed in the role to improve adherence. They aren’t just viewed as experts of medicines but are also the most reliable health professionals and consultants. Pharmacist’s role to tackle non-adherence can be expanded by launching adherence or medicine review programs.

Poor adherence can be due to many factors such as intolerable side-effects, costs of treatment, adverse media exposure, dealing with the long-term condition, or cutting out medication as soon as one feels better.

A pharmacist personally listens to patient’s problems and provides consultation.

Clinical Medication review

Medication review becomes highly beneficial by real-time checkup of medicines to cut down extra money that may have been prescribed and lower down drug usage too. This helps to significantly lower the average cost of the drug per patient.

Pharmacist make patients understand the importance of medicines they are prescribed and hence patients get more consistent with their medication timing and get healthier much faster.

MURs or Medicine Use Reviews

Medicines Use Reviews is used to do front-line patient management. This practice is generally going down and a proper setup is necessary to push it up. Some pharmacist see this as a welcome extension for new patients while others see follow MURs to increase pharmacy revenues.

The effectiveness of MURs has been tested by audits conducted by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain & Clinical Audit Support Centre (RPSGB), in which bought collected feedbacks from some primary care organizations, community pharmacies and patients who have completed MURs in past.

Skills Mix in Pharmacy

Boosting of pharmacy skills mix is recommended by RPSGB. This can be accomplished by employing technicians for accuracy checking and this way a pharmacist can spend a little more time to discuss how a patient can get most out of their medications.

Original pack dispensing can be another method. The patientoften loses confidence when pharmacists give them cut-outs of pills to match prescriptions. This in-turn affects compliance and hence, should be taken care of.

Role of Pharma

Pharmaceutical companies should step up and initiate medicine adherence. They can do this by supplying guidance and other important info to pharmacists involved in MURs or by directly getting in contact with patients by online or other methods.

Companies can also provide training materials and brochures to the pharmacist for specific medication kit such as for asthma management. But above all, they should keep their intentions clear not to cross the line of explicit inducements.