Adherence

Researchers: Pharmacy deserts contribute to access issues

Researchers: Pharmacy deserts contribute to access issues

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Researchers studying the distribution of brick-and-mortar pharmacies in Chicago link adherence issues with geographic barriers to care.

Rate of Sovaldi non-adherence points to need for patient support

Rate of Sovaldi non-adherence points to need for patient support

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A mélange of new treatments awaiting approval and a lack of patient support are driving down drug utilization for Gilead's HCV blockbuster, according to a new study.

Biologics have higher psoriatic arthritis adherence

A study of psoriatic arthritis patients found greater adherence among patients whose initial treatment was a biologic, compared to those who started with a non-biologic treatment.

Visual continuity key to patient adherence

Visual continuity key to patient adherence

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Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital found that continuity in color and shape have a significant impact on whether patients stick with a prescription regimen.

Key to successful digital outreach: think small

Key to successful digital outreach: think small

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Patients want to do more with mobile and see doctors less. Two studies outline the types of digital interventions patients are interested in.

Study links patient confidence to Rx adherence

Study links patient confidence to Rx adherence

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Researchers found a correlation between patients feeling involved and how well they stick—if they stick—to their medication regimens.

Study shows sample-drug adherence link

Study shows sample-drug adherence link

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A survey of patients found greater prescription drug adherence among patients who received a free 30-day sample in addition to a prescription.

Study links adherence with side effect worries

A study showed that side-effect fears keep asthmatics from sticking to medication regimens.

Pitting Big Data against nonadherence

Pitting Big Data against nonadherence

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A young company is hoping its analytics platform can help doctors and pharma figure out who's going to stop taking their medication, and get them back on track.

Another study about doctor-patient divide

Novo's global diabetes study finds that only 29% of polled patients were asked what they thought about prescribed regimens.

E-prescribing systems not so pharma friendly

E-prescribing systems not so pharma friendly

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A study points out barriers to e-prescribing pharma products and shows how doctors rate various EHRs.

Retail pharmacies up consumer satisfaction

Retail pharmacies up consumer satisfaction

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A study shows consumers are increasingly pleased with retail pharmacies, compared to mail order pharmacies, which are often considered a key means of driving adherence and lowering healthcare coverage costs.

Healthcare reform roundup

Healthcare reform roundup

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A roundup of some exchange-related news circling the web.

Researchers propose new Rx adherence model

Researchers propose new Rx adherence model

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Researchers say using additional data points offers greater insight into patient-adherence patterns.

Business briefs: Gilead, AstraZeneca, Amgen, Otsuka

Gilead in an other sofosbuvir IP fight; study says patients not sticking with Amgen's Brilinta; AstraZeneca and Cytokinetics drug fails to hit Phase II target; Otsuka gets a CRL

Business briefs: Eisai, AHRQ, mWellnesss

Eisai uses a lawsuit to prompt the DEA, AHRQ gets a new director, mWellness runs into adherence issues.

"Sensor you swallow" passes psych test

"Sensor you swallow" passes psych test

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Proteus Digital Health's ingestible sensor shows utility as an adherence tool for those on psych meds, a study suggests.

Studies provide more clues to patient adherence, medical needs

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Three studies take on different angles of the patient experience. Spoiler alert: no cost increases are mentioned.

Researchers spot $213B of wasteful drug spending

Researchers spot $213B of wasteful drug spending

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For a country bent on healthcare cost control, findings represent an opportunity: authors say nearly 8% of the nation's total outlay could have been avoided.

Weight-loss category expands by one

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Eisai brings Belivq to 20,000 US pharmacies, along with 200 sales reps and a physician marketing push.

Business briefs: Angelina Jolie, adherence, Sanofi, Teva, AbbVie

Jolie takes on cancer awareness role, researchers identify another adherence gap, Sanofi gets slapped for scare tactics, Teva may compete for Adcock, AbbVie R&D chief leaves

Studies show cheaper drugs don't add up to greater use

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Two studies released show that the story behind lower consumer healthspend isn't about generics improving health.

Business briefs: Baxter; Eli Lilly; CDHPs and Statins

Baxter's Alzheimer's treatment is out of the running; Eli Lilly has upped its layoffs; insured consumers are spending less on healthcare; stains and prostate cancer may have an amicable relationship; doctors aren't screening teens for HIV.

Studies show cost doesn't drive everything

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Two studies show that it's not enough to focus on cost to alter healthcare.

Diagnosing pricing issues

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CDC figures suggest patients are avoiding medications to save money, and show that out-of-pocket costs for US consumers are rising faster than those for consumers in many other countries

Business briefs: Walgreens; Pfizer; Roche

Walgreens retail clinics expand diagnostic services, Pfizer says OTC is staying put, Roche-BMS melanoma drug mix runs into PHI troubles.

Galderma makes acne rewarding

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The EpiduoTap app offers rewards for sticking with the acne-controlling medication.

Studies point to a need for better physician-patient communication

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An adherence study found that when doctors laid out the whys and hows of prescribed medications, patients were more likely to take them. Other reports suggest that the communication gap is about more than the medication— including such factors as pricing, a desire for control, and undisclosed medical information.

Shire launches ADHD tech challenge

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Taking a page from Sanofi, Shire is preparing to launch a developer challenge "to create technology driven solutions that aid individuals with ADHD during the transition from adolescence into adulthood."

Study says color and shape linked to Rx adherence

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A study on the effect that a medication's color and shape have on adherence gives short shrift to the marketing component that urges patients not to take medications that don't conform to doctors' orders

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