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CVS Caremark Study Finds Patients with Complex Therapies Struggle to Stay Adherent to their Medications
Date:1/10/2011

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients with chronic heart disease are likely to have multiple doctors and take nearly a dozen medications that are filled in at least two different pharmacies -- and that is a problem that is resulting in many patients struggling to keep their medications straight, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark.

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The study, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that the health care system needs to find ways to help patients simplify, synchronize, centralize and organize their medication management. Among the potential solutions: creation of a "pharmacy home" to coordinate pharmacy care from a single point of contact. "Consolidating prescriptions in a single pharmacy home may help improve health care quality similar to the intended effects of a patient-centered medical home," the researchers said. In addition, the researchers said there is a need to synchronize medication regimens for patients because "those who make numerous trips to the pharmacy to pick up their medications, or fill prescriptions at different pharmacies, may have difficulty taking their medications as prescribed."  

"The complexity that typical patients with heart disease face when trying to manage their medication treatment regimens is nothing short of dramatic," said Niteesh K. Choudhry, M.D., Ph.D., of Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the lead author of the study.  "While the treatment of chronic disease is extremely complex, our results clearly demonstrate filling prescriptions at many different pharmacies on many different occasions makes it even harder for these patients to take their medicine as directed by their doctors."  

"Some people might look at these results and say it is not surprising that patients who ha
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