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HCPC Calls for Greater Healthcare Savings Through Improved Adherence to Prescription Drug Regimens
Date:6/22/2009

FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With today's announcement that the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has offered to voluntarily grant some $80 billion in discounts to Medicare beneficiaries over the next decade in an effort to reduce overall healthcare costs, the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) noted that far greater savings can be achieved if immediate steps are taken to help people take their prescription drugs properly.

Commonly referred to as pharmaceutical noncompliance, the end result of Americans not taking their prescription drugs properly is a well-documented phenomenon that drains more than $180 billion from our national economy every year due to unnecessary emergency room visits, hospital stays, trips to the doctor, lost productivity, and early death.

"Published research points to several key reasons why people don't take their prescription drugs properly," notes HCPC Executive Director Peter G. Mayberry. "And one reason that is almost always on the top of the list is 'forgetfulness.'" A recent study funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concludes, however, that better pharmaceutical packaging can significantly increase pharmaceutical compliance and improve healthcare outcomes.

The study - which was conducted by Ohio State University (OSU) and appears in the Jan/Feb 2008 edition of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association - compared two groups of patients who were given the exact same drugs for high blood pressure in two different types of packaging: one group received their drugs in standard pharmacy vials, while the other group was given the exact same drug in a unit dose blister card with compliance-prompting features.

After a year of tracking both groups, OSU researchers found that the group who received their drugs in blister packs with compliance-prompting feat
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