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Medi-Cal Members Reduce Potential for Medication Error with Innovative Program
Date:2/4/2010

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine having to face the daily struggle of taking six or more different medications a day to manage a chronic health condition; add to this the worry of missing or taking a dose incorrectly. For Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) Medi-Cal members, that daily struggle will now be simplified to help increase medication adherence and reduce medication errors.

Anthem will now offer Medi-Cal members the opportunity to enroll in the DailyMed™ Pharmacy program. This new program, a first in California, eliminates the guesswork when taking complex or multiple prescriptions by providing members with a 30-day supply of their medications, delivered to their homes, in pre-sorted packets marked with the day, date and time the medications should be taken.

In addition, because individuals who take more medications can find it difficult to adhere to their medication regimens, members will benefit from a team of DailyMed pharmacists who will provide coordinated care and phone consultations to closely monitor the safety, efficacy and compliance of their medication therapy.  

"For many of our members, their medication regimens are critical to help stay healthy and enjoy a better quality of life, yet we know some regimens can be very complex and hard to understand, and that can lead to missing doses or even misusing medications," said Kevin Hayden, president of Anthem's State Sponsored Business. "It is well-documented that better adherence to treatment guidelines and medication compliance keeps members healthier for a much longer period of time, while reducing hospitalizations and other health care related costs. This program has the potential to significantly change the way our members approach their medication therapy."

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