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Side Effects Limit Prescription Drug Compliance
Date:7/10/2013

alert patients about side effects like dry mouth, and proactively recommend treatment options, together we may help increase overall treatment compliance and ultimately help people feel better."

The survey also showed a majority of Americans (55%) wish their pharmacist would talk to them more about side effects when they pick up their medication, with those 18-25 even more likely to wish their pharmacist would talk to them about medication side effects (65%).

"Sharing side effect information along with medications can have a two-fold benefit," said Pamala S. Marquess, Pharm.D, president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association, East Marietta Drugs chain store owner, and compensated Biotene spokesperson. "It most importantly helps patients stick with their prescribed treatment plans, but it can also help increase store revenue. Adding an OTC to a prescription drug order to effectively help a patient manage a side effect can increase overall store revenue while also helping the patient be more comfortable and manage a side effect, like dry mouth, that has negative ramifications if left untreated."

Alarmingly, 76% of those surveyed do not even realize dry mouth is a medical condition that should be treated. If left untreated, dry mouth can cause even more oral health problems, increasing ones chances for tooth decay by approximately 3 times. For example, 68% of those surveyed didn't know dry mouth can lead to cavities. Fifty-four % (54%) didn't know dry mouth can cause bad breath, and 43% didn't even know dry mouth can be a side effect of taking medication. Patients can take a dry mouth quiz at Biotene.com.

About BioteneBiotene offers a full line of products designed specifically to relieve symptoms of dry mouth and related oral irritation often triggered by medications, diabetes, Sjogren's Syndrome and cancer treatments. The Biotene product range is divided into three categories: moisturizing relief products (gel an
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