‘Script your future’ campaign message focuses on proper medication adherence

| June 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nearly three out of four Americans don’t take their medications as directed, a problem known as medication nonadherence.

Tricare is joining the National Consumer League, or NCL, and other partners in launching the “Script Your Future” campaign to encourage patients to take their medications as directed.

According to NCL, one in three Americans never fills their prescriptions, and a third of hospital admissions are linked to poor adherence. Medical nonadherence is especially true for people with chronic health conditions that can worsen quickly without proper medication use.

The NCL also reports that up to $290 billion a year in medical costs can be attributed to poor medication adherence.

The Script Your Health campaign’s primary goal is patient education and awareness, focused on patients with three serious chronic conditions — diabetes, respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease.

The campaign will provide information for proper use of medication and medical devices, like asthma inhalers, strategies for making it easier to remember to take medications, and communication tips for doctors and pharmacists about all the patient’s over-the-counter and prescription medications. It will also address negative health affects of poor medication adherence.

“The least effective and most expensive pill Tricare provides is the one a beneficiary never takes,” said Navy Rear Adm. Thomas McGinnis, chief, Tricare Pharmacy Operations. “Following the labeled directions for prescription medications is one of the easiest ways to help protect and improve overall wellness.

“(Beneficiaries should) read the instructions carefully, and contact a doctor or pharmacist with any questions,” McGinnis said.

Script your future

Visit www.tricare.mil/pharmacy or www.scriptyourfuture.org for tips and tools to help individuals improve adherence, including a question builder to help patients start conversations with their doctor, printable lists to keep track of medications and worksheets to help build a plan to take medications as prescribed.

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