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Medication Management
medication management 
FEATURE ARTICLE
The Medication Management Challenge
By Julie Fulmer-Mason, PharmD
  • 1.8 billion prescription medications dispensed annually in U.S.
  • Nearly 75% of Americans do not take their medications as prescribed
    • Causes 125,000 deaths per year
    • Accounts for 10% of all hospital admissions
    • Direct result of 23% of new admissions to assisted living-type facilities
    • Costs US health care system about $290 billion per year

The Solutions
8 Ways to Improve Your Medication Adherence

Get Organized

  • Keep ALL active medications in one location and in their original containers.
  • Store medications in dry environment
    • Away from bathroom humidity, heat/steam in kitchen, moisture in refrigerator, direct sunlight
    • Liberate yourself from your pill bottles
  • Use an organizational system (pill box)
    • Promotes mobility
    • Increases awareness of missed doses and need to order refills...continued