To keep you better informed about the biggest trends and developments affecting medication management, medication adherence, and pharmacy services, here are 10 of the most significant news reports published in October 2021. Highlights include stories on the tech-enabled pharmacy, causes of nonadherence, importance of health literacy, a deprescribing case study, and pharmacy burnout.
1. How Tech-Enabled Pharmacy Can Help Reinvent the Pharmacy Experience
A Pharmacy Times column explains why a tech-enabled pharmacy is essential to "unlocking" the abilities of pharmacists and techs to care for patients and describes what such a pharmacy looks like in practice.
2. Medication Nonadherence: What May Cause It and How To Prevent It
Contemporary Pediatrics reports on a session at the 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition that provided insight into common causes of medication nonadherence and guidance to improve adherence.
3. Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control
This American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement published in Hypertension identifies factors contributing to poor adherence to medications designed to lower blood pressure and shares interventions to help address each adherence barrier. (Access AHA's news release on the statement.)
4. Health Literacy Is Positively Associated With Medication Adherence
An Oncology Nursing News column analyzes the importance of healthcare professionals and nurses providing information to patients and their families to help reduce medication nonadherence.
5. Nurse-Led Program Boosts Medication Adherence Discussions
Clinical Pain Advisor reports on a quality improvement study at an urban federally qualified health center that demonstrated the effectiveness of a nurse-led clinic staff education program on improving medication adherence.
6. Lessons for Deprescribing From a Nonessential Medication Hold Policy In US Nursing Homes
This retrospective cohort study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, examines how a large nursing home chain's temporary medication hold policy can serve as a model for deprescribing efforts.
7. Medication Nonadherence in Patients With Hypertension & Diabetes: A Compounding Issue
Physician's Weekly reports on a study published in Healthcare that evaluated how medication nonadherence contributes to increases in medication regimen intensity for patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes.
8. Increasing Patient Adherence to Oral Chemo
Clinical Oncology News reports on a presentation at the 2021 ASHP Specialty Pharmacy Conference that highlights the importance of collaborative efforts of healthcare teams to improve patient adherence with oral oncolytics.
9. Blood Thinners and Benzodiazepines Among Top Drugs That Send People to the ER
Healthline reports on a study published in JAMA that reveals which drugs are most likely to send certain age groups to the emergency room, with anticoagulants and diabetes medications affecting a significant number of adults ages 65 and older.
10. 6 Execs Share the Dangers of Pharmacy Burnout
Six health system pharmacy leaders discuss the effects of pharmacy burnout with Becker's Hospital Review.