Hidden Gem: Your Local Independent Pharmacy

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Dec 04, 2017

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Each year, between 3 to 10% of the total US health care costs have been attributed to medication nonadherencethis totals up to approximately $100 to $300 billion in health care spending! In fact, nearly half of all adults in the US have at least one chronic disease, with the number of adults taking three or more medications doubling between 2007 and 2010. In managing chronic disease, medication adherence becomes key.
Taking your medications as prescribed, not missing doses, and close communication with your provider reduces the risks of hospitalizations and poor outcomes from medication nonadherence. This is a fact that we have all heard, but what makes it so hard? Maybe the medication is too expensive. Maybe you just cant get to the pharmacy. Or maybe you arent sure how the medication is going to help.

This is where the hidden gem that is your local independent pharmacy may offer valuable assistancethey offer all the services of the larger chains plus more. Most of these independent pharmacies offer blister packing services that organize your medications, making it easier to take them correctly and on time. They provide delivery services bringing your medications conveniently to your doorstep and useful educational materials through Specialty Disease State programs. Many of these pharmacies are even moving towards Collaborative Drug Therapy Management agreements between the pharmacist and provider. Such practice agreements allow the pharmacist to be directly involved in managing patient medication therapies, serving as an accessible resource to the community.

Frequenters will often speak of a personalized experience that keeps them coming back. The additional services, Specialty Disease State education, and co-pay assistant services are more than recognized to promote health and wellbeing within the community. So, the next time youre out in the neighborhood--look for these local gems that can provide a multitude of services reducing barriers to taking your medication and ultimately, help you better manage your health.

Yung-En Fung, PharmD, RPh
Program Manager
V-Care Pharmacy and Surgical Supplies
151 Cochituate Rd.
Framingham, MA 01701
P: 508-202-9993 ext. 3857
F: 508-202-9343

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