212018Jun

Compare the Costs: Combo Meds are 80% More Expensive

Drug companies often combine two cheap generic medications that have been around for decades, sometimes slightly altering their doses, and then market them as a “new” expensive brand name medication.  Most often, there is little evidence that these combination medications work any better than the two individual agents.  However, what is evident is that these…

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302018May

Are Your Patients Keeping a Secret?

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition affecting approximately 33 million people in the U.S. It’s estimated that up to 30% of men and 40% of women experience OAB symptoms, which includes urinary urgency, frequency, and nocturia with or without incontinence. According to Carrie Schanen, KHP Managed Care Pharmacist, the actual number of persons affected…

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302018Apr

KHP Best Practice: Prescribe 90 Days

Did you know that an estimated one out of every 10 instances of medication non-adherence is due to patients being late to pick up their monthly refill?  Utilizing 90-day supplies is one easy way to reduce the risk of patients forgetting a refill and the associated medical costs of adverse events due to a missed…

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142018Mar

Gabapentin: Neuropathic Pain Control at Lower Cost

Among patients reporting at least some type of pain within the last year, it’s estimated that up to 15 percent likely have some neuropathic component contributing to their pain. Identifying and effectively treating neuropathic pain can be a challenge. It is associated with significant impairments in health-related quality of life as well as a substantial…

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292018Jan

KentuckyOne Medical Plan Formulary

A new formulary has been released for the CHI/KentuckyOne Health Medical Plan. Check out this KHP tip sheet for retired medications and preferred alternatives. If you have patients insured through the CHI Medical Plan, save this list on your desktop and post in your office. Prescribing covered medications will help ensure medication adherence and prevent disruptions…

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52018Jan

4 Tips to Increase Medication Adherence and Help Your Patients Save Money on Prescriptions

The cost of prescription medications continues to climb with no end in sight. Not surprisingly, one in four people has difficulty affording their prescription medications. Use these four tips to help increase your patients’ medication adherence and to help them reduce out of pocket costs on prescriptions. 1. Initiate the conversation: ask patients about prescription…

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262017Oct

Four Important Updates for the 2017-18 Flu Season

The flu season has arrived! Be prepared by reviewing newly released CDC recommendations and these four important updates. The time to get vaccinated is NOW! Influenza vaccination should optimally occur before the end of October, however administration later in the season is still beneficial. The CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months or older without…

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212017Sep

Shocking Price Comparison: Generic Omeprazole vs. Omeprazole-Bicarbonate

With ever increasing drug costs, providers are prescribing generic alternatives to minimize out of pocket costs for patients and to help contain costs for the health system. As a pharmacist, I encourage generic utilization when appropriate. However, not all generic formulations are the most inexpensive therapeutic options – such as commonly prescribed generic PPI omeprazole-bicarbonate….

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242017Jul

Drug-Related Falls: Are your Elderly Patients at Risk?

Falls constitute a leading cause of injuries, hospitalizations and deaths among the elderly. Medication use is one of the most modifiable risk factors for falls and fall-related injuries. Physiological changes due to aging can significantly affect the absorption, distribution, and metabolism of drugs. These changes include a decrease in lean body mass and increased body…

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282017Jun

Five FAQs for Statin Prescribers: Managing Side Effects

Statins are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. and are beneficial in patients with dyslipidemias for both primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. Although generally well tolerated, as with all drugs, statins can have adverse effects. One of the most commonly reported adverse effects from statin therapy includes myalgia,…

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