Pharmacy Students Engaged in Month-Long Medication Adherence Campaign

On February 11, 2014 UC student pharmacists hosted a community health fair focused on medication adherence. The event was part of a month-long campaign called “Script Your Future.” This national campaign sponsored by the National Consumers League is aimed toward raising awareness about medication adherence. Pharmacists and pharmacy students throughout the U.S. are promoting medication adherence during the month of February as a way to encourage consumers to take action and improve health behaviors through safe and appropriate use of medications. Consumers can also take a medication adherence pledge by visiting: www.scriptyourfuture.org.

The Stats:

  • Three out of 4 people in the U.S. do not take their medications as directed
  • 20-30% of prescriptions never get filled
  • 50% of the time medication is not continued as pre-scribed
  • Not taking medications as directed causes approximately 125,000 deaths in the U.S. alone
  • Non-adherence has a direct estimated cost of over $200 billion dollars annual to health care

On February 11, student pharmacists at the University of Charleston served over 200 people through health screenings such as blood pressure checks, bone density tests, BMI assessments and medication reviews. Medication adherence information was provided for all attendees including those affected by diabetes, asthma and heart disease. Participants were invited to TAKE THE PLEDGE to TAKE THEIR MEDS.

In additiountitledn to the February 11 health fair, student pharmacists are attending UC basketball games throughout the month of February to education attendees about the importance of medication adherence. And, the UC SOP chapter of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP) is hosting another fair at the Town Center Mall in downtown Charleston on February 22 from 10am until 2pm as a way of extending the reach to the surrounding community. In addition, student pharmacists have established a partnership with Fruth Pharmacy to distribute medication adherence information will prescriptions in 10 stores throughout the area throughout the week of February 24, 2014. This initiative will reach between 16,000 and 20,000 patients through the Kanawha Valley. UC SOP Class of 2016 and 2017 students have also created videos to promote medication adherence.

Learn more about UC SOP efforts around Script Your Future and the importance of medication adherence by liking our Facebook Page and watching our YouTube videos!

 

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