Starting the New Year Off Right: Script Your Future Challenge

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“And the Script Your Future campaign is off!” Script Your Future is a nationwide initiative that challenges students in the health profession to inform patients about their medications and how to achieve positive medical outcomes. Sponsored by the National Consumers League, the campaign runs through January and February. This is the third year that University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) has participated in the event, and has received national recognition in the past.

Three disease states are being specifically targeted during the challenge: asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Coincidentally, those same three disease states are the most common in West Virginia. University of Charleston’s student pharmacists and student physician assistants will be working in conjunction to help patients in their community remember to take their medication, as well as ensuring the medication is taken properly.

Medication adherence involves:

  • Filling a new prescription or refilling an existing prescription
  • Completing the course of medication as prescribed
  • Taking the correct amount of prescribed medication
  • Taking medication at the prescribed time

Only approximately 50-60% of patients take their medications correctly, and 125,000 individuals die every year from taking their medications incorrectly. Based on these figures, there is plenty of room for improvement in medication adherence!

This is where the student pharmacists, student physician assistants, and other healthcare workers and institutions come into the picture. Students will promote medication adherence at a variety of health events throughout West Virginia and Ohio. The theme will be RxSolutions to help patients make a resolution to adhere to their medication regimen. Some of these activities include:

  • Encouraging community members to make a New Year’s Resolution to take their medication as prescribed
  • Placing medication adherence literature in prescription bags at Fruth Pharmacies and Advance Healthcare @UC
  • Conducting patient consultations at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital and Rainelle Health Center
  • Organizing a community wellness fair at the UCSOP Go Red for Women event, February 6, 2015
  • Reaching the community through social media, including a week-long Tweet-a-Thon January 26-February 2, 2015

Once more, UCSOP is showing just how important community outreach is to a student pharmacist’s development and education. Interacting with the public is an essential aspect of our profession, and helping individuals improve their medical outcomes with proper medication adherence is our top priority. Based on this information, we are sure the Script Your Future campaign will be a success once more!

For more information on the events contact: Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs, susangardner@ucwv.edu, 304-357-4879.

For more information about medication adherence: http://www.scriptyourfuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Final-FAQ-for-About-Page.pdf

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