Each pain type, severity, and unique patient condition requires a specialized approach whereby all options are explored before an opioid is deemed necessary. This methodology will help patients achieve primary relief and preserved functionality without putting them at unnecessary risk. The right pharmacy partner will make the difference as pharmacists, those specially trained in pharmacology are often the missing link and an obvious vital resource for doctors struggling to deliver solutions. It takes time, patience, and expertise to get it right, but the cost of cutting corners is already evident. Read More
Taken by themselves, each state has relatively common solutions. Dependency would entail a managed withdrawal and introduction of effective medicinal alternatives. Addiction would require rehabilitation. However, dependence and addiction often exist at the same time. Most patients who are opioid dependent are also addicted, which is a much more difficult situation to solve. Read More
Although it’s impossible to escape news of the opioid epidemic, we haven’t heard the whole story. At Progressive Care, I’ve met patients from all walks of life and witnessed firsthand the caustic consequences of opioid misuse and abuse. The opioid epidemic is a deeply emotional and complicated issue. In this three-part series, we’ll explore the causes, obstacles, and solutions to the over-prescribing of opioid medications. Read More
It is clear that adherence is one of the most important keys to driving down health care costs and improving health outcomes. Adherence means taking a medication as prescribed consistently: right medication, at the right dose, and at the right time. According to a study by Mayo Clinic, 50% of patients are non-adherent which means that for 50% of patients on a chronic condition medication, doses are missed, taken improperly or not taken at all. Non-adherence costs the U.S. 2.3% of GDP or $290 Billion. Read More
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