Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pharma patient adherence budgets have increased 281 percent in four years

Research shows that pharma companies have allocated an increasing number of resources to their adherence budgets over the past four years: from $400,000 in 2009 to $1.5 million in 2012. Patient outreach activities are expected to continue increasing over the next five years.  

Read the full story at Med City News.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pleio GoodStart improves Rx adherency, pharmacy loyalty

DENVER – Pleio Health Support Systems Inc. said new data shows that the Pleio GoodStart patient-support program boosts medication adherence and pharmacy loyalty.

The medication compliance solutions firm said Monday that the GoodStart program's 100-day protocol of live phone discussions with pharmacy personnel and customized daily health tips by text message, IVR and e-mail improves prescription consumption.

Patients ages 40 to 60 refilled an average of 52 more pills during their first 450 days on a once-a-day pill. In a recent survey, 95% of GoodStart participants of all ages said the program made them more likely to recommend their pharmacy to a friend, according to Pleio.

The findings were released at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Denver.

Prescription data was collected daily for 18 months from more than 20 pharmacy chains who use Pleio GoodStart and analyzed using Pleio Tandem Analytics. The data from 23,783 patients included a similar patient control group who weren't reached to participate in the Pleio GoodStart program.

A phone survey of 320 patients who recently participated in the GoodStart program found that 45% of patients had already told a friend, family member or health care provider about the program; 79% of patients felt GoodStart helped them feel better about their medication; and 95% said they would be more likely to recommend their pharmacy to a friend as a result of GoodStart.

"Pharmacy is in the right place at the right time when it comes to medication adherence. Pleio helps pharmacies expand their role by highly customized phone conversations and health tips delivered however patients like, whenever they like," stated Jean Lalonde, chief executive officer of Pleio Health Support Systems. "Pleio helps expand pharmacy by improving the support that innovative pharmacies can offer their patients."

Read the press release on Chain Drug Review.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Data: Pleio GoodStart 'Lite' Adds 1 Rx / Year / Patient

Pleio is excited to announce that the Pleio GoodStart Lite program is highly effective, generating an average of 1 additional prescriptions per patient during their first year on therapy. Analysis of Rx data from over 20,665 recent patients supported through several regional pharmacy chains across the US from July 2011 to December 2012 shows that Pleio GoodStart has a significant positive impact on medication adherence.

The Pleio GoodStart Lite program offered patients participation for 100 days in:
A. Up to 2 brief adherence coaching discussions by phone, at their convenience
B. Up to 21 customized GoodStart Minute daily health tips by phone, text message or e-mail
C. At least 1 brochure, letter or post card reminding them of key health messages
D. Up to 1 phone discussion with their Pharmacist, if necessary.

Patients supported through the GoodStart program, filled an average of 1 additional prescription for their heart medication during their first year of therapy, compared to the control group.  Pleio will continue to share more insights in the coming months, and invites other groups with data (published or just explained) on recent adherence programs studied among large populations to post links to their results.

Monday, May 21, 2012

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Even pharmacy students have trouble taking their meds

What happens when you give 72 second-year pharmacy students Starburst JellyBeans to take with varying administration schedules to simulate the medication regimen many patients partake in every day?

You can read about the experiment over at Jerry Fahrni's blog. The results speak volumes:

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When even pharmacy students have trouble adhering to a "once daily" regimen, it's not hard to see why it's important for us to have more than a little empathy for those managing complex medication regimens.

Access the article over at the AJPE.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Employees rewarded, penalized to improve health

As companies are increasingly rewarding employees for adopting healthier lifestyle choices, and penalizing those who engage in acts like smoking or refusing to submit to blood-tests for cholesterol and diabetes, best intentions are being called into question, with some employees considering these practices an invasion of privacy.

Read the full story here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pleio's New HealthWink Cartoon: Too Much Eating, Family Meeting

This fun new 45-second HealthWink shows that when it comes to diet, nobody's perfect, but family and friends can help.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Human Factors Inhibit Medication Adherence

The obstacles to medication adherence vary so widely that no single approach can work as a catch-all. As we noted in the previous article, efforts to improve compliance must necessarily address a patient's internal barriers as well. In a piece for Managed Care Magazine, Carol Milano looks at several ambitious projects that are tackling adherence-related behavioral problems. Read it here.

Positive Thinking Can Help With Medication Adherence

Patient empowerment is a key factor in improving medication adherence. A new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows that when people with high blood pressure think positive thoughts, practice self affirmation and undergo patient education, they are more likely to follow their medication regimen than with patient education alone. Read the full story here.

Monday, January 09, 2012

HealthWinks by Pleio

Special thanks to Mike Fiorentino, Regina Mears and Diogo for their dedication to bringing the Pleio HealthWinks to life!