The misuse of medication therapy management presents a serious issue in healthcare across the United States. Did you know medication-related problems cost $177.4 billion each year? There are over 700,000 emergency room visits each year from incorrect medication use, and 120,000 of these result in hospital admissions. In fact, medication-related problems are estimated to be one of the top five causes of death for people over the age of 65.
October marks National Talk About Prescriptions month. Since over two-thirds of all doctors’ visits end with a prescription being written, the subject of medical management is increasingly important. Since 1986, Talk About Prescriptions month has provided an opportunity for patients, consumers, caregivers and healthcare professionals to promote the value of communication and importance of collaboration of safe medicine use.
Important Facts About Prescription Medicine
A product is considered a medicine if it changes the way your body operates or is used to treat or prevent a disease. Types of prescription medicines can range from antibiotics to birth control to blood pressure medicine. Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs are medicines you can purchase without a prescription from your physician and can include aspirin, antacids, laxatives, and cough medicine. When used correctly, a variety of medicines can better your overall health and improve your quality of life. However, it’s important to know medicines also have risks, and it’s important for each patient and their doctor to evaluate the benefits and risks of each medication.
Helpful Tips To Avoid Problems With Your Medications
Learn about your health conditions and medicines: Talk with your UnityPoint Clinic physician to disclose your medical history so they can better recommend the best medication for optimal health.
Make a medication list that includes:
Read the Drug Facts label: The Drug Facts label can provide useful information to help you get the best results and avoid problems.
Designate a primary pharmacy: Using one pharmacy will not only provide convenience for you, but will also allow your pharmacist to monitor which medications you are taking so they can alert you to potential harmful drug interactions.
What Is Medication Therapy Management?
Medication Therapy Management, also referred to as MTM, is medical care that aims to optimize drug therapy and better the therapeutic outcomes for patients. Typically, a pharmacist will regularly check in with a patient to ensure he or she is taking the medications as prescribed and verifies the patient is following proper health and wellness guidelines. Additionally, they will check into any related problems such as negative reactions to medications.
The Importance of Coordinated Care at UnityPoint Clinic
At UnityPoint Clinic, we recognize the importance of having organized and exceptional care, no matter what illness you are dealing with. The coordinated care approach at UnityPoint clinic ensures each patient receives the best care and the services available. In coordinated care, it’s important that our patients receive drug therapy that is appropriate and high quality, while also being cost-effective. Our dedicated health care professionals work hard to ensure each patient has access to safe and effective medications that are proven to get you healthy and stay healthy. Learn more about our coordinated care approach at UnityPoint Clinic today.