We are very proud to announce our first advocacy partnership with St. Joseph’s School of Pharmacy and Script Your Future. The Script Your Future campaign is led by National Consumers League (NCL) and designed to help you take your medicine as directed. It’s also created to help patients manage health problems such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The large, 3-year, national Script Your Future campaign started this spring and there are several public and private partners nationwide.St. Joseph’s role as a School of Pharmacy is to collaborate with their students and faculty in bringing the campaign message to their community in creative ways.
One of those creative ways will be attending the NBC CT Health and Wellness Festival in Hartford, Connecticut on October 1st and 2nd. At the festival they will pass out RememberItNow! cards that feature fast and easy QR codes that you can scan with your smart phone. See a sample of the cards below:
All you have to do is scan the code with your smartphone and you can sign up for your own RememberItNow! account in less than 2 minutes. Say hello free medication reminders, free wellness and educational tweets, treatment feedback and much more!
In 2007, the Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive poll reported one out of three adults taking a prescription drug on a regular basis did not follow their doctor-recommended course of treatment and two thirds of adults simply forgot to take their medication.
In 2010 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug had increased from 44% to 48% over the past decade. The use of two or more drugs escalated from 25% to 31% and the use of five or more drugs rose from 6% to 11%.
Patient noncompliance is costing our nation up $290 billion a year! To make matters worse, nearly 125,000 people die annually because they did not take their medicine as directed. Without effective medication management tools the risk of noncompliance and higher health care costs increases.