AND, A PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER
Medication non-adherence leads to 125,000 deaths and 10 to 20 percent of hospital and nursing home admissions each year, CVS reported. Studies show that a third of patients don’t take their meds as prescribed, and almost 50 percent of patients with chronic conditions stop taking their meds within the first year of diagnosis. “Patients who take their medications as prescribed have better health outcomes than those who do not,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Services, CVS Pharmacy.
ScriptPath Prescription Schedule now is available on request at over 9,700 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide, and the system, along with a pharmacist consultation, will automatically be offered to the approximate nine million CVS Pharmacy patients who take at least five medications a day.
The two other components of the new ScriptPath prescription management system are a new prescription label and a prescription overview (the info stapled to the bag holding your medication), which are being rolled out in waves this year. Both feature color-coded icons with symbols designating when to take medications, dosage information, and the patient’s name and the type of medication in larger type (yay for that!). The overview also reports receipt & refill Information and notes from the pharmacy.
to check out how CVS wants to help keep you on script.