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The Importance of Medication Management

In 2008, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported a Medical Expenditure Panel Survey that indicated an average of over three billion prescriptions written every year in the United States (meps.ahrq.gov, 2008). With the amount of prescriptions being written and the number of over-the-counter drugs a person can purchase, there are countless ways for abuse both accidentally and intentionally. That’s why the doctors at Remedy Medical Group in Redwood City and San Francisco take medication management seriously.

At Remedy Medical Group, we improve our patient's lives by optimizing drug therapy to improve the therapeutic outcome of all patients. We offer many ways to manage medications, such as performing a patient assessment, conducting a comprehensive medication review, and formulating an efficient medication treatment plan. Our doctors also monitor the efficacy and safety of medications while documenting and communicating plans to patients’ other doctors and pharmacies to maintain a complete and comprehensive patient care. Most importantly, we provide patients with the proper education for their medications.

To learn more about how we can help you with Medication Management, call Remedy Medical Group in Redwood City or San Francisco at (650) 306-9490 to schedule an appointment today.

After a medical procedure—or with a medical condition—that requires the high usage of medication, missing medication can easily happen. At the same time, overconsuming medication can also occur without proper management. High amounts of medication require a higher attention to medication management, and the doctors at Remedy Medical Group are more than happy to help monitor medications for our patients by clarifying directions, answering any questions, and ensuring that patients avoid dangerous combinations of prescribed medications and over-the-counter drugs. Unfortunately, the mixture of prescribed medications and over-the-counter drugs is one of the most common mistakes patients make without proper medication management.

For people who are taking medication for chronic conditions or multiple diseases, medication management is a necessity for proper care. Below is a list of why medication management is an important part of healthcare.

  1. A high number of senior citizens are consuming prescription medications. Approximately 70% of Americans are taking a minimum of one prescription drug, and senior citizens make up more than 40% of those prescriptions.

  2. Many senior citizens are taking multiple prescription drugs. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, on average, individuals are in the range of 65 to 69 years old take nearly 14 prescriptions per year and individuals aged 80 to 84 take an average of 18.

  3. The more prescriptions needed, the more difficult they are to keep track of. High volumes of prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines will likely increase the potential for mistakes.

  4. Improper Medication Management can lead to adverse reactions and hospitalizations. Contrary reactions to medications are responsible for 28% of hospitalizations of the elderly and 36% of all reported adverse drug reactions involve an elderly individual.

  5. Proper medication adherence and management can lead to a successful recovery of acute conditions and help control chronic conditions.

To learn more about how we can help you with Medication Management, call Remedy Medical Group in Redwood City or San Francisco at (650) 306-9490 to schedule an appointment today.


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