Pharmacists team up with health plan to boost adherence

Medication nonadherence is a tenacious problem with dramatic consequences. According to the American Heart Association, non-adherence kills 125,000 Americans and costs the health care system $300 billion annually. The issue spurred a partnership between the Pharmacists Association of Western New York (PAWNY) and third-party payer Independent Health, yielding promising results for improved outcomes, cost savings, and the establishment of pharmacists as health care providers. The findings of their 12-week project were published in the December 2016 report Partnering to Improve Medication Adherence and Patient Outcomes.