Pharmacy Perspectives - Winter 2012 - (Page 1)
CO N TE N TS 2 100 Years A Look Back in Time 4 News Going Green 7 Students Life Saver
9 Alumni News Making a Difference in Rural Colorado 14 Research Advances in Vaccine Delivery
The Price of Non-compliance
■ Americans don’t take their prescription medicine as directed. ■ Patients not taking medicine as prescribed cost the U.S. healthcare system roughly
Nearly three in four
Script your Future
During the month of October, pharmacy students participated in several health fairs where they distributed scriptyourfuture.org medication tracking cards, as well as provided patient counseling and a variety of screenings including blood pressure, blood glucose sticks, cholesterol screenings and immunizations.
$290 billion a year
in extra treatment and related costs. ■ One study estimated those patients pay about
$2,000 a year
in extra out-of-pocket medical costs. ■ For patients with chronic health conditions –
Organized and sponsored by AACP, the NACDS Foundation and the National Consumers League, the scriptyourfuture.org campaign is a three-year endeavor with a mission to help raise awareness and improve understanding of the importance of patients taking their medications as prescribed. Since the campaign’s launch, more than 100,000 people have signed the league’s online pledge to stick to their medication schedule. In order to do our part to help encourage patients understand the importance of taking their medications as prescribed, the School has developed its own medication tracking cards, which will be distributed during the School’s April 28 RX Disposal event, health fairs, area pharmacies, and other sites.
of the U.S. population – not taking medications as prescribed can lead to drug resistance, disability or death.
Third-year pharmacy student, Eric Liang, instructs a health fair participant on how to track her medications
Lapel pins with our School’s new name are now available. If you would like one, contact Dana Brandorff at 303.724.4618 or dana.brandorff@ ucdenver.edu and provide your name, year of graduation, phone number and address of where you’d like the pin mailed. We’ll promptly send you one that you can wear with pride!
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