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PCP Students Raise Awareness About Medication Adherence with Script Your Future Campaign
(L to R) Dwipi Patel PharmD’20, Shivangi Patel PharmD’20, Shivangi Solanki PharmD’20, Rachel Hatch PharmD’19, and Natalie Greco PharmD’19 staff a table a the Clark Park Farmers’ Market as part of the Script Your Future campaign for medication adherence.
Students from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy are raising awareness about the importance of prescription medication adherence as part of the Script Your Future campaign.
They join with health professions students across the country in the Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a two month-long inter-collegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty for creating solutions to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue. The Challenge is coordinated by the National Consumers League (NCL), a consumer group and the lead organization on the national Script Your Future campaign. NCL launched the campaign in 2011 to combat the problem of poor medication adherence.
In the United States, nearly three out of four patients do not take their medication as directed and medication nonadherence has been linked to increased hospitalizations and fatalities.
As part of the outreach effort, the USciences team offered free consultations to residents at the Clark Park Farmers’ Market on Saturdays where they staffed a table. The students have also offered consultations at nearly a dozen other health fairs, senior centers, nursing homes, and events in area. They have reached approximately 500 patients and distributed information to them.
“Our primary concern is to get people talking about their medications, so we can help them address the reasons they feel like they are unable to maintain adherence,” said Anika Fanlo PharmD’19, the student leader for the challenge team.
The team of students are on hand to answer questions about medications, their side effects, and address concerns about interactions with prescription or over-the-counter medications. The team is also available to assist individuals with creating a medication schedule that would minimize drug interactions and maximize therapeutic benefit.
To show their commitment to prescription adherence, residents are asked to “Take the Pledge” of Script Your Future, saying they will take medications as they are prescribed and describe their reasons for doing so. Over an 8-week span the students had 170 individuals sign pledges.
“We spend billions of dollars in the research and development of drugs – guaranteeing therapeutic efficacy and patient safety. In the classroom, we spend long hours learning their mechanisms of action and place in therapy. If the patient doesn’t take their medications correctly or as prescribed, that all goes down the drain,” said Fanlo. “We as future pharmacists want to do all that we can to ensure that people reap the benefits of their medications and are being safe about the way they are taking them.”
The team will continue their efforts even after the challenge is over, hoping to build on and fortify relationships with the community and different organizations to increase their impact. They will also reach out to measure the impact that the campaign has had in patient surveys and adherence assessments.
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