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Pharmacy care: Cure for ‘the other drug problem?’

KEY POINT

Comprehensive, individualized education by a pharmacist, customized blister-packed medications, and pharmacist follow-up every 2 months increased medication adherence 16-fold and led to a significant reduction in LDL cholesterol and blood pressure (BP) levels among a group of community-dwelling patients with dyslipidemias and hypertension. The intervention, while not needed by all elderly patients, provides a useful template for addressing “America’s other drug problem”—nonadherence—as part of medication therapy management services under Medicare Part D.