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Enhanced Medication Access Results in 25% Improvement of Prescription Compliance

Beginning in January 2015, the Wyoming Medication Donation Program began purchasing needed medications that were not donated in sufficient supply to meet the needs of enrolled patients.  Although the volume of donated medications continues to grow, certain items are not donated in consistent supply to meet demand.  Through funding provided by the Wyoming Institute of Population Health's Health Care Innovation Award Grant, the program was able to buy medication at cost to fill in the gaps of the donated inventory. 
Utilizing these medications has improved the programs medication refill compliance rate from 62% in 2014 to 88% in 2015 (Jan-June).  The pharmaceutical industry generally uses an 85% compliance rate as a measure of good quality  pharmaceutical care.  On average, 38% of the program's patients served each month receive a purchased stock medication (range 28-58%).  Nearly 75% of the medications needed are for behavioral health conditions.  The return on investment was $11.12 (Average Wholesale Price/Cost).
The benefit of filling in the gaps of donated mediations is evident.  As the grant comes to a close, the program will begin utilizing the formulary of donated medications provided by the Dispensary of Hope in addition to looking for resources to continue purchasing needed medications not available through their formulary.
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Pill Terminator Seeks to Improve In-Home Drug Disposal

As the number of Americans taking prescription drugs continues to rise, the need to account for pharmaceuticals that go unused has become an increasingly pressing concern.

The National Institutes of Health says the U.S. alone consumes three-quarters of the world's prescription drugs despite accounting for just 5 percent of its population, and when symptoms subside, treatment directives change or medications expire, options for disposing of the remaining doses can be limited.

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Advocating for the poor in the Texas Legislature pays off!

Posted on July 7, 2015July 7, 2015

By Dr. Rafael Perez

IT PASSED! “Never get weary doing good.” (Gal 6:9) Please read the details below of Dr. Rafael Perez’s assertive work to bring a much needed medication program to Texas for the poor. Advocating for justice for the poor is an important part of our call at Texas Christian Community Development Network.  Here is his announcement of the recently approved legislation:

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DEA Announces 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back

JUL 28 (WASHINGTON) - DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place September 26th from 10 am-2 pm local time in every state but Pennsylvania and Delaware, where the event will take place on September 12. As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.  
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Fun Fact

By shredding and recycling 1.4 tons of blister pack tops used at the Wyoming Medication Donation Program, 24.6 trees were saved in 2014.

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