Pharmacy and medical students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will be reaching out to the Erie community to promote awareness and understanding the importance of medication adherence. They are embarking on the Script Your Future Student Pharmacist Adherence Challenge, hoping to repeat their 2012 achievement in ranking among the top five pharmacy schools in the national challenge.
Erie County (Pa.) Executive Kathy Dahlkemper presented a proclamation recognizing the important role that student pharmacists play in health care and, most importantly, how the Script Your Future Challenge will demonstrate the significance of diligently following prescription instructions and completing dosages.
“The Script your Future campaign is designed to bring together student pharmacists and other future medical professionals to improve patient medication adherence,” said Ashley Ramp, Class of 2015 Student Government Association president. “The most effective way to improve this outcome is by educating future professionals on ways to better interact with their patients. LECOM is dedicated to training the next generation of pharmacists and doctors to be the best providers of patient centered care.”
|Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper (center) presented LECOM with a proclamation in recognition of the College's participation in the Script Your Future Challenge. She is shown with Allen Shepard, OMS2, and Ashley Ramp, P2.|
When patients use their medications as prescribed by physicians, dentists, and other health care professionals, and as reviewed by pharmacists, they can see success of those regimens in improving patient outcomes. Skipping medications or not using all of the prescribed medication has become a major problem in the United States. Studies estimate that patients with chronic conditions adhere only to 50-60 percent of medications as prescribed.
“Because of advances in medical science, we have made amazing breakthroughs in both diagnostics and therapeutics. However, as remarkable as these breakthroughs have been, unless patients adhere to their therapeutic regimens as directed, this remarkable progress cannot translate into remarkable healthcare outcomes,” said Hershey S. Bell, M.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the LECOM School of Pharmacy. “It is up to healthcare professionals-pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and many others-to do all that they can do to enable patients to properly adhere to these regimens.”
Medication non-adherence is a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and increased healthcare costs in the United States, with approximately 125,000 yearly deaths and estimated annual costs of 100-300 billion dollars attributable to medication non-adherence.
Throughout February, LECOM pharmacy students, with the help of their medical school counterparts, have organized awareness events at local schools, sporting events, churches and community centers. They intend to reach several thousand people during the month.
The students helped produce a 30-second public service video that will air at the Cinemark Theater in Erie during the entire month of February.
LECOM Erie Script Your Future Events
- Feb. 12 - “Fighting the Common Cold,” presented by the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists at the Erie YMCA on Peach and Cherry streets from 9-11 a.m.
- Feb. 12 - Prescription Drug Education and Drug Take Back, presented by Rho Chi at Millcreek’s Joy Center from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
- Feb. 12 - Diabetes in Children Awareness Event, presented by Mentoring Club at the Erie Downtown YMCA, West 10th Street from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
- Feb. 13-14 - COPD/Asthma and Exercise, presented by RX Runners at the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 3-7 p.m.
- Feb. 13 - Medication Adherence Presentation, presented by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists at the GECAC Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 12 noon
- Feb. 13 - Medication Adherence for Seniors, presented by APhA- Operation Self-care at the Regency at South Shore from 10-11 a.m.
- Feb. 15 - The Importance of Immunizations for Patients with Asthma, presented by APhA- Operation Immunization at the Giant Eagle Pharmacy on Peach Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Feb. 15 - Mercyhurst Prep Wellness Fair, presented by the American Pharmacists Association, Student National Pharmaceutical Association, Student Government Association at Mercyhurst Prep, from 2-5 p.m.
- Feb. 15 - “Fighting the Common Cold,” presented by the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists at Giant Eagle Pharmacy on Peach Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Feb. 17 - The Importance of Medication Adherence as a Pharmacy Technician, presented by Phi Lambda Sigma at Great Lakes Institute of Technology from 8 a.m. to 12 noon
- Feb. 17 - “Fighting the Common Cold,” presented by the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists at the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- Feb. 18 - The Importance of Medication Adherence as a Pharmacy Technician, presented by Phi Lambda Sigma at Great Lakes Institute of Technology from 8 a.m. to 12 noon
- Feb. 18 - Keeping Your Heart Physically and Spiritually Healthy, presented by Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International at Grace Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Feb. 20 - Medication Adherence for Seniors, presented by APhA- Operation Self-Care at Sunrise Senior Living from 10-11 a.m.
- Feb. 24 - Asthma and You, presented by APhA- ASP Katy’s Kids at Quality of Life Learning Center, 2046 East 19th St., from 3-4 p.m.
- Feb. 25 - Nursing and Medication Adherence, presented by the LECOM chapter of the American Pharmacists Association, at Mercyhurst University from 6-7 p.m.
- Feb. 27 - Medication Adherence for Seniors, presented by APhA- Operation Self-Care at Niagara Village, 2380 Village Common Drive, at 10 a.m.
Throughout February, a PSA produced by LECOM on medication adherence will show at the Tinseltown USA Movie Theater in Erie, Pa., the Hollywood Stadium 20 in Sarasota, Fla., the Largo Mall 8 in Largo, Fla., and will be broadcast on local TV networks in Erie and Pittsburgh, Pa.