2016 BE 52 ST OF THE WEST | WEST HAWAII TODAY LONGS DRUGS | BEST PHARMACY Longs Drugs … Helping Hawaii on Their Path to Better Health Taking medications as prescribed (also called “medication adherence”) is one of the most e ective ways to fi ght chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Yet countless Americans don’t follow their treatment plans, resulting in declining health, preventable deaths and billions in wasted health care resources. There are many reasons people aren’t adherent to their medications – some face fi nancial barriers, while others are troubled by their medication’s side e ects. Still others may not understand how (or why) to take their medication. No matter the reason, it’s clear that prescription non-adherence is a real problem. That’s why our Longs Drugs and CVS Health pharmacists are working to change that with tools and programs that educate, remind and encourage patients to stay on track with their medications. These include: • Prescription synchronization – Patients can fi ll all medications with fewer trips to the pharmacy • Multi-dose/new packaging options – We help patients organize their medications to reduce dosing complexity • Medication review – Our pharmacists review complex medication regimens to help prevent major drug-related events • Retail interventions – Targeted messaging at the pharmacy counter informs and engages patients in their care • Home adherence devices – Simple devices remind patients to take their medication on time • Digital tools – Our suite of digital o erings integrates adherence support into daily life Our convenient and easy-to-use digital tools, such as the CVS Pharmacy app and CVS.com, are helping patients manage their prescriptions and stay on track with their medications. Patients who use CVS Pharmacy’s digital o erings can scan their pill bottles to order refi lls of their prescriptions and receive medication reminders while benefi ting from easier in-store pickup. CVS Pharmacy’s leading ExtraCare loyalty program and the opt-in ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards will allow patients to earn $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every 10 prescriptions fi lled. Patients can also earn rewards for the other things they do to stay healthy, like getting immunizations or choosing email refi ll reminders. Our pharmacists aren’t simply fi lling prescriptions – they’re helping patients remain adherent, giving vaccinations and o ering advice on prescription and non-prescription drugs and supplements. Our integrated pharmacy services model and trusted pharmacy teams are on the front lines of health care, LONGS DRUGS | BEST PHARMACY enabling our company to increase access to care while helping lower health care costs and, ultimately, improving the health of our patients. Longs Drugs — Helping Hawaii on their path to better health.
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