Drug Assistance Programs in San Diego CA Keep Seniors on Track

I wanted to share this informative article from usatoday.com. Sometimes our elderly loved ones end up with so many prescriptions over the years that they lose track of what they are taking and why. By consulting with a pharmacist regarding everything your senior is taking, not only could you possibly alleviate some medications, you could also stop a potentially hazardous mix of medications that could make them sick. If you need advice or have questions about elder care in San Diego, please visit www.ageadvantagesandiego.com for information about how we can help.

Drug Assistance Programs Keep Seniors on Track
By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News

Irene Mooney survived four heart attacks and still copes with high cholesterol, persistent indigestion and heart problems. Recently, she developed some dangerous new symptoms — suspicious bruising all over her body and severe fatigue. "I could barely put one foot in front of the other," she says. A pharmacist discovered the culprit: some of the very medications Mooney was taking to manage her medical conditions.

The pharmacist met with Mooney, examined her 13 medications and then contacted her doctor, who cut the dosage of one drug and replaced another, reducing her risk of uncontrollable bleeding. Mooney, 82, one of the devoted card players at her seniors’ complex, soon noticed the change. "I’ve been so much better," she says.

The help Mooney got — called "medication therapy management" — was provided by Senior PharmAssist, a Durham, N.C., non-profit group that makes sure seniors use the right prescription drugs and take them correctly to prevent harmful side effects or drug interactions.

Now, medication management is coming to nearly 7 million seniors and disabled Americans enrolled in Medicare drug plans. Under new, tougher Medicare rules that took effect in January, private insurers that offer drug coverage must automatically enroll members who have at least $3,000 in total annual drug costs, take several drugs and have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease


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