The beginning of 2015 has seen the publication of numerous articles on adherence and prepared treatment, as well as securing the medication circuit, themes which Medissimo has been working on since 2006.
Here is a summary of some of the articles which we thought were worth sharing with you (all links lead to articles in French).
January 28, 2015
The association UFC-Que Choisir says “stop medication overdosing for elderly people!”
After analyzing the prescriptions of 347 polymedicated (prescription with at least five different drugs) senior citizens (over 75) gathered from volunteers and the magazine’s readers, Que Choisir has sounded the alarm bells. On average, the prescriptions included 8.6 drugs with a maximum of 21 in just one prescription! They were checked using the Laroche list, which identifies potentially inappropriate medication for older people. 40% of these prescriptions showed at least one problem. This is particularly alarming when you consider that elderly people take a longer time to eliminate substances consumed while also being more fragile than others. France’s average medication consumption per habitant is 22% higher than the average in other big European countries (IMS Health 2012) which involves added cost for our social security system.
February 11, 2015
Le Parisien newspaper underlines that better adherence to prescribed medication could save lives.
In their blog, La Parisienne, the newspaper revisits an analysis made a long time ago by Medissimo. It is based on the results of an observatory by Jamla consulting agency called “Les enjeux de l’observance en France (The stakes behind adherence in France)”. It explains that 25% of medication prescribed by doctors is not consumed by patients. The number of deaths related to this non-adherence is considered to be 12,000 per year.
The adherence rates of certain illnesses are particularly worrying:
• 64% of patients with the Aids virus follow their triple therapy correctly
• 66% of renal transplant patients follow their treatment correctly
• 65% for type 2 diabetes patients
• 55% for osteoporosis patients
• 37% for patients with gout
The survey also reminds us that every year, 100,000 hospitalizations could be avoided.
This is one of the objectives of Medissimo, who provide a service for preparing treatments in technological pill boxes and a means of monitoring observance with our Siapda software program.
February 4, 2015
The website Infirmiers.com covers medication errors linked to “bar code reading”
The article talks about an innovation which could enable the industrialization of a control of the “Five Rights of Medication Administration” : “the right medication, the right patient, the right time, the right dose, the right route”.
The idea is to alternatively scan an electronic identification bracelet on the patient and the bar codes on the packaging. The software program following the medication (such as Medissimo’s Siapda) would alert for any errors, or provide guidelines to the nursing staff in real time.
François PESTY, Pharmacist, “Medication circuit”Expert-Advisor (author of the article) most notably quotes a survey showing an important decrease in medication errors in hospitals (-41%).
Another idea mentioned: the creation by the authorities of a national high definition digital image library of the front and back of unwrapped medication. A task which is not as easy as it may seem.
February 2, 2015
Medication and patient safety on DSIH e-health
Along similar lines, this article also recommends ideas for improving the safety of the medication circuit.
It includes a request for help for nurses in preparing treatment, which Medissimo now provides for pharmacies and nursing homes with our technological pill boxes and our software program Siapda.
Bar code reading (medication / patient beds) is also suggested here.
Please feel free to share any articles which you find interesting, and to tell us what you think about them.