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Sarbanes Hosts Prescription Drug Information Event for Seniors in Burtonsville
Congressman talks with Maryland seniors about Medicare, Social Security
BURTONSVILLE – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today wrapped up his Older Americans Month tour of the Third District with free medication reviews and a discussion on Medicare and Social Security at the Praisner Community Center in Burtonsville.
The Congressman was joined by pharmacists and pharmacy students from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s P3 (Patients, Pharmacists, Partnerships) Program™ who provided free medication reviews, information about possible medication interactions and side effects, and blood pressure tests.
“I often hear from seniors who struggle to keep track of the medications they receive from different physicians for various conditions,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Pharmacists can provide a critical service and drastically improve health outcomes if they are able to evaluate the entire prescription drug regimen, avoid adverse reactions, and make other recommendations.”
Inappropriate use of medications contributes to more than 1.5 million preventable, medication-related adverse events each year and accounts for $177 billion in excess health care expenses. Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services provided by specially-trained pharmacists through the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s P3 Program have been shown to improve health outcomes and lower health care costs by reducing the number of hospital and emergency room visits for participants, with savings ranging from $495 to $3,281 per participant. A 2009 study on the economic impact of MTM provided by the P3 Program reported a return on investment of $3.50 for every $1.00 spent.
The P3 Program™, a collaboration between the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, the Maryland Pharmacists Association, the Maryland General Assembly, and the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services, offers a unique model of care that provides step-by-step guidance in medication adherence, lifestyle changes, and self-care skills for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“We were pleased to partner with Congressman Sarbanes on this initiative to provide free medication reviews to seniors through the School of Pharmacy’s P3 Program,” says Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and director of the P3 Program. “The goal of the P3 Program is to improve patient health and reduce health care costs, and this event was a wonderful opportunity to bring these services to seniors in Montgomery County.”
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