Pharmacist program can improve IFN-beta adherence in MS

Pharmacist program can improve IFN-β adherence in MS

(HealthDay)—A pharmacist medication adherence program can improve adherence to interferon-beta (IFN-β) among patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), according to a letter to the editor published online May 2 in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

Wing Loong Cheong, M.Pharm., M.B.A., from Monash University in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, describes a pharmacist medication program for patients with RRMS using INF-β, established in order to improve to treatment and provide education on RRMS and INF-β. Patients with RRMS newly prescribed IFN-β therapy were enrolled, and received three scheduled monthly appointments with pharmacists, at which, health education was provided. Pharmacists conducted assessments of adherence to IFN-β, , and symptoms and disability experienced at the initial enrollment and during each visit. Twenty-seven patients were enrolled into the 26-month program.

Cheong noted that only one patient was non-adherent. There was an increase in patient knowledge scores, from a mean baseline score of 20.14 to 31.67 (P < 0.05) by the end of the third appointment.

"We are encouraged by the high degree of patient adherence to treatment observed in this program and the improvements observed in the ' knowledge of RRMS and INF-β," Cheong writes. "We look forward to conducting future studies using controlled groups to establish the effect of such a program on patient treatment adherence and to establish the link between patient knowledge and treatment adherence."


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