A “Spoonful Of Information” Helps Employees’ Medicine Go Down

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A new Hope Health brochure helps employees learn how to use prescription drugs wisely, controls drug costs.

Hope Health – a Kalamazoo, Mich.-based health communication publisher – has the right remedy to help employees make healthy lifestyle choices that might lower the need for prescription drugs and, when drugs are necessary, help them manage their medicine wisely. It’s a new brochure, titled “Are You Taking Hills of Pills . . . What You Need to Know About Prescription Drugs” -- although it could easily be re-titled “A Spoonful of Information Helps Your Prescription Drug Costs Go Down.”

Only about half of employees actually take medication their doctors prescribe at all. Many don’t take medication as prescribed and risk complicating their medical conditions. The result? Higher health care costs, including prescriptions.

Overall, illnesses not properly treated with prescription medication are estimated to cost business more than $100 billion per year in hospital costs, time off work, more doctor visits and more expensive and more potent drugs. The human cost is measured in terms of increased illness and complications. Conditions such as asthma, depression and diabetes, if properly managed, can lead to higher productivity and less absenteeism.

The easy-to-read, three-panel brochure helps employees take medications, if needed, as prescribed by addressing their common excuses:

  • I never filled the prescription.
  • I took the wrong dose. I’m not sure how to take it.
  • I forgot.
  • The doctor told me to take the medicine, but I really don’t want to.
  • I’m feeling just fine. I didn’t think I needed it anymore.

The brochure helps employees identify why they aren’t taking medication as prescribed, and overcome their concerns about cost and fear of side effects. It includes a seven-point checklist for employees to review their current medications.

Employers can order from Hope Health, online at http://www.HopeHealth.com or by phone at (800) 334-4094. Bulk quantity discounts start with orders for 100 or more.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

Contact:

Wendy Haan

Hope Health

(800) 334-4094

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