SOURCE: Aprexis Health Solutions

Aprexis Health Solutions

September 12, 2011 09:00 ET

Aprexis Launches First Clinically-Focused Medication Adherence Solution for Pharmacists

Expands Pharmacists' Role in Healthcare System With Complete Medication Therapy Management to Better Manage a Patient's Relationship to Medication

BURLINGTON, VT--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2011) - Aprexis Health Solutions, the leader in patient medication adherence technology, today launched the Aprexis Platform, a clinically-focused, easy-to-use software solution for pharmacists and other healthcare providers to conduct and manage patient consultations for medication therapy management (MTM). With this new platform, Aprexis is changing the way pharmacists interact with patients, expanding their direct role in more easily providing value-added, billable clinical services to monitor drug therapy outcomes and improve the quality of medication counseling for better medication adherence to increase their patients' overall health.

Taking medication as directed may seem elementary for many patients, but non-adherence among people with chronic disease is a widespread problem. Only 50% of the millions of people with chronic diseases in the U.S. take their meds as prescribed longer than six months, according to the CDC. Medication non-adherence leads to preventable complications and permanent disabilities, costing the U.S. healthcare system $100 billion each year in unnecessary hospital charges and costs the economy $300 billion per year, including unnecessary hospital readmissions, extra provider visits and medical complications. Each year over 125,000 patients die as a result of failure to take medication properly, nearly as high as the number caused by stroke -- the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

"Medication adherence is a huge concern and cannot be solved by phone calls or postcard campaigns, which only address a patient's forgetfulness or inability to coordinate medication refills," said Brian Jensen, R.Ph., owner of The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. "To truly affect adherence, the patient's motivation issues must be uncovered and addressed. The Aprexis solution enables just that. I see this as the most advanced tool available for affecting medication non-adherence. It helps me deliver better care to my patient which in turn improves patient outcomes."

There are many reasons why patients do not take their medications including being unable to afford what was prescribed, not understanding their medication regimen or why their medication is important. The most effective MTM programs achieve the highest return when those services are delivered by a pharmacist, as opposed to a general healthcare professional or a call center employee and the new Aprexis solution allows the pharmacist to play a critical role in helping patients adhere to their medication.

The Aprexis Platform provides an intuitive, systematic and fully integrated approach with support resources and innovative tools for conducting and managing patient consultations to overcome barriers to properly taking medication. The easy-to-use web-based solution contains the clinical and behavioral modification techniques that allow the pharmacist to be guided to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of each patient consultation and build a trusted relationship with each patient, caregiver and family members. It drives pharmacists and healthcare providers to create an action plan for medication adherence and allows health plans to document a standard of care for payment and data evaluation.

Features of the product include:

  • Bi-lateral Patient Identification -- Patient data can be pre-populated through health records as well as from pharmacy data

  • Adherence Assessment -- Logical step by step process that guides pharmacists through an efficient and effective adherence consultation

  • Reporting Capabilities -- Documents delivery of Medication Action Plan for adherence and payment

"Our revolutionary, disruptive platform benefits pharmacies, health plans and healthcare providers. The impact upon their businesses is staggering," said Robert Squire, President and CEO of Aprexis Health Solutions. "Pharmacies are now able to tap into a new revenue source for their business and play a vital role in the ongoing health care needs of their customers. Health Plans are finally able to put some control in place around the costs associated with managing a member base battling chronic disease. And Providers are able to proactively manage the process of patient discharge and minimize the re-admittance rate in their patient population."

The Aprexis Platform is available immediately.

About Aprexis Health Solutions (
Aprexis Health Solutions is the premier company empowering pharmacist and provider led medication adherence. Our easy to use, web-based software revolutionizes delivery of personalized medication therapy management (MTM) and patient-centric clinical services while increasing revenues. What sets Aprexis apart is our keen focus on providing the tools needed to conduct and manage more consistent and effective high quality medication consultations so patients have better treatment outcomes and to reduce overall healthcare costs in our system. For more information please visit or

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