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UB, Univera work on grant to help people take their meds

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has received a $30,000 grant from Univera Healthcare to support “A Collaboration to Improve Medication Adherence and Health Outcomes Among High-Priority Patients in Western New York.”

The pilot program aims to evaluate new community pharmacy-based solutions to overcome common barriers to medication adherence.

Surveys show that up to 20 percent of people who receive a new prescription never take the medication. And half of those with chronic conditions stop taking their medications within six months.

The three-year pilot program will partner with Mobile Pharmacy Solutions, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, to provide personalized adherence services for up to 200 patients with Univera health insurance. If successful, the result will be a model that helps patients improve their health, helps health insurers to meet important quality standards, and helps community pharmacies get reimbursed for adherence interventions. The grant program aims to improve the health of Western New Yorkers, particularly underserved populations.


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