How to better manage diabetes? Include a Pharmacist in your care team.

Diabetes affects approximately every 1 in 11 people in the United States. As a very difficult condition to manage, it’s important for these patients to receive coordinated and personalized care. Here’s an example of how a Tria clinical pharmacist identified an issue with a patient’s medications that saved him and the plan more than an annual estimated $23,000.

Identified Issue:
A Tria patient with diabetes was having difficulty affording his medications, and as a result he was non-compliant with his insulin therapy.  He was prescribed a brand name medication for his chronic pain that cost him more than $100 dollars per month.  Due to the cost of his pain medications, the was not taking his insulin as prescribed and his HgA1C was over 10%.

Tria Solution:
Tria Pharmacist recommended generic alternatives for his pain and a lower costing alternative for his insulin therapy.  The patient’s physicians agreed with the changes, and the patient started using his insulin as prescribed and his pain was well controlled.

The Result?
After three months of adherence with his insulin regimen, his HgA1C improved from 10.8% to 7.7%…a healthy and compliant patient!

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