Emily Whitten
Closing the Gap: Ensuring Access to High Cost Medications for Cardiovascular Patients

SchoolHoly Name High School


ProgramPharmacy


MentorSabrina Spikes


DepartmentPharmacy


Research
Closing the Gap: Ensuring Access to High Cost Medications for Cardiovascular Patients
Hypothesis
If the Pharmacy Department partners with the Social Work Department to utilize Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs (PPAP) for cardiovascular patients using a resource handout for effective PPAP education, it will reduce the amount spent from funding.
Methodology
Social Work spreadsheets from January 2009 to June 2009 were reviewed to find cardiovascular medications that were paid for through Cleveland Clinic funding. Various patient assistance resources were examined to see which medications could have been paid for through PPAP. A resource handout was created for the Social Work staff and a survey was created for them concerning the helpfulness of the handout. Data were compiled into charts and graphs to see the effectiveness of the education and to examine the amount that could have been saved.
Outcomes
The amount of cardiovascular medications funded during the two-week period after the distribution of the resource handout showed a significant decrease in the amount spent. Amlodipine, Atorvastatin, Clopidogrel, Metoprolol and Naproxen were the only medications that were funded during the post two-week period. The results of the survey that was given to the Social Work staff concerning the resource handout showed that it was a great tool. There is a need for effective PPAP education at allmedical institutions.

Interpretations

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