Magazine article Drug Topics

OBRA '90 Making Difference in Patient Counseling

Magazine article Drug Topics

OBRA '90 Making Difference in Patient Counseling

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Since the OBRA '90 mandate for pharmacists to offer prescription drug counseling to Medicaid patients became effective, the amount of drug information given to all patients has risen.

That was the finding of a collaborative study conducted by both the Health Care Financing Administration and the Food & Drug Administration, said Kathleen Gondek, social science research analyst, Office of Research & Demonstrations, HCFA, Baltimore. The study's results will be published "soon," she added.

A national survey of 1,000 patients was conducted in 1994, she told Drug Topics. Each patient surveyed had received at least one new outpatient prescription drug within the previous month. Gondek contrasted the findings with the results of a similar survey conducted in 1982, as follows:

* In 1994, 61% of the patients said they received a written communication from a pharmacist telling them how often they should take their medication. And 59% said they were given a written communication by a pharmacist regarding how much of the medication to take. Of those who received written material, 82% said they received some sort of instruction sheet regarding how much medication to use. …

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