Dear Hospital Discharge Team:

As health care providers, we do our best to counsel patients about their medications before they leave the hospital.  Along with our informative medication education, we also provide a plethora of printed Patient Medication Information (PMI) for the patient to review in the comfort of their living room after they get home. 

AudibleRx provides an alternative to the written pharmacy handouts.  Many people learn better by listening.  Visual impairment or literacy issues may limit an individual’s ability to read or comprehend the written PMI they received from the pharmacy.  

As stated in the State Operations manual from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “The education and training provided to the patient or the patient’s caregiver by the hospital must be tailored to the patient’s identified needs related to medications.

When a hospital promotes access to AudibleRx digital/audio PMI, as a patient medication education tool, they are providing their clients with a valuable resource.  Each medication specific counseling session lasts 6-8 minutes and follows a template based upon the OBRA 90 counseling requirements as well as the ASHP Guidelines on pharmacist based patient education. 

After a patient or a caregiver listens to a digital/audio PMI session, they will have a clear idea of what they do and don’t know about their medication and be in a much better position to take educated questions back to their own pharmacist or doctor. 

AudibleRx is free for individual users; however, a licensing agreement is necessary in order for a hospital or other health care provider to offer AudibleRx as a medication education tool to its clients.  We would like to offer a FREE six month trial so you may see the value in this service.

Please visit our site, watch the 1 minute video, listen to a couple medication counseling sessions, then click on the Provider Page and sign the online licensing agreement.

AudibleRx currently has 260+ sessions available, including over 98% of the top 200 prescribed medications.  This service is available in a web platform, android app, iTunes app and HTML5 web app; all free for the individual user with no downloading necessary.

www.AudibleRx.com

Sincerely,
Steve Leuck, Pharm.D.
Owner/President
AudibleRx

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Gout Treatment Options

"No anatomist ever discovered a system of organization, calculated to produce pain and disease; or, in explaining the parts of the human body, ever said, this is to irritate; this is to inflame; this duct is to convey the gravel to the kidneys; this gland to secrete the humour which forms the gout: if by chance he come at a part of which he knows not the use, the most he can say is, that it is useless; no one ever suspects that it is put there to incommode, to annoy, or torment."

— William Paley
The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (1785), Vol. 1, 79.


Uric acid is a waste product that accumulates in the body when either the uric acid production increases, or, more often, the kidneys are not able to remove the uric acid from the body fast enough.  Excess uric acid may deposit, in the form of tiny sharp crystals, in a single joint, which may cause an intense episode of painful swelling.  Over time, chronic increased uric acid levels may lead to deposits of these crystals in and around many joints in the body and even in the kidneys.  This process may lead to bouts of painful gout attacks, chronic arthritis and multiple kidney stones.

Presently, we have two different types of medications used to treat patients with gout.  The first medication works to help relieve the pain of an acute attack by blocking a portion of the inflammatory process, thereby relieving the pain.  The second category of medications reduce the production of uric acid by inhibiting the biochemical reactions immediately preceding its formation.

To learn more about the medications used to treat gout, please visit the medication counseling page of AudibleRx and listen to the Patient Medication Information about these medications.


Gout meds medication counseling page.


Thanks
Steve


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Erectile Dysfunction; Disease State or Communication Disorder

When discussions of Erectile Dysfunction come up (no pun intended), we all have a general idea of what this means.  For one reason or another, such as medications, injury, age or perhaps something else, a gentleman is unable to achieve or maintain an erection.  Fortunately, for those who suffer from this disease state, this topic has made it into the normalcy of everyday life, accompanied with various medication treatment options. 


Here's the twist, some folks have a little easier time discussing the issue than others.  I recently had the opportunity to have this discussion with two different men at different times on the same day.  Two completely different stories with exceptionally different levels of communication.  One of the men achieves excellent results with ED medication treatment while the other has absolutely no result at all. 

The first gentleman, in his early 50's, comes into the store and asks if his prescription is ready.  This is not one of our regular customers; we haven't seen him in over two years.  We have a short discussion and realize that the physician has not called the prescription in, or perhaps sent it electronically to his regular pharmacy.  I offer to call the doctor or his other pharmacy; however, he quickly says no, that he will go to the doctor and have them write another prescription.

He returns about 30 minutes later with a prescription for a large quantity of a particular erectile dysfunction medication.  He asks us to not bill his insurance, but rather just fill the prescription for cash.  After the prescription has been entered into the computer and a label has printed, I see that the price is quite large so I decide I better have a short discussion with him before I actually fill the prescription.

The store is quiet so I step out to the front and have a seat in the waiting room next to the patient.  I show him the price on the receipt and without blinking an eye he asks me to go ahead and fill it.  He then continues, quietly, that he normally uses this other pharmacy; however, he doesn't anyone to know that he is taking this type of medication.  Once every couple years he takes a drive across town to use our pharmacy to purchase a stock supply.

Here's where the story gets interesting; he then quietly goes on to explain to me that if his wife knew he needed to use this type of medication she would think that he is no longer attracted to her.  I felt like this was an opening line for a therapy session; however, he wasn't asking for my input on this matter, he was just confidentially explain to me why he was willing to pay the price for the pills.

Later in the day, I stepped over to the counseling area to have a discussion with an 82 year old gentleman who has prostate cancer.  He has been on a testosterone blocker, along with blood pressure medication, and after a short discussion, he asks me if there are any new treatments for, you know, the bed room.  After a few questions and answers we come to the conclusion that he has tried samples of all the available oral medication alternatives.  For him, they are not effective at helping to achieve or maintain an erection.

Interestingly enough, he then pulls out a picture of his elderly wife and describes to me how pretty she is.  He goes on to tell me that they are still able to have a wonderful time in the bed room and that they have come up with other ways of…you know. 

So, is this a blog about erectile dysfunction, communication, marriage, secrets, trust, or alternative ways of being present for your partner?  I think the real questions lies in whether you believe erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve an erection or the inability to talk about it with your partner.

To listen to the Medication Specific Counseling Sessions on the medications used to treat Erectile Dysfunction, please visit this page.

Thanks
Steve


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Collaborative Marketing Opportunity


“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”

~James Cash Penney~

 
AudibleRx is seeking “like-minded” entrepreneurs and businesses with the common goal of increasing Health Literacy by decreasing the Medication-Education-Gap between patients and their health care providers. 

On our own, it may be difficult to gain the full exposure we are looking for.  Through joint collaboration, we may increase not only our visibility but also our opportunity to provide our services to an ever increasing audience.   

AudibleRx offers two levels of collaborative marketing on its website. 

Option One:  Licensee

As a Health Care Provider, consider offering digital/audio Patient Medication Information (PMI) to your patients/clients.  Many individuals learn better by listening.  After signing a six month free licensing agreement you may use AudibleRx as your own patient educationa tool.  You may promote AudibleRx on your website, social media posts, email, patient hand outs, or any other way that you communicate with your patient/client population. 

AudibleRx will post your logo (200 mp) on our Partner page with a link back to your site.  We will include your slogan and twitter handle in the hover text.

Option Two:  Partner Page

We will post your logo (200 mp) on our Partner page with a link back to your site, including your slogan and twitter handle in the hover text.  In exchange, you will post AudibleRx’s logo on your website with our slogan and twitter handle in the hover text.

Please do not hesitate to Contact Us with any questions.

Thanks
Steve

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