AudibleRx Bullet Points



  • AudibleRx provides audible Consumer Medication Information (CMI).
  • AudibleRx was developed to bridge the Medication-Education-Gap that exists between Patients/Caregivers and their Health Care Providers.
  • After listening to a CMI session, a patient or caregiver will have a clear idea of what they do and don't know about their medication and be in a better position to take educated questions back to their own health care providers.
  • The AudibleRx website complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information on the internet.
  • AudibleRx is not affiliated with any drug manufacturer and offers no advertising.  Every effort is made to keep the recordings provide by AudibleRx completely objective and unbiased.
  • Access to AudibleRx is free to the consumer; however, licensing agreements are necessary in order for Health Care Providers to promote AudibleRx as a patient education tool.
  • AudibleRx is available as a Web platform, Android app, iPhone app and HTML5 web app.
  • AudibleRx does not replace the face-to-face counseling session with a pharmacist; rather, it provides an alternative to the written Consumer Medication Information for home education and follow up.
  • Consumer Medication Information sessions are categorized by therapeutic category and also alphabetically by generic and trade names on the web based platform.
  • Counseling information is organized in a fashion that is in concert with the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1990, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists guidelines on pharmacist-conducted patient education and counseling, and the FDA guidelines on Useful Written Consumer Medication Information.  
    • Scientifically accurate.  
    • Unbiased in content and tone. 
    • Sufficiently specific and comprehensive 
    • Presented in an understandable format that is readily comprehensible to consumers. 
    • Timely and up-to-date.  
    • Useful.
  •  AudibleRx is currently licensed for use with one Independent Pharmacy and two MTM Organizations.  Here is a three month review from the two MTM groups.


"My client base is comprised mostly of socially and economically disadvantaged people aged 65 years of age and older. vision impairment and poor literacy are common. your shareable audio monographs on my android phone are a perfect answer.   An unexpected benefit: using these monographs disciplines me to be brief and concise during home visits. we consultant pharmacists always run the risk of 'wearing out a welcome' with boring levels of output. plus, the information provided is now nicely consistent... standardized from one consultant to the next."




"This has worked well with my current client base and with my future health and wellness utilization in the employer/employee benefits arena as it applies to the PP-ACA in preventative illness and health and wellness initiative along with medication adherence as a wellness benefit for employees in the workplace."


  • Whether it be someone who is challenged with literacy, visual impairment, or just one of the many individuals that learn better by listening, everyone deserve access to Consumer Medication Information.
  • Make a commitment to provide Accessible Medication Education to your customers, clients and patients; information tailored to meet the needs of those that learn better by listening.
  • Please visit www.AudibleRx.com, watch the short video, listen to a couple sessions, evaluate the Provider, Partner and Sources pages, and let us know how we may work together.




Steve Leuck, Pharm.D.,     Owner/President,     AudibleRx,      AudibleRx@gmail.com,     
831-247-7231


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Medication Warning - Please Read

As a consumer, are you aware of the most critical warnings about your medication?  As a health care practitioner, do you always take the time to describe ALL of the Black Box Warnings associated with each and every medication you prescribe or dispense to your patients?

AudibleRx provides an "easy to understand" description of every Black Box Warning associated with each particular medication.  These descriptive warnings are near the beginning of each audible Consumer Medication Information session.

As a consumer, if you are unsure if your prescription medication has any Black Box Warnings associated with it, call your pharmacist today and ask them.  Alternatively, you may visit www.AudibleRx.com and navigate to your medication.  Click on the play button and LISTEN to all of the important counseling information about your particular medication, including the Black Box Warning information.

As a health care practitioner you may provide AudibleRx as a patient education tool to your patients simply by visiting the Provider Page at AudibleRx and signing a licensing agreement.  You may provide the service FREE for six months in order to realize its value.

After listening you will have a clear idea of what you do and don't know about your medication and be in a clear position to take educated questions back to your own health care provider. Remember, AudibleRx does not replace the important face-to-face consultation with your own pharmacist, rather, it is an alternative to the paper handouts you receive at the pharmacy counter.


What is a Black Box Warning?

This is a warning system used by the Food and Drug Administration to alert describers, pharmacists and patents that this particular medication has potentially dangerous side effects.

The Black Box Warning is the highest level of warning the FDA can give to a medication.  When a medication receives a Black Box Waring it means that studies have suggested that this particular medication has potential severe or even lethal side effects.

A Black Box Warning might be added to a product by the FDA after it has been used for a series of years and through routine use it was discovered that the particular medication had serious side effects that were previously unknown.  The FDA may also require a Back Box Warning on a new medication that has potentially significant benefits while also potentially serious side effects.

The term "black box" is referring to the thick black line that borders the warning information in the medication package literature.

If you receive a medication from your pharmacy that has a Black Box Warning you will also receive a Medication Guide that discusses the warning and what it means.  Ask your pharmacist to explain the warning information and any risk vs benefits associated with this medication  If the information is not explained clearly, please ask them to repeat the information to you so you may understand it.

After discussing this with your pharmacist, don't hesitate to call your doctor and discuss the risk vs benefit with them also

It is important that you understand why you are taking your medication so that you will be motivated to follow your regimen and achieve the best possible outcome from your pharmaceutical therapy.

Thanks
Steve

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"Part I" Out-Patient Pharmacist / In-Patient Rounds

In 1990 my wife and lived in an old country home on an acre of property in a small town just south of the Oregon border.  We had a well, abundant water, flat ground and at the time it seemed like a good idea to install a sprinkler system that covered the entire property so we may develop a lush and beautiful lawn.   For four weeks, after work and on weekends, I was out in the yard shoveling a strategic campaign of trenches, all 18 inches deep.  (Being a pharmacist and not a trencher I didn't realize that I could have rented a nice machine that would have done the entire job in one day.)


One afternoon, after about 3 weeks of shoveling, my Dad stopped by to check on the trenching progress.  I will never forget his words of wisdom, "Steven, if you continue to work on a project, eventually it will come to pass".  Over 24 years have passed since he spoke those words to me; however, whenever I am in the middle of a project and feel as if it is never going to reach the next level, I remember that if I just keep shoveling, it will eventually come to pass.


Just over two years ago I read an article written by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists that described how pharmacists can be an important component of a hospitals Accountable Care Organization.  Of course, the article described all of the ways pharmacists can play a significant role as part of the patients Care Team; however, what stood out for me was something completely different. 


One paragraph of this particular article went on to explain that the hospital administrators are not going to come looking for you (the pharmacist).  It is the responsibility of the pharmacist to explain, convince and define their role to the hospital administrative team.  This is new territory.  Pharmacists have worked in an objective world of medication orders, line items, order verification and clinical interventions for years; however, it has not been common place to describe and measure the subjective value of a pharmacist. 


How does the pharmacist move to the subjective world where it is common place to offer a bedside medication education consult prior to discharge.  What factors will a pharmacist use to explain and describe to their administrator that  there is value in educating patients about Health Literacy so a patient is able to describe their diagnosis, understand what medications they are taking to treat their diagnosis and importantly, what the consequences are if they don't treat their diagnosis.  Furthermore, the pharmacist will need to convince their administrator that there is value in educating patients about Medication Adherence and helping patients understand what their specific barriers to adherence are so they may be addressed. 


I work in an out-patient pharmacy for a community hospital and the pharmacist that I work with supported us in the process of pursuing this very initiative.  Together, we formulated idea after idea and presented them to our inpatient pharmacy administrator.  It didn't take long and we were invited to sit in as regular members of the bi-weekly readmission committee.  After many months of committee meetings, multiple drafts, training, education and staffing resolutions we are ready to implement a six week trial program.


Beginning tomorrow, one of the pharmacists from our out-patient pharmacy will be available as a discharge medication education resource inside the hospital for 3.5 hours every morning. 


As stated in our policy developed for this trial program:


Pharmacist involvement in the Hospital Readmission Campaign includes:


  • Attend rounds Monday-Friday as an outpatient-discharge-pharmacy resource.  Our primary focus will be looking for patients on new medications that may be difficult to fill when discharged.  We may help coordinate authorizations and discharge insurance formulary alternatives when appropriate.
  • Accept referrals for 20 minute Bedside Medication Therapy Management Consults with patients.  These consults focus specifically on eight education points that fall under the category of Health Literacy and Adherence.
  • Offer a discharge prescription service for patients which will include a 3 and 21 day follow up phone call from the pharmacist.
  • Document all pharmacist/patient activities in the patients EHR so the information may be tracked for value.
This is a big deal for us in the out-patient pharmacy world.  After many months of discussion, the hospital is willing to let us sit in on patient rounds as a discharge medication resource and visit specific patients at their bedside to help with Health Literacy and Adherence education.  Time will tell; however, I feel that if we put as much effort in to the next six weeks as we have into the last 18 months I am sure we will see value in our efforts.


Just keep shoveling!

Thanks
Steve


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Pharmacy Goes Sailing

I realize this isn't much in the lines of medication education; however, it is definitely a pharmacy topic.  Earlier this past Summer one of the pharmacists I work with opened his boat up to the pharmacists, technicians and their families for an evening on the bay.  It was foggy, not much wind; however, it was a fantastic evening!








Please, feel free to add some caption suggestions below in the comment field.  I will then add them to the pictures!


Thanks
Steve
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