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NEUROLOGY PATIENTS WANT MORE PHARMACY INFORMATION AND SERVICES

 NEUROLOGY PATIENTS WANT MORE PHARMACY INFORMATION AND SERVICES
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- People living with neurological conditions have special needs for information and support services to help them comply with their prescription medication regimens, according to a new nationwide survey of people with Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. As many as 64 percent of those surveyed said their pharmacist did not provide them with sufficient information about drug usage, side effects and interactions with other medicines and/or food.
 Seeking to close the "communication gap" between patients and their pharmacists and physicians, the Food and Drug Administration recently called for better patient education to encourage patient compliance with prescribed medications. Neurology patients who were surveyed concur: 39 percent said they would be better able to follow their physician's instructions if they had more information about their medication and condition.
 "Maintaining open dialogue between patient, pharmacist and physician is crucial to the delivery of effective health care. It enables the patient to be in control of his or her well-being," said Richard Lukasko, director for San Francisco-based Athena (TM) Rx Home Pharmacy, a new national pharmacy service especially designed for neurology patients.
 Consumers Want Privacy in Purchasing Medications
 Lack of privacy is often a barrier to open communication between patient and pharmacist. Many with chronic neurological conditions, such as the more than 2 million people in the U.S. who suffer from epilepsy, may be reluctant to discuss their concerns in front of other drugstore customers. Thirty-nine percent of all respondents agreed they do not have enough privacy in the pharmacy to ask about their medications. Sixty-six percent said the opportunity to talk to their pharmacist in private would be valuable.
 Key Concerns: Convenience and Control
 The survey also shows convenience is a key concern among neurology patients. Because of the nature of their conditions, these patients need constant access to their medicine. Many take medication every day, and often for a lifetime -- making frequent trips to the pharmacy a necessary part of life. People with movement disorders who are disabled or denied a driver's license can't always get to their local pharmacy easily and must rely on family or friends to fill prescriptions. In fact, about one out of four surveyed said it is difficult to get to the pharmacy to refill their prescriptions, and 28 percent said they ran out of their medication at one time or another because they forgot to get a refill. According to 61 percent of survey respondents, a home delivery service would be very convenient for them.
 Missing a dose of medicine can have serious consequences for neurology patients, such as uncontrollable tremors, loss of balance, freezing spells and breakthrough seizures. Half of those surveyed said a refill prescription reminder would be valuable and would relieve them or their caregivers of the burden of keeping track of when to get a refill.
 In addition to having easy access to their medications, patients with neurological disorders need the pharmacist's assurance that they are getting the same product with each refill. Substituting a different branded or generic medication could, for example, trigger a breakthrough seizure in a patient with epilepsy because not all brands are therapeutically equivalent. Ninety percent of neurological patients surveyed value a pharmacist's guarantee not to switch their medication without first consulting them or their doctor.
 The Cost Factor
 Taking multiple medications is costly for neurology patients. Monthly expenses for prescription drugs can be high as $450, with an average of $75 per person, according to survey respondents. Yet, 29 percent said they pay for their medications with no financial assistance.
 Addressing Patient Concerns
 Recent public education campaigns by government and consumer advocacy groups set the trend for meeting these needs for all patients, but "innovative companies can also play an important role in supporting patient needs by providing more information, opening channels of communication and offering conveniences and other services to facilitate patient compliance," adds Lukasko.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Regarding Survey Sample -- a total of 150 epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis patients nationwide were interviewed by Pharmaceutical Marketing Services, Inc., for Athena Neurosciences, Inc. The sampling error is plus or minus 8.2 percent./
 /CONTACT: Lisa Dodge of Athena Neurosciences, 415-877-7672, or Debra Lesser of GTFH Public Relations, 212-886-3114, for Athena Neurosciences/
 (ATHN) CO: Athena Neurosciences Inc. ST: California IN: MTC SU: ECO


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