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Multitasking Their Lives: How to Support and Educate Patients Who Are Managing Multiple Diseases

Pharma marketers spend much time and effort developing and improving ways to support patients in their specific disease areas. This is important work. An estimated 150 million people are living with at least one chronic condition in 2015, and by 2030 the number is estimated to grow to 171 million.[1] However, this effort does not […]

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Why Pharma Patient Adherence Programs Fail

In last month’s edition of the DTC Perspectives’ DTC in Focus newsletter, we discussed patient engagement and provided prescriptive thoughts on maintaining and even increasing patient commitment. This month, we take that thought one-step further (as well as, adhere to this month’s theme) and focus on patient adherence. The discussion includes whether the emphasis of […]

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Get Hooked – Making Engagement a Habit

We know that the formation of healthy lifestyle habits is critical to overall health. However, adherence to exercise programs, medication regimens, or dietary changes can be challenging. So how do we help patients develop habits to improve their overall health? Habits are defined actions employed without conscious thought.1 Habit forming potential of any behavior is […]

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Adherence and the Authentic Truth

After a patient initiates treatment, the real selling-process begins. More than ever, patients are approaching Rx-trialing with a heavy dose of skepticism. It’s understandable. Oftentimes, long-term treatment is thrust upon patients without time to get comfortable. And sometimes, those patients have healthy fears over side effects. On the other side of the coin, many patients […]

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Adherence: It Takes a Village

How do we keep patients adherent? It’s the billion-dollar question in the healthcare industry. And the truth of the matter is there isn’t one simple answer. In the past year alone, nearly 75% of adults age 40 and older with a chronic condition admit to not adhering to their prescription medication treatment. As healthcare marketers, […]

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Does the Rise of Payer Power Mean the End of Patient Empowerment?

At a recent pharmaceutical marketing conference in New York, speakers and attendees were focused on – and visibly concerned about – a massive sea change happening in healthcare. The concern went well beyond “the best way to implement wearables into pharma programs,” or “how pharma can get involved in social media.” This wasn’t about shiny […]

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Digital Health and Pharma: Leveraging Healthcare Delivery Models to Engage Patients in New Ways

In such a strongly regulated industry where it is most important to avoid a downslide, pharma is falling behind in digital health. Risk taking and innovation suggests being open-minded for failure. As Robert F. Kennedy said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” The path to success is filled with risk […]

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