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The Effect of Medication Reviews in a Rural Community Pharmacy Assistance Program:
The Cenla Medication Access Program

INDIVIDUALS AGED 65 YEARS AND OLDER account for a little more than 12% of the US population, yet they consume nearly 25% to 35% of prescription medications. Major problems facing the elderly population and all individuals on prescription medications are noncompliance with theirmedication regimens and adverse drug reactions.3-5As a group, the elderly population experiences more adverse drug reactions than any other age group. On average, elderly persons in the United States are on 5 medications, and their risk for a drug-drug interaction can be as high as 50%. As many as a quarter of all hospital admissions in elderly persons are drug related.

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Quality of Life Research
Use of the SF-8 to assess health-related quality of life for a chronically ill, low-income population participating in the Central Louisiana Medication Access Program (CMAP) Access to affordable medications is a major problem facing the millions of uninsured in the United States. This is especially true for individuals living in poor rural areas, such as the central part of Louisiana where at least 40% of the population has no prescription benefits [G. Becker, unpublished observation]. To help alleviate this need, the Central Louisiana Medication Access Program (CMAP) was created by The Rapides Foundation in Alexandria, LA to provide prescription medications for low income individuals with chronic illnesses.

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Outpatient medication assistance program in a rural setting
Prescription drug expenditures in the United States increased by 16.4% during 2001 compared with 2000. This is a major problem for Americans who lack health care insurance. In 2001 alone there were 2.5 million more Americans without health insurance, bringing the total to 41.2 million (14.6% of the population). In the South, the uninsured rate is almost 20%.

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