CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consumers who take multiple medications for chronic conditions now have a quick and simple way to find out if the drugs they are taking are collectively doing them more harm than good.
ScopiaRx software mines thousands of Federal Drug Administration reports and applies findings to a patient’s personal medical history. The result is a report tailored specifically to the patient -- including a concise list of symptoms for the most likely side effects, information about severe interactions and alerts for duplicate prescriptions.
ScopiaRx Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Huth, M.D., said the technology helps patients establish an easy-to-use, secure account that is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)-compliant. They can create reports for their own use or pass along information to their health-care provider.
“This technology gives the power to the patient in terms of sharing information about the drugs they take and the potential side-effects that can occur when patients take multiple medications,” said Huth, who also holds a doctorate in pharmacology. “While this is not a substitute for seeing your health care provider, having access to this information helps you engage your doctor about how you feel, and determine how to manage your health.”
Multiple drug prescriptions on the rise
Data support Huth’s assertion, which makes ScopiaRx an important tool. Consider:
- In the United States, 30 million people take five to 25 medications daily.
- Eight million patients age 65 and older take five to nine medications, and 3.6 million take more than 10 medications.
- Of the $25 billion spent on readmission to hospitals, up to two-thirds of those re-admissions are related to either a side-effect of or poor adherence to medication being taken by the patient.
“Ten percent of the U.S. population takes five or more prescription drugs, and this causes interactions that can be harmful,” Huth said. “Our goal is to provide a simple and easy way for patients to determine if there is a health risk in taking multiple medications and act to quickly to fix the problem.”
For caregivers who are managing prescription medications for their loved ones, ScopiaRx represents peace of mind. Patients newly discharged from hospital care, often with new prescription medications, can be especially vulnerable and often lack a way to coordinate multiple medications and predict harmful side effects.
“Caregivers face intense responsibilities when watching over a loved one. ScopiaRx is an invaluable tool to relieve stress, help them be more productive at work, and take better care of themselves,” said Arlene de Silva an internationally known expert and author on aging and founder of the Southwest Ohio Caregiver Coalition.
Hope for families
Huth said he was inspired to create ScopiaRx after the effects of undiagnosed drug interactions made his late grandmother sicker. When Huth’s grandmother was 88, she was taking more than a dozen medications and was constantly lethargic. It was discovered that the lethargy was a side effect of three different medications.
In a short period of time, Huth said his grandmother was active again, “playing 32 Bingo cards at one time.”
“I've talked to physicians who have brought people out of hospice by fixing the medications and getting rid of unnecessary prescriptions,” Huth said. “ScopiaRx helps physicians, pharmacists and patients do this because it shines a light on how many little problems add up to a big problem.”
For more information about ScopiaRx, please go to ScopiaRx.com.
ScopiaRx is a software tool that delivers comprehensive drug safety information to improve the health of patients who take multiple medications for chronic conditions.