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Q. Exactly what do PillHelp® Pharmacists do?

A. Our pharmacists dedicate private time to address your medication needs, clarify confusing information, make sense of all that information about medication that bombards you every day. What side effects or cautions matter to you? Which ones do not? - Yeah, they do not all matter to you. Too many people are taking too many medications. That is hurting them and it is extremely costly. Our pharmacists have decided that it is important enough to create a consultation service that is designed to provide you with private time - to PROTECT you.

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Q. Why should I pay for the services of a consultant pharmacist?

A. Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on consulting services with a pharmacist patients save between $1.25 to $2. About 20% of patients experience life saving care and/or care which results in savings far in excess of the cost.
Each year consumers suffer from 8.8 million adverse drug reactions, costing $75 Billion. The Institutes of Medicine conservatively estimate the annual death toll to be 7,000. And, the IOM looked only at Medicare recipients! Too many consumers are over medicated. They are getting hurt and suffering. Unfortunately medications too frequently cause harm and create a lot of avoidable expenses.

Neither doctors or pharmacists have the enough time to devote themselves to reviewing and problem solving you rmedicications.

Medication problems are one of the most expensive causes of avoidable injuries to consumers. Consumers of all ages take medications from a wide variety of sources including foreign countries, physicians' samples, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbals. They are vulnerable to information from a huge number of sources. Many of those sources are unreliable and motivated by hidden agendas. PillHelp, Inc. is taking action. We are growing a national network of clinical pharmacists to provide complete medication management and information services to consumers and physicians.

PillHelp's patients are safer, feel better, save money, and improve their skills when handling medication.

Q. Why haven’t I heard of these services?

A. Pharmacist consultations for individual consumers are fairly new - but growing. There are hurdles that present challenges to pharmacists providing such care. 1. Time 2. Fees vs insurers 3. New Medicare MTM requirements create confusion while delivering very narrow results (focussed on insurer ROI) 4. Politics Desire is high due to pharmacists’ awareness of problem significance and the self-fulfillment realized. Standards took a long Tim veto develop with universal acceptance. Our pharmacists' practice protocols comply with national standards established by The American Pharmacists Association, The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and Medicare Part-D. the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American College of Apothecaries, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists the National Community Pharmacists Association American Society for  Medication Therapy Management

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Q. Is there a charge for private pharmacist consultations?

A. Yes. Insurance policies cover some types of medication management services through their headquarters. Those services focus on drug cost for the insurer, and select patients to qualify based on illness type, number of expensive illnesses to treat, and the number of medications that are being taken. The insurer decides who will qualify for services.
This is a highly specialized professional service. How medicines function in the body is complex. Hiring an expert in this area who can focus on you will significantly improve your quality of life. Our advice will very often save you more money than the services cost.
Payment is requested at the time of service. All major credit cards are accepted. There is never a charge until you approve it.
Since PillHelp, Inc. does not sell products. Our work for you is sincere and objective.

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Q. Why do I need a clinical pharmacist when I can call my drug store or insurance company's hot line?

A. Because comprehensive review of your medicines is extremely rare. The need for such care has never been greater due to the increase in the use of over-the-counter drugs, and fragmentation of healthcare services, modern marketing, the fact that people purchase too many medicines from too many places including getting mail-order and foreign pharmacies.
Your drug store pharmacist just doesn't have time to provide this kind of service because even though the cost of prescriptions has skyrocketed the markup for the pharmacy has shrunk. So to be profitable the filling of prescriptions has to be volume based. The pharmacy is no longer the best or only place to get the support you need as a consumer.
Pharmacy computers help but only review prescription medications, and only those that you fill at that pharmacy. You will experience superior care with an independant clinical pharmacist dedicated to you, overseeing all your medications from every source, and working with your physician.
It is time for consumers to take charge of their medicines for their own protection.

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Q. I'm a member of a medical team. What can a consultant pharmacist do for me?

A. We can provide polypharmacy assessments, regimen reviews, pharmacological opinions, compliance coaching and research specific to your needs. These services are economical for your patients, and improve outcomes. With a pharmacological consult associated with your team your risks are improved and your insurance rates may be reduced.
Outcomes are improved. Your patients are happier. Collaborative practices are growing in popularity. Objectives and protocols can be customized for any environment or need.

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Q. Do you bill insurance companies?

A. Not at this time. Insurance companies are paying for a “lite” version of these services. They focus on their drug costs, over-all cost of types of illnesses, and try to help you remember to take your medications correctly. They will provide the service only if you “qualify.” These are important functions, but they are not complete. At PillHelp, we help anyone and everyone with any issues - big, small or just have questions. Our care is provided in person. We believe in relationships. Of course, we comply with HIPAA privacy standards.
We do work with self-insured companies to provide services for the group. This model has proven to successful for the companies and appreciated by the employees.

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Q. What is myPillHelp?

A. myPillHelp is an inexpensive way to get a clinical pharmacist to review all your medicines - traditonal, over-the-counter, herbals, samples, etc., no matter where you get them. The assessment will be provided on-line. You will receive our assessment in a document called "PillHelp Works for Patients“ The information is specific to your situation. You and your doctor can use the document as talking points to optimize therapy, and to minimize risk and cost.
Each year consumers suffer from 8.8 million adverse drug reactions, costing $75 Billion. The Institutes of Medicine conservatively estimate the annual death toll to be 7,000. And, they only looked at Medicare recipients! Medication problems are one of the most expensive causes of avoidable injuries to consumers. Consumers of all ages take medications from a wide variety of sources including foreign countries, physicians' samples, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbals. They are vulnerable to information from a huge number of sources. Many of those sources are unreliable and motivated by hidden agendas.
We will help you to know which medication inforamtion is actually important to you. You don't need to worry about or try to figure out everything yourself?

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PillHelp, Inc. is taking action. We are growing a national network of clinical pharmacists to provide complete medication management and information services to consumers and physicians.

PillHelp's patients have fewer medication issues, feel better, save money, and develop more effective handling medication.

Seminars are available to meet your particular needs.

We are worried about the growing risks to which today's consumers are being exposed. We think that it is critical that you have access to our care.

If your question is not answered here, please contact us .