Dr. Vikram Gupta, offering family medicine in Northern New Jersey, says that NJ residents need to ensure that they are taking their medicine as prescribed.
Online PR News – 12-May-2016 – Clifton, NJ – “As a physician, one of my most important tasks is to ensure that my patients are taking the medications that they are prescribed,” says Dr. Vikram Gupta, MD, of GMed Healthcare, PC (www.gmedhealthcare.com), a Northern New Jersey medical practice that offers family medicine for adult and pediatric patients, as well as other medical services. “Failure to adherence to taking medications as described is a critical issue in the management of chronic disease.”
According to Dr. Gupta, there are a number of reasons why a patient may not be taking their medication as prescribed. These reasons may include the high cost of the medication, a breakdown in patient-physician communication, a lack of patient education, a lack of motivation, and something as simple as forgetfulness.
“Approximately 1.5 billion prescriptions, at a cost of more than $250 billion, are dispensed each year in the United States,” Dr. Gupta says, “and a large body of evidence supports the use of these medications for treatment.”
Dr. Gupta cites an example of patients with diabetes to note the importance of medications.
“When it comes to managing diabetes, correct medication use can lower blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol,” he says. “By so doing, the medication decreases morbidity and mortality.”
Dr. Gupta says that there are many factors that will determine whether or not a patient takes his or her medications. However, he notes that, in most cases, it is usually the result of not being properly engaged with the health care system.
“When patients do not take their medications correctly, there can be severe consequences,” explains Dr. Gupta. “Poor medication adherence can lead to poorer clinical outcomes, including increased hospitalizations.”
Having an open line of communication between the primary care doctor and the patient is the key to ensuring successful treatment, according to Dr. Gupta, who notes that there are a number of other ways that patients can manage their medicine and ensure that they are taking them as prescribed.
“Recently, a new set of apps for smartphones and tablets has emerged to help patients better manage their medications,” he explains. “These apps are designed to allow a patient to put in their medication schedule so that the app can provide reminders when it is time to take medications.”
However, in most cases, he says that the apps do so much more. The can also track adherence rates, he explains, so that patients can see how well they are doing in taking their medications and can encourage more effort in taking medications when necessary.
“While not perfect, these apps can be helpful in achieving the best outcomes for patients, by helping them to actually take the medications that are so carefully prescribed,” Dr. Gupta says. “At the end of the day though, nothing beats a good open line of communication between doctor and patient.”
Dr. Gupta is a family medicine physician caring for adult and pediatric patients in Northern New Jersey at his Clifton office (246 Clifton Ave Suite 4, Clifton, NJ 07011) and his Maywood office (255 W Spring Valley Ave., Suite 102, Maywood, NJ 07607), St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, Hackensack University Hospital, and various rehab centers in the area. Dr. Gupta, along with nurse practitioners, Rehana Rab and Vathveal Van, provides a continuity of care model in the hospital, in post-acute care, and in his New Jersey offices. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is a member of the Board of New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, the Ethics Committee and in Palliative Care Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and a member of numerous other professional organizations. For more information call 973-928-2715 or visit www.gmedhealthcare.com.