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Published on July 31, 2014

Clinic Helps People Get the Most from their Medications

 AlaMAP is now called the Medication Management Clinic.

Garry Chavis has diabetes and high-blood pressure. The Graham resident had a heart attack two years ago. He made frequent trips to the Alamance Regional Medical Center Emergency Department and spent occasional nights in the hospital. Then he found AlaMAP—the Alamance Medication Assistance Program, now known as the hospital’s Medication Management Clinic. It does more than make sure Chavis and others get the medications they need. “I think the new name is far more indicative of the services we provide,” says Medication Management Clinic Director Detra Morton. “While we still help people with prescriptions, the Medication Management Clinic is more about getting the most out of the prescriptions you already take.”

Chavis knows this first hand. The 30-year veteran taxi driver just couldn’t find time to take his insulin three times a day.  A staff pharmacist and his doctor were able to come up with a plan that better works with his schedule on the road. “Everyone here has been professional, courteous and caring,” says Chavis.

More than 80 percent of the clinic’s patients have chronic conditions and take at least five prescriptions. “People have a hard time keeping up with the medicines they are taking. Do you take this one on a full or an empty stomach? Before bedtime or after? It can get confusing,” says Morton.

A stop to the Medication Management Clinic at 1624 Memorial Dr., Burlington often begins with a consultation with a pharmacist called a medication therapy management visit. The pharmacist looks over prescribed and over-the-counter medications as well as vitamins and supplements. The free service ends with recommendations and a chance to ask questions about the medications.

“Properly knowing how and when to take a medication can play a huge role in how well the medication works,” adds Morton. The Medication Management Clinic still helps clients enroll in drug manufacturers’ patient assistance programs and has a generic formulary available.

The Medication Management Clinic is open to:

  • Residents of Alamance County.
  • People living in surrounding counties who are seeing an Alamance County physician.
  • People who are currently uninsured, and live at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
  • People who are 18 years of age or older.

Morton says the clinic’s clients are less likely to need emergency room and hospital care, and more likely to reach their healthcare goals. Chavis can attest to that too. He has also learned about nutrition and has even lost weight. “The staff is outstanding,” says Chavis.

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