Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is what BetterMyMeds is all about. Though many people can benefit from MTM, most have never even heard the term. I'll use this inaugural post to explain what MTM is, and how it improves health (and decreases healthcare costs!).
Let’s start by defining Medication Therapy as "the use of medications to treat or prevent diseases". And it’s not just prescription medications that are important. Nonprescription medications, vitamins, and dietary supplements each can play a part in treating and preventing disease. An individual who takes medications in any of these four categories is using Medication Therapy.
Medication Therapy Management (MTM), then, is an ongoing process to ensure that medications are prescribed wisely, used correctly, and sometimes de-prescribed (discontinued) wisely. MTM is a patient-centered health-care service focused on helping people get the most benefit from their medication therapy. MTM empowers people to take charge of their own medication use by helping them understand:
- How prescription medicines work
- How and when medicines should be taken
- How incorrect use of medications can result in poorer health
- How age changes the way medicines work, or the risk of side effects
- How vitamins and supplements may add or detract from the effects of medications
- What side effects or problems to watch for.
Who provides MTM services? Pharmacists, of course! Pharmacists have extensive training in the correct use of medications and are looked to by prescribers and other health-care professionals for guidance on medications use. Pharmacists are in the best position to ensure that you get the most benefit from your medications.
MTM can help you use your medications to their best effect, use only the medications you will benefit from, avoid problems related to medications, stay healthier, and save overall on your health care costs. Let BetterMyMeds help you get the most out of your medicines!