For Patients Who Self Inject, Training Devices Offer New Help

(DGIwire)—When Aniyah Jackson was 20 months old, her family learned she was born with Turner syndrome. Now age four, Aniyah has been receiving growth hormone shots, administered by her mother, once a day for about a year and a half. In a recent news segment aired on WKMG-TV, a CBS affiliate based in Orlando, Aniyah’s […]

Taking Aim at Medication Adherence With Technology

(DGIwire)—Non-adherence to medication is a serious issue. According to a recent article, the pharma industry forgoes approximately $250 billion every year in lost sales as a result. Consequently, specialty pharmaceutical companies are taking aim at the problem in various ways, including harnessing new technology. One patient support initiative involves the development of realistic trainers intended […]

Studying the Benefits of Training for Those Who Self-Inject

(DGIwire)—For patients living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s or other autoimmune diseases, one of the hardest parts of dealing with the condition may be the need to self-inject medication. While doctors and nurses try to put patients at ease by demonstrating self-injection techniques in the office, there are many factors that may affect patients’ comfort injecting, […]

3 Tips to Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Injections Easier

(DGIwire) – Anyone who uses injectable medication to treat their rheumatoid arthritis (RA) knows that injecting can be challenging at first. But there are strategies that can be used to help take the sting out of these injections. Here are a few tips: Ask a healthcare provider for a trainer. “Needle anxiety is a common […]

Getting Patients to Self-Administer Medication Correctly Is a Focus of Innovation

(DGIwire) – In the world of medicine, the level and variety of innovation today is truly unprecedented. As a recent article on PharmaVOICE.com noted, this is an era not only of gene and cancer immunotherapies but also therapeutics that are “digital” and “smart.” As the magazine explains, these aim to merge various smart devices with […]

Starting on a New Injectable Biologic? 3 Things to Know in Advance

(DGIwire) – Increasingly, people with a variety of chronic conditions—such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune diseases—may be prescribed a treatment requiring self-injection of a drug called a biologic. According to the National Institutes of Health, biologics are made from living organisms or their components and can be used to produce a wide range of […]

Living with Asthma or COPD? Easy-to-Use Inhalers are a Priority

(DGIwire) – People living with asthma or COPD are often prescribed medications delivered with a device called an inhaler as part of their treatment. Some of the most common types are called dry powder inhalers and pressurized metered dose inhalers. So what are the key features patients and doctors are looking for in these devices? […]

Prescribed a Self-Injection? Ask a Doctor These Questions

(DGIwire) – When prescribed a new medication that requires self-injection, it is likely that any patient would have a series of questions. The best person for them to ask is their healthcare practitioner, who can provide detailed answers that are specific to their particular condition and course of treatment. However, there are some general questions […]

Training Patients to Self-Inject: Moving the Needle Forward

(DGIwire) – When a patient is required to self-inject their medication, they may be apprehensive during the initial few months, known as the onboarding period. As recently reported in Healthcare Packaging, Noble International Inc.— a developer of patient-centric, advanced drug delivery system trainers custom-built for the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers—is taking […]

Overcoming a Fear of Needles: High-Tech Solutions Help

(DGIwire) – Annaleise was 10 years old in Australia when she first realized she was afraid of needles. As she grew older, her fear grew to the point where she avoided medical treatment altogether and fell years behind with her vaccinations, according to an ABC News report. Annaleise’s story might not be that uncommon: according […]

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