Dried blood spot analysis to assess medication adherence and to inform personalization of treatment
Little research using dried blood spot samples to assess adherence to medication has been reported. The World Health Organisation estimates that only half of the patients in the developed world take their medication as prescribed. Additional costs to the healthcare provider include wasted medicines, avoidable additional hospital visits and non-optimum patient care. There is little evidence of information concerning medication adherence being made available to inform clinical decision making. In this article we explore the potential of the dried blood spot sample collection methodology as a means of identifying medication adherence to facilitate medicines optimization for a range of disparate diseases. Furthermore, the opportunity to personalize healthcare for different patients by assessing the clinically necessary therapeutic level of the relevant drugs is highlighted.
Citation : Tanna, S. and Lawson, G. (2014) Dried blood spot analysis to assess medication adherence and to inform personalization of treatment. Bioanalysis, 6 (21), pp. 2825-2838
ISSN : 1757-6180
Research Group : Pharmacy Practice
Peer Reviewed : Yes
- Leicester School of Pharmacy