Canada Life will now offer HumanisRx's MedCheckUp program to its customers who are receiving disability benefits and have complex or unique medication needs.
Through the program, HumanisRx pharmacists provide one-on-one support to Canada Life plan members on disability with the goal of optimizing their complex or unique drug treatment. The insurer expects that this will help plan members “better achieve intended health outcomes, minimize side effects, and return to work faster.”
The program is available via direct referral from Canada Life's disability team. Once connected with a HumanisRx pharmacist, members receive a comprehensive medication review and follow-up consultations.
"We're pleased to offer these pharmacist-led interventions in disability as optimizing drug therapy is a key component in overall case management," stated Christine Hildebrand, Vice-President, Health and Ability Strategy, Group Customer, Canada Life in a March 16 announcement. "Based on the results of our pilot with HumanisRx, medication changes were recommended in 73 per cent of the cases. MedCheckUp is one example of our evolution in disability management and the various tools we have for our case managers," she added.
Complex, confusing and costly
"People with involved or unique medication needs can face challenges in managing their health because their medications may be complex, confusing, costly and may result in unwanted side effects," says Sayeh Radpay, President of HumanisRx. "Through the in-depth assessments provided by our pharmacists, together with guidance from Canada Life's disability case managers and the patient's own physician, we support members on disability throughout their return-to-work journey."