Using a Medication Blister Pack: Four Rarely Mentioned Advantages

Blister packaging is used to contain everything from batteries to toys, but one of its most discussed applications continues to be its use for packaging prescription medications. Because blister packaging can be designed to make medication easier to take as prescribed, it plays a significant role in improving patient health outcomes, and thus helps to…

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Medication Packaging: Medication Pill Cards Vs. Pill Bottles

Most people who take prescribed medications receive them in the form of loose pills placed inside an amber colored prescription bottle. This type of packaging is cheap and easy to use for pharmacists and their customers, but there is population of medical patients who need more guidance on how and when to take medications than…

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Medication Adherence Tools That Increase Medication Compliance

Medication nonadherence, which occurs when a person fails to take a medication as directed, is responsible for billions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs annually. When patients fail to adhere to their prescriber’s instructions, they often experience additional health problems that result from taking medication in the wrong way, or failing to take a medication…

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Creating a Medication Compliance Strategy Based on Forms of Noncompliance

A medication compliance strategy is self-descriptive; it is a strategy that is implemented to help patients remain compliant with the dosing requirements for prescriptions they receive from physicians. Medication noncompliance (a.k.a. medication nonadherence) is a quiet, insidious problem that negatively impacts the healthcare system and patients by creating avoidable medical costs and preventing medications from…

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The Role of Medication Adherence Packaging in Health Outcomes

When prescribed medication is taken correctly, it typically provides a therapeutic effect. When prescriptions are taken incorrectly, on the other hand, they often fail to produce a therapeutic effect to the degree that is expected, or fail to have an effect at all. Known as medication nonadherence, this problem leads to negative health outcomes in…

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Using Blister Packs to Improve Medication Management

According to a recent study released by the organization Prescriptions for a Healthy America: A Partnership for Advancing Medication Adherence, medication non-adherence results in roughly $300 billion in annual, avoidable health care expenses. The poor health outcomes that many patients experience when they fail to take medicine as directed is one of the major reasons…

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The Decline and Reemergence of Independent Pharmacies

If you were born in the 1950s or earlier, you may remember when most pharmacies were independent businesses that had a unique approach to serving customers in terms of products and services. Independent pharmacies still operate, but their path to success hasn’t been obstacle-free. One of the biggest obstacles has been weathering the emergence of…

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How Pharmacists in California are Reshaping Health Care

In 2014, the state of California passed a law that classifies pharmacists as “healthcare providers,” and allows them to address certain medical needs that were once only handled by physicians. Known as the California provider status law (SB 493), the piece of legislation empowers pharmacists to provide a high level of service that, in some…

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The Changing Role of Independent Pharmacists

Independent pharmacies once comprised the majority of pharmacies in the U.S. Today, however, many independently operated pharmacies have been forced out of business by corporate pharmacies that have hundreds of locations in American towns and cities. Independent pharmacies that stayed in business during the rise of the corporate pharmacy were not just lucky. Rather, they…

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The Role Rural Pharmacies Play in Supporting Good Health Outcomes

Before the era of corporatized pharmacies that have locations from coast to coast, most pharmacies resembled what we now think of as “rural pharmacies”, or pharmacies that specialize in serving a limited customer base that exists in close proximity to the pharmacy location. Many of these pharmacies were driven out of business by big chain…

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