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Short Cycle Medication Cards: 4 Applications for Pharmacies

Short cycle medication cards are used for prescriptions that are taken for a short period of time — generally no longer than three weeks. In many cases, short cycle meds are taken for less than two weeks, which presents pharmacies with a medication dispensing issue: Should the drugs be dispensed in standard prescription vials, even the smallest of which would be oversized for the number of pills inside; or should they be dispensed in a different container, one designed to hold only a few pills?

The answer depends on how many short cycle medications a pharmacy dispenses and how often they’re dispensed. With that said, most pharmacies have at least four prescription filling applications that would be well-served by short cycle medication cards.

  1. Antivirals

Short-cycle-medication-cardsAntiviral medications are prescribed for several types of viruses, the most common being the seasonal flu. One of the front line medications for flu treatment is Tamiflu, which is generally prescribed for no longer than ten days, with the patient taking one capsule per day. Our medication card featuring 7 or 14 blisters is a sensible solution for packaging the pills.

  1. Opioids

Authorities across the nation are cracking down on what law enforcement and substance abuse counselors are calling an “epidemic” of opioid prescription abuse. Doing their part to combat the problem, physicians are prescribing opioids in the shortest possible courses.

If you have a wisdom tooth removed, you’re likely to get about three days’ worth of Tylenol with codeine instead of the more generous five days’ worth that once seemed standard. The goal is to prevent extra pills from sitting in the medicine cabinet, where they can easily be stolen.

In addition to being ideal for short courses of opioids, a short cycle medication card also makes it easy for the prescription holder to see if pills have been removed by someone else.

  1. Benzodiazepines

Like opioids, benzodiazepines are an embattled class of medications due to their potential for abuse. However, for many decades now, the drugs have been viewed as short-term solutions for anxiety and insomnia, while patients with epilepsy may take a “benzo” long-term.

Unless they prescribe it for seizures, many medical professionals feel that a benzodiazepine shouldn’t be taken for more than two weeks straight, making short cycle medication cards an excellent option for dispensing the meds when they are prescribed short-term.

  1. Trial Medications

When a medication has prominent side effects that occur regularly, it’s not uncommon for the patient to start taking it in low doses for a short period of time. This type of prescribing is perfect for a short cycle medication card. If the medicine works out, the patient can move forward and receive a larger prescription. If not, at least there won’t be lots of unused medication leftover.

About Drug Package

Drug Package, LLC, has over 136 years of experience in providing prescription packaging and other products to pharmacies, hospitals, doctor offices, and urgent care facilities. To inquire about our short cycle medication cards, call us today at (800) 325-6137, or use our contact form. We look forward to presenting packaging solutions that add integrity to your short cycle medication dispensing needs.

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Medication Packaging: Patient Populations That Need Blister Cards

Blisters cards for medication packaging feature a well-designed, sealed compartment that houses a patient’s daily medication. Such packaging provides a simple organizational method that can be beneficial in developing a medication routine. Some patients would rather receive prescriptions in traditional medicine vials instead of blister packaging, but there are also patients who prefer blister packaging for some very important reasons. The following patient populations stand to benefit greatly from receiving prescriptions in blister packs.

Patients With Memory Problems

Several conditions can cause memory problems, including dementia, anterograde amnesia from head injuries, and the best-known memory thief of all, Alzheimer’s disease.

Some memory loss conditions are so severe that someone besides the patient must administer the medication. But patients with minor or early-stage memory loss can often manage their dosing regimen with the help of blister medication packaging.

Blisters that identify the dosing schedule using days of the month and, if necessary, times of day show patients exactly when to take medication, and whether medicine for a particular day or time has been taken.

Polypharmacy Patients

Polypharmacy is when a patient takes four or more medications concurrently. Due to medication side effects and the lower chance of medication adherence when multiple medications are taken, many physicians consider polypharmacy an unfortunate situation that should happen only if necessary. In many cases, the need for multiple medications is obvious.

Blister medication packaging can help this patient population achieve medication adherence by placing medication in blister cards, to organize the daily dosage needs.

Patients with Complex Dosing Schedules

Complex dosing schedules are often created by polypharmacy, but taking only one or two medications can also present a complex regimen. For example, it isn’t uncommon for patients starting an energizing antidepressant to take the medicine in the morning, and take a low dose of an anti-anxiety med three times a day until they acclimate to the effect of the primary medication.

Blister cards can simplify complex dosing schedules by listing the date and time when each dose of medication should be taken, making it easier for patients to stay medication adherent during a crucial period of time: When they are adjusting to new medications and dosing schedules.

Need Blister Medication Packaging?  

The type of medication packaging your pharmacy uses can have a significant impact on different patient populations.  For assistance choosing medication packaging that helps your pharmacy serve customers at the highest level, call us today at (800) 325-6137, or reach us through our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you choose the right solution!

 

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Features of our Two Piece Cold Seal Blister Cards

Learn about the features and benefits of our Two Piece Cold Seal Blister Card below.

     1. Numbered Blisters

Our standard two piece cold seal cards have 31 numbered blisters — one for each day of the month. Patients start with blister 31 and move down, making it easy to see whether they’ve taken their daily dose.

Numbered blisters assist patients with memory problems. They’re also a good option for medications that commonly involve pill counting by physicians, such as opioid pain medications.  Numbered blisters eliminate the need to count pills manually.

  1. Ribbon Refill Indicator

On the front of the card, running down the last line of blisters on the right, is a printed blue ribbon that serves as a refill reminder. Week after week, patients can see they are coming closer to the prescription refill date. This simple visual reminder helps patients with memory problems remain compliant by refilling the medication on time.

  1. Multiple Sized Blisters Available

Our blister inserts come in a variety of sizes for our two piece cold seal cards allowing for more than one pill to be organized into daily dosage. With minimal effort, medication can be organized for an entire month in advance.

Because the card has a booklet design, with the back flap closing over the blisters to protect them, pills are removed only when needed and not due to accidental pressure on the foil.

Place Your Order Today

To order two piece cold seal cards, please call us today at 1-800-325-6137, or order online using our secure order form. We look forward to helping you promote medication adherence!

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Drug Packages New Jumbo Unit Dose Blisters Promotes Medication Adherence

Jumbo unit dose blisters are the largest blister size Drug Package offers. Due to the blister’s “jumbo” size, it is often used to contain multiple medications, which must be taken at the same time. It’s this simple characteristic of jumbo unit dose blisters that gives them their primary appeal for encouraging medication adherence. Below are a few ways jumbo blisters support medication adherence, and, by extension, promote good health outcomes.

Simplifies Dosing Multiple Meds

Jumbo unit dose blisters have the size to contain multiple pills with ease. When a patient must take multiple medications at the same time, retrieving the medicine from a single blister involves less hassle than opening multiple prescription vials to retrieve pills. By lowering the effort required to take a dosage, medication cards with jumbo blisters encourage medication adherence.

Ensures Correct Dose is Taken

This benefit applies to all blister cards that are professionally prepared by pharmacists or come from the pharmaceutical manufacturer with pills already placed in the blisters. Pills in jumbo blisters are the medication that should be taken, and the exact number of milligrams in which it should be consumed.

We frequently associate medication non-adherence with not taking medication on the right schedule, not receiving timely refills, or stopping taking the medication when signs of improvement are present. However, taking the wrong dosage is also a characteristic of non-adherence. As long as patients consume pills from blisters on the right schedule, they ensure the correct dose is taken.

The failure to request refills is a major source of medication non-adherence that leads to poor health outcomes. One glance at a blister card will reveal how many days of medication are left. Such visibility helps remind patients when refills are needed which will combat this type of non-adherence.

Place Your Order Today

Medication cards with jumbo unit dose blisters encourage medication adherence, especially when multiple meds that must be dosed simultaneously can be contained within a single blister. To order your blister cards, please call us today at 1-800-325-6137, or order online using our secure order form. We look forward to helping you support medication adherence using our skillfully designed pharmacy products.

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Marijuana Blister Packs: What are the Advantages?

Legal distributors of marijuana can benefit from placing the raw product (i.e. the flower of the plant comprised of “buds”) in marijuana blister packs. Below are four reasons why.

  1. Easy Dosage Control

When using marijuana for medicinal purposes having the drug packaged in a blister pack can help ensure the medication is divided in to proper dosage for the patient. A blister pack can neatly organize and help regulate doses so that a patient can easily see if they have taken their dose and if it is nearing time to refill their prescription.

  1. Simple to Remove

Marijuana blister packs are similar to other medicinal blister packs in that they can make blister contents exceptionally simple to remove.  Ease of use will make customers more inclined to return to your dispensary.

  1. Crucial Information

Not all marijuana is made equal. Sativa strains often produce a sense of energy, indica strains often produce a feeling of mind and body relaxation, and hybrids are created using sativa and indica strains to provide the best of both worlds.

So, it would be a good idea to tell people about the biopsychological traits of the plant they’re about to consume. Other important information includes: THC percentage, how long effects take to manifest, how long a single dosage produces therapeutic results, tips for getting the best results (smoking, vaporizing, cooking), and recommendations for safe storage.  Marijuana blister packaging would provide ample space for necessary content labeling.

About Drug Package   

For over 135 years, Drug Package has stayed on the cutting edge of medicine packaging technology. Today, staying on the cutting edge involves creating the best way to package marijuana products. Roughly 30 states and the district of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, with some states approving recreational use, as well. A market is being created around legal marijuana, and we’re here to provide packaging options to legal sellers.

For more information about marijuana blister packs, labeling and other supplies, please call us today at (800) 325-6137, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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Reasons to Choose Custom Blister Cards

Blister cards are common in the pharmaceutical industry because they offer an affordable safety measure for both over-the-counter products and customer prescriptions. The card consists of pre-formed plastic, which forms a cavity for holding the medicine. A seal derived from aluminum foil or plastic is then used to finish the packaging. This type of packaging protects the housed item from humidity, contamination, and tampering. Custom blister cards offer a number of additional benefits outside the typical reasons this option is chosen in the pharmaceutical industry.

A Few Good Reasons to Go Custom

Blister card solutions ordered from a provider are usually referred to as “stock packaging”. This is because the provider has a pre-printed design they sell to companies for housing a product. With stock designs, a label is often attached to show the company information. Standard options have limited design choices including only a few specific sizes and styles. They do not provide opportunities to add your company brand or to tailor the packaging to further meet customer needs.

Custom packaging has a unique design to assist with the storing, transportation, handling, and selling of a product. A tailor-made design also ensures that the packaging fits the merchandise precisely. With custom blister cards, the backing or seal, size, and counts can be tailored to meet more precise needs. For example, let’s say you want to add the company logo or a special column for customer medications, then custom blister cards are the easiest way to make it happen. This choice provides several benefits for both branding and customer satisfaction including:

  • Personalized Cards – The option allows you to add a logo, the company name, address, and special design features.
  • Wider Count Selection – With standard designs, card count selections are limited, Custom designs provide further options such as 28, 31, 62, or even multi-medication packs.
  • Choose from One or Two Pieces – Stock choices usually consist of two pieces (card and blister). Custom blister cards provide the option of one piece cards, which reduce required storage space as well as packaging time.
  • Various Sizes & Types – This option offers a larger number of choices including a variety of sizes, styles, and sealing options.

Beyond these unique benefits, custom blister cards provide better product protection, make it easier to manage doses, take up less storage space, and are easy to manage in a pharmacy environment. If you are looking for a personalized, custom blister card solution, the team at Drug Packing offers a number of possibilities to help you properly brand and disperse medications. Whether you are a pharmacy or pharmaceutical product provider, our team will help you get the best solution for your specific packaging needs. Give us a call today!

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Personalized Blister Cards: A Few Uses Beyond the Pharmacy

As a seasoned supplier of blister packaging solutions, we often talk about blister packs from a pharmaceutical standpoint; specifically, how pharmacies can use our blister packs to promote medication adherence, expedite prescription dispensing, help reduce material costs, and realize other important benefits on both sides of the pharmacy counter.

However, dispensing medication to people at a pharmacy prescription pickup window isn’t the only thing you can do with our personalized blister cards. Your business or organization can also use these diverse, book-style cards in the following capacities, among several others.

  1. Storing Pet Medication

Medication can be as important to the health of pets as it is to the well-being of their owners. In fact, some animals take the same medications we do (tramadol for pain, for example). When medication is a life raft for a pet’s health, storing the medicine in blister packs has two of the same, corollary benefits as it does for humans: It makes the medicine easier to dose and track, which supports medication compliance that promotes a good health outcome.

  1. Storing Homecare Medication

Homecare medication is often used for hospice care, assisted living, and emergency pharmaceutical treatment (nitroglycerine for angina, for example). Especially in cases where a loved one or a nurse practitioner dispenses the medication, taking the medicine from a blister pack helps ensure that the right medicines and doses are consumed at the right time.

There’s no pill counting involved, and potentially mistaking one medication for another is all but eliminated. All the medication giver needs to do is refer to the correct blister based on the date and the time of day, remove meds from the blister, and administer them.

  1. Storing Diverse, Small Items

Our personalized blister cards are available with large blisters that are perfect for storing single, small items or multiple, small pieces. Some inventive ideas for using the blisters in this capacity are: storing confectionary treats in extra small servings for sugar restricted diets, providing a variety of small product samples, and storing small replacement parts for durable medical equipment. There are literally hundreds of options for storing small items in the blisters.

Getting Your Cards is Easy

Receiving personalized blister cards from Drug Package is simple and hassle-free. To place an order or request a quote, give us a call today at (800) 325-6137, or contact us here. We look forward to supporting your business operations by supplying best in class, customized blister cards that have various uses.

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Medication Adherence Tools Help Keep Patients Safe

Medication adherence or the proper use of meds is often viewed as a personal choice. For some it could mean, not taking the dose at the defined time or with food and for others it might be taking too much at a time. Failure to adhere to the doctor’s or pharmacies orders can result in bigger problems. Those with a chronic condition could make it worse or develop other conditions. In the medical industry, non-adherence increases costs and for some patients has resulted in death.

A patient with a chronic health problem like cardiovascular disease must take the prescribed medicines at the defined time intervals and doses. If they miss a dose or do not take it at the required times throughout the day, their blood pressure will not be regulated properly thus making the condition worse. Patients often do not conform to the instructions on a prescription due to the following reasons:

  • Forgetting to take a dose.
  • Not sure it is working.
  • Not convinced of its effectiveness.
  • Do not want to experience side effects.
  • Find it difficult to take the medicine.
  • Unable to afford their medications.

For some, multiple barriers such as these are present and prevent them from being able to effectively take their medications over an extended period of time. Whatever the reason, an inability to do so or making these decisions without all the facts could result in harsh consequences.

What Tools Are at the Disposal of Pharmacies?

Medication adherence tools offer additional support when it comes to ensuring individuals are taking medicines as prescribed without missing doses. A wide range of solutions have been developed to assist in this area of the pharmaceutical industry. One of the most common medication adherence tools has been blister packs. This type of packaging is seen just about everywhere these days including toys, electronics, pencils, and medications.

Medication blister packs consist of a backing and plastic housing where the pills are separated by compartments. For shelf products, they have a certain pill count such as 32 or 72 and are sealed to prevent tampering. Pharmacists now use these items to package customer prescriptions as well. A blister pack may consist of enough medication for a single day, week, or month. Other medication adherence tools created by companies include:

  • Personalized Medication Packs
  • Pill Organizers
  • Automated Solutions
  • Dosing Alarms or Sensors

Pharmacists can also aid in this process by keeping drug regimens as simple as possible, taking measures to ensure 90-day supplies of medications, and offering lower cost substitutions. Customers must be educated about the importance of taking their medications how to properly take them. Blister packs provide an easy way to keep track of doses for customers and patients.

Custom blister designs also allow additional information to be placed on the package to promote adherence.  Blister cards help individuals take the required dose at the set intervals. They may be sealed by hand or machine and offer a variety of options regarding pill counts. If you are seeking ways to increase adherence, Drug Package offers several beneficial choices. Give us a call today to learn more about the products we offer!

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How Can a Blister Pack Help Manage Medication?

When it comes to medication, a blister pack is a medication package that typically features multiple blisters, with pills placed inside each one. At first glance, using blister packaging to dispense medication may seem to like more of a hassle than using a conventional medication vial, but a blister pack can play an essential role in helping patients manage their medication regimen. The few minutes it may take to fill a blister pack saves time when many medications need to be taken. Below are a few examples of how a blister pack helps patients manage their medication.

Easy to Understand
Medication is organized so that each horizontal row holds each day’s pills in individual blisters. The blisters are then color coded for time of day, so the user knows when each pill is to be taken.

Easy to Remove Pills
Removing pills from a high-quality blister pack is as easy as removing them from a medication vial. All you need to do is puncture the backing that keeps the pill inside the blister. For some patient populations — especially the hand arthritis population — perforating the thin backing can be much easier than uncapping a pill vial and picking out pills.

Refill Reminders
Not getting refills on time is a major cause of medication non-adherence. Having a visual tool that shows how many days of medication remain make it much easier for patients and caregivers to recognize when medication needs to be refilled. Having such a refill remindes helps eliminate missed refills and keeps the patient on a dose schedule that offers the maximum health benefit.

Keeping Notes
A blister pack can also include a section for note taking. This is very beneficial for monitoring medication side affects and/or results. Keeping all pertinent patient medication information in one simple location can make for better communication between physicians and patients. Blister packs can help patients manage their medication more effectively, which ideally should produce better health outcomes.

Who We Are
In business for well over a century, Drug Package is a supplier of labeling solutions and medication containment solutions — such as blister packs and related products — to pharmacies, nursing homes, correctional facilities, assisted living, veterinarians, and other entities. We provide an exceptionally broad range of product options, many of which can be customized to meet your specific medication dispensing requirements.

To inquire about our blister pack solutions and other products, please give us a call today at (800) 325-6137, or request a quote conveniently online. We look forward to providing the best blister packs.

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Is Your Pharmacy Carrying Blister Packaging for Medication Management?

According to a recent report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Medication taking is a complex, multi-dimensional behavior.” Seeing medication behavior in this light helps explain some troubling statistics for medication management that the FDA recorded in the same study. Using these statistics as a guide for improved medication management, pharmacies can support good health outcomes and reduce prescription errors that thwart positive outcomes.

  • Adherence to long-term therapy for chronic illnesses in developed countries averages only 50%.
  • Medication non-adherence leads to unnecessary disease progression and complications, avoidable hospitalizations, premature disability, a lower quality of life, and even death.
  • Non-adherence is the most common type of medication error studied in self-care settings [i.e., taking medication at home].

With these things in mind, one of the best strategies for improving medication management is dispensing medication in the form of blister packaging, particularly for populations that have difficulty using a conventional pill vial for one reason or another. The FDA recognizes the following important benefits of using blister packs to encapsulate medication in individual blisters, from which they can be removed day-by-day to achieve medication compliance.

  • Calendarized, unit-of-use blister packaging reduces non-adherence and other medication errors.
  • Unit-of-use blister packaging reduce errors.

When combined with the first set of statistics, these pieces of information paint a perfect picture of why your pharmacy should carry blister packaging for medication management, especially in terms of reducing errors, which can contribute to medication non-compliance.

Contact Drug Package
For 135+ years, Drug Package has provided best-in-class labeling solutions for pharmacies and an array of other organizations. In addition to selling stock products that are available for immediate shipment, we also accept personalized orders for products that meet the unique requirements of a customer. Whether you need stock or personalized blister packs, we can serve as your single source for all of your medication dispensing needs.

If you require assistance selecting the best type of blister packaging for your pharmacy’s specific requirements, schedule a free consultation by calling us today at (800) 325-6137, or fill out our contact form. In addition, you can contact us to receive a free product catalogue, request a free quote, and inquire about whether our newest products would be a good fit for your needs.