medication-adherence

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 delivering a therapeutic effect, respectively.

Ultimately, these negative effects can lead to increased health insurance premiums due to more claims being submitted, increased wait times to see physicians as a result of unimproved health problems, and potentially result in the death or deterioration of patients, just to name a few. Thankfully, there are effective, economical solutions for addressing these issues, but before they can be implemented, it is important to distinguish between the forms of noncompliance.

Forms of Noncompliance
To develop an effective strategy for reducing medication noncompliance and the problems it creates, it is necessary to understand the different types of medication noncompliance. According to a recent study from the New England Healthcare Institute, there are three major types of medication nonadherence: non-fulfillment, non-persistence, and non-conforming.

  1. Non-fulfillment

This form of noncompliance is characterized by the prescription never being filled at a pharmacy, and thus never taken as prescribed. A pharmacy care program or a doctor’s office care program that quickly follows up with patients to see how their medication is working can be a highly effective medication compliance strategy for this particular form of non-compliance.

  1. Non-persistence

This type of noncompliance occurs when patients stop taking medication without the prescriber directing them to do so. Often, the medication is stopped because patients believe they no longer need it. Because non-persistence results primarily from a lack of knowledge about the medication or the problem it treats, patient education is a good medication compliance strategy.

  1. Non-conforming

This kind of noncompliance is exhibited by patients who fail to take their medication as prescribed, resulting in missed doses, incorrect doses, and doses taken at the wrong time. Because it can issue medication reminders and provide instructions for taking medicine, medication compliance packaging is a fine strategy for addressing this form of non-compliance.

How Drug Package Can Help
If you are a physician or a pharmacist whose patients or customers suffer from medication noncompliance, Drug Package can provide medication pill cards that plays a crucial role in your medication compliance strategy. With the ability to organize medication our packaging solutions are particularly effective for addressing non-conforming medication noncompliance across adult patient populations.

To receive more information about making blister card packaging a part of your official medication compliance strategy, and to learn about our other helpful products for pharmacies and physicians, give us a call today at (800) 325-6137 to speak with one of our experienced medication packaging specialists, or simply request a quote online today. We look forward to helping you better serve the pharmaceutical needs of your valued patients or customers!