patient-adherence

How Pharmacies Can Help Improve Patient Adherence to Medication

Patient adherence is a term used to describe medical patients who take their medications as a physician directs. Currently, it is estimated that the U.S. healthcare system absorbs roughly $300 billion in medical costs due to patients’ non-adherence to prescribing protocols. The failure to adhere often results in poor health outcomes, which drive up healthcare costs by necessitating the following situations, which are often avoidable through medication adherence.

  • The need for costlier medications
  • The need for additional medications
  • Emergency room visits
  • Hospital admissions and re-admissions
  • Additional therapies to address new conditions
  • Palliative treatments to reduce pain

Of these cost factors, it is estimated that hospital readmissions account for the largest percentage of avoidable spending, with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) estimating that two-thirds of hospital readmissions could be prevented by patient adherence to medication. However, pharmacies are not powerless to change this statistic. Through the use of novel medication packaging, they can help improve patient adherence, and thus improve health outcomes, which helps to mitigate the need for costly hospital treatment.

The Impact of Medication Packaging
The NCPA states that “Patients on complex drug regimens taking multiple prescriptions are at high risk for non-adherence.” To help these patients achieve better medication compliance, pharmacies can use specially designed medication packaging that makes taking multiple drugs on different schedules an easier situation to manage. At Drug Package, we supply pharmacies with medication blister packaging that can significantly increase patient adherence, such as:

  • Cold seal cards (one piece cards, controlled dose cards, and multi med home care kits)
  • Heat seal cards (one piece cards and two piece cards)
  • Other med cards (short cycle cards and personalized cards)

In each case, the goal is to empower pharmacies to provide patients with medication packaging that improves medication compliance and thus improves health outcomes. In addition to helping us achieve our primary goal of lowering healthcare costs, using our packaging helps pharmacies improve their bottom line by using fewer packaging supplies per patient, as compliant patients are less likely to hop from medication to medication in a short period of time; and dispensing more medication, as compliant patients are more likely to continue to submit refill requests.

Contact Us Today
U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said, “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” At Drug Package, we specialize in creating intelligent medication packaging that helps patients take their medications as a physician directs, and thus helps them achieve good health outcomes that translate into lower annual healthcare costs for parties associated with the medication supply process, including: doctors, pharmacies, health insurance companies and drug companies. By reducing healthcare costs, we can also help control insurance premiums.

In addition to special medication packaging, we supply pharmacies with a variety of other necessary products, including: pharmacy label products, printed paper bags, padded envelope mailers, prescription hang up bags and mortars and pestles, just to name a few.

To receive more information about our products and services, call us today (800) 325-6137, or email us today at sales@drugpackage.com. We look forward to partnering with your pharmacy to improve patient adherence, improve health outcomes and lower annual healthcare costs.