Today it seems like there is a pill for everything. One to make you lose weight, another to make you gain. One to make your hair shiny, and still another to make it grow thicker. Many of these so called “miracle” pills don’t really help even when people do everything that the manufacturer recommends. However, people still take them faithfully and strictly adhere to the exact directions in hopes of a good outcome. It really isn’t a surprise that no one has any problem taking “miracle” pills. If only the same were true for people who actually need a prescription to maintain or control a serious medical problem.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the following is true of patients in the United States:
- 20 to 30 percent of new prescriptions are never filled by patients
- Medication is not taken as prescribed 50 percent of the time.
- For patients that are prescribed medications for chronic diseases, after six months, the majority take less medication than prescribed or stop the medication altogether.
- Only 51 percent of patients taking medications for high blood pressure continue taking their medication for their long-term treatment.
Despite the many medical advances today, some things cannot be cured with surgery, diet or exercise. Some diseases unfortunately can only be managed or kept at bay with regular medication. Just a few examples:
- High Blood Pressure
- Thyroid Disorders
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Without proper medication adherence, many of these diseases can interfere with a persons’ day to day living. It can put them at risk of further illness, or worse. So even though most patients know the risks, why do they still have trouble adhering to their medications? Sometimes it is the expense. Sometimes they don’t understand the directions, or are too lazy to go fill the prescription, but in many cases it is just plain forgetfulness.
In the case of forgetfulness, there is a product on the market that will help both patients and caregivers in making sure that medication is taken regularly and properly adhered to, and that is a blister card. Our Multi-Med Home Care Kits are easy to understand and easy to use blister cards. They can help patients eliminate spills and determine at a glance if a dose was missed. Patients can also see when prescriptions are running low so they can order refills, avoiding gaps in adherence. The kits can be filled in six easy steps and even have ample space for recording notes for side effects or patient conditions.
Helping Patients Achieve Medication Adherence
Drug Package would love to help you or your loved one improve your medication adherence by helping you maintain or reach a healthy lifestyle. If you are looking for a method to keep your medication regimen, check out our Multi-Med Home Care Kits here, or call our friendly customer service representatives. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve medication adherence. Contact us today to learn more.