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 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.
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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!