Improving Adherence: Patients like and want medication synchronization (when they know about it) // PROBLEM=MEDICATION NON-ADHERENCE // Non-Adherence: (noun) : Not taking medications as prescribed Non-adherent Behaviors** $290 billion COST IN 1 in 2 missed a dose 1 in 3 forgot if they took the med 1 in 4 did not get refill on time 1 in 4 didn’t start a new Rx at all 2014 National Report Card on Adherence=B-** AMERICA* // COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS OFFER A SOLUTION // Medication Synchronization (Med Sync): All Of A Patient’s Medications Refilled At Once DAY 1 DAY 20-23 DAY 28-29 DAY 30 Enrollment Patient opts-in to program Check-in call from pharmacy (make sure there are no Rx changes) Rx Pick Up Reminder Appointment Date Rx Pick Up and option for appt with pharmacist Benefits to patient 74 % say med sync is helpful in improving their overall adherence*** * Never run out of medication * Single trip to the pharmacy each month * Improved adherence * Help managing prescriptions PATIENTS IN A MED SYNC PROGRAM ARE 32% MORE ADHERENT*** 83% of those in a med sync program find it helpful in managing their prescriptions,** After an explanation, 89% FIFTY PERCENT 57% are interested in med sync** yet... 3 in 4 who have trouble managing Rxs are NOT enrolled in a program** 40% are unaware of med sync programs** Synchronized Non-Synchronization Medications Medications % of the patients Rx’s that are adhered to References: * “Thinking Outside The Pillbox: A System-wide Approach to Improving Patient Adherence for Chronic Disease.” NEHI. 2009. ** Based on a 2014 survey of 1,012 Americans 40 years and older on chronic medications. The National Community Pharmacists Association, “National Adherence Survey: The Promise and Prospects of Medication Synchronization.” For full report, visit ncpanet.org/medsync. *** “Assessing the Impact of a Community Pharmacy-Based Medication Synchronization Program On Adherence Rates.” NCPA. 2014.
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