There are many steps you can take to improve or maintain your health, and staying on top of your medication routine is an important one. But when managing multiple medications, keeping track of what to take, what time of day to take each and how much to take can be a difficult task. Knowing it is important to take your medications exactly as prescribed, ask yourself these questions:
- Have you ever forgotten to take your medication or order a prescription refill?
- Have you ever been confused about which pill to take and when?
- Have you ever stopped taking your medication because you started to feel better?
- Have other monthly expenses gotten in the way of paying for prescriptions?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may not be getting the most from your medications and could likely benefit from medication management and compliance packaging, also known as customized medication packaging.
What Is the True Cost of Ignoring Medication Adherence?
Medication adherence, also known as compliance, is the extent to which you take your medication as prescribed. In other words, it’s taking the right dose at the right time in the right way.
Not taking your medications as prescribed can lead to more doctor visits or hospital admissions, especially if you have a chronic condition (a condition not likely to change, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or asthma) that requires a maintenance medication (a drug that is taken regularly for more than 30 days). Failing to take a maintenance medication can worsen your symptoms and lead to hospitalizations that could have been avoided with proper medication use. It could also lead to new medical problems or side effects, resulting in the need for additional prescriptions.
The costs associated with each of these can quickly add up. A study that followed patients for two years found that $4,000 was spent each year on managing high cholesterol alone when patients with three or more chronic conditions didn’t adhere to their medication plans.
What Are the Benefits of Customized Medication Packaging?
Customized medication packaging is a multi-dose pack that organizes and bundles your medications together by date and time — for example, into morning meds and bedtime meds — to minimize confusion. There are many benefits associated with it.
1. Cost Savings
Taking your medications as prescribed can actually lessen the amount of money you spend overall on your healthcare. Hard to believe? Let’s use a car as an example. Proper and timely maintenance of a car — such as regular oil and filter changes — can help to keep it in great working condition for many years. Now consider the opposite. Without regular oil changes, a car may require extra service, parts and labor, leading you to spend more time and money than what the oil change would have cost.
The same study noted above found that other patients with three or more chronic conditions saved more than $2,000 each year on high cholesterol management when they followed their medication plans. This is because they didn’t require additional appointments or prescriptions to control their high cholesterol.
2. Time Savings
With customized medication packaging, you don’t have to spend time organizing medications from multiple bottles into pill reminder boxes. Instead, your daily medications are made available in either blister or strip packs. This ensures all your medications are in one place when you need them.
You can leave home without worrying you’ll miss something by tearing off the doses or number of packs that you’ll need while away. This is great when you may have an all-day doctor’s appointment, when you plan to go to church and eat lunch out afterward, or even when you go watch fireworks on the 4th of July. And because they’re individual packs, it is much more discreet than carrying around numerous pill bottles.
Customized medication packaging simplifies medication management, which gives you a head start toward sticking to your medication plan. That translates into less expensive care from fewer doctors and less hospital visits — and your own peace of mind because you’re doing all you can to manage your health.
Simplify Your Medication Routine With Customized Medication Packaging
A 2016 article reports that the more daily medications a person takes, the greater the person’s risk is of not taking those medications as prescribed. Even the most organized person could miss a dose or take a medication incorrectly! Experiencing failed attempts with pill boxes, missing sticky note reminders and forgetting to take pill bottles when leaving home are some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to following their medication plan.
Let us help you take control of your medication routine, even if it’s complicated. For scheduled medication delivery, 24/7 support and worry-free refills, explore AdherePack™ through AdhereRx™. AdhereRx services, including delivery, are available at no additional cost aside from your regular copay. (We also offer flexible payment options.)
With AdhereRx, your daily medications arrive safely at your door on the day of your choice every month, already packaged with easy-to-understand instructions. We are like your friendly local pharmacy, but with customized medication packaging, private delivery and extra support at no additional cost. Our dedicated pharmacy team checks in monthly for a personalized medication review, and you have 24/7 access to a pharmacist.
Choose from strip packs or blister packs — whatever best fits your needs based on how your medications are prescribed and the way you like to be reminded. We work directly with your provider and care team to handle refills, medication changes or issues.
With all your medications in one place, you can simplify your routine and easily stick to your schedule. When it’s time to take your medications, simply tear away the pack for that time of day without the hassle of opening multiple pill boxes or bottles.
Get started today. Call 855-280-9192 to easily enroll, talk with an AdhereRx expert or request a sample pack. (Spanish-speaking experts are available.) You can also ask your doctor to share information with us. Stay healthier and more independent longer by signing up for worry-free medication delivery and refills with 24/7 support. Explore AdherePack.