Increasing Medication Adherence with SureMed

Increasing Medication Adherence with SureMed

In the United States, over 32 million Americans are being treated with five or more chronic medications. The main problem with this is that 1.5 billion of these prescriptions are not taken properly. This results in many general hospital admissions, people entering nursing homes, and frequent physician visits. Unfortunately, it also results in 120,000 avoidable deaths (New England Healthcare Institute).

Many have poor medication adherence due to forgetting to take their medication, doubling their doses, or confusion between medications and what to take when. Pill cases can be helpful, but can be time consuming and stressful. Also, once they are in a pill case, it can be confusing to figure out which medication is in each pocket if you have any mid-week changes to your treatment plan.

A federal study of adherence to medications in the elderly demonstrated that blister packaging, as part of a comprehensive pharmacy care program has significant impact on adherence and health outcomes (FAME). With our new packaging system, medications are organized by our pharmacists into blister cards that display exactly what time of day and which medication to take. No worrying or guessing if medications were taken. Our newest blister pack, SureMed, provides: 

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  • Immediate visual verification of missed doses
  • Packaged design to keep patients on schedule
  • Easy-to-open blisters
  • Flexible and portable packaging
  • Printed full color drug images and prescription doses

 

 

According to a University of Toledo study, patients confidence in taking their medications increased from 7% to 93% when using blister cards. With SureMed packaging, we can improve patient quality of life and quality of care through increasing medication adherence. To learn more about SureMed packaging, see the testimonials in the videos below. According to one of the testimonials, “it is the best invention since sliced bread!”

Interested in SureMed packaging for a patient or yourself? Contact us today to get started!

 

 

Resources
*Source: New England Healthcare Insitute, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and 2009 CDC Data
*The Federal Study of Adherence to Medications in the Elderly (FAME) was a multiphase, single-center study of the efficacy of a comprehensive pharmacy care program, including patient education and medication blister packaging, to improve medication adherence among military health care beneficiaries >65 on >4 chronic meds/day. Source:  Lee JK, et al, JAMA, December 6 2006 Vol 296, No. 21.
*Evaluating Patients’ Perceptions of Blister Packs Dispensed in a Community Setting and their Perceived Impact on Adherence Sharrel Pinto, B.S.Pharm., PhD., Associate Professor and Director, Kelly Gaffney, PharmD  Candidate 2016, Robert Bechtol, BSPS, M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor and Research Coordinator Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research, Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA