Adherence to prescribed medications is associated with improved clinical outcomes for chronic disease management and reduced mortality from chronic conditions. Conversely, nonadherence is associated with higher rates of hospital admissions, suboptimal health outcomes, increased morbidity and mortality, and increased health care costs. Approximately one in five new prescriptions are never filled, and among those filled, approximately 50% are taken incorrectly, particularly regarding timing, dosage, frequency, and duration. Improving medication adherence is a public health priority and could reduce the economic and health burdens of many diseases and chronic conditions.1
Often nonadherence is caused by confusion. Clear and proven cost-effective strategies to improve unintentional medication nonadherence have come using improved packaging such as blister packs and pill boxes or pill organizers that allow medications to be organized in clear and simple ways. There are many technology options and phone apps that have been introduced to help individuals with medication compliance. Many of these options provide schedules, various reminders, medication photos, and other important information that can be used to take medication on a timely basis. These are especially helpful for complex regimens.
Today’s pharmacies, whether online or brick and mortar offer value added compliance packaging or assistance with filling and organizing pill organizers. Often a caregiver or family member will utilize various organizers, apps, and packaging to help setup a medication regimen for a loved one. All these methods have helped improve medication adherence.
With a plethora of options available today let’s not forget simplicity. For many, simple pill organizers will do the trick and keep medications organized in a simple fashion that supports adherence. Simple pill organizers have many feature options which improve the user experience. It is best to determine what type of features are important to you as a user and how the pill box will be used. Here are some examples of questions to ask yourself as you review options.
- Does it need to be a travel friendly size?
- How easy is it to open a compartment?
- Does it need to be divided into morning and evening with an AM/PM designation or even into more times of day
- Are the compartments large enough to hold your medications?
- Is it made of high quality and safe materials?
- Is the print for days of week or time of day easy to read and is it going to last over time?
- Are medications easy to retrieve from the compartments?
- Wil color coding for days of the week help reduce confusion?
- Is it inexpensive enough to have more than one on hand for replacement or to keep one just for travel?
- Can it also accommodate my supplements? Vitamins, fish oil etc.
At the end of the day the key is having a suitable pill organizer option or compliance packaging option that will aid in medication adherence.
Maxpert Medical has a selection of simple, high quality pill organizers that might just meet your criteria. See our home and travel options by visiting https://maxpertmedical.com/product-category/medication-management/pill-organizers/
Medication adherence is important to your overall health and wellness. You should take advantage of tools that can make this easier and the services of professionals such as your community pharmacy.