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Are you that person who doesn’t take their medications as prescribed?  If so, you’re not the only one.  However, medication noncompliance is unhealthy and can become costly.  It is estimated non-adherence causes:

  • 30%-50% of treatment failures and 125,000 deaths annually. 
  • Increased mortality risk by 12%-25% for statins
  • Increased hospitalization risks for cardioprotective medication by 10%-40% and mortality by 50%-80%

Furthermore, it is estimated non-adherent patients will spend an additional $2000 in physician visits annually.  There are more statistics we could discuss on medication non-adherence; however, we want to know why and how we can help.

There are many reasons to why you may not be compliant with your medications.  Are you confused on how you should you take it, is it the cost of the medication, do you have side effects, do you have difficulties getting to the pharmacy, do you simply forget, etc?  Whatever the reason maybe we can assist you!  Here are some tips and tricks to staying compliant with your meds:

  • Request to enroll in the pharmacy’s medication adherence program.  Our pharmacy can synchronize all your prescriptions to be filled on the same day every month, minimizing your pharmacy trips.  Furthermore, we can sink all your family’s medications to a single pick-up date.
  • Take it along with other daily events, like brushing your teeth or with your morning coffee.  Example: put your medication bottle next to your favorite coffee cup or coffee pot.
  • Use special pill boxes that help you keep track, like the ones divided into sections for each day of the week 
  • Set an alarm on your phone; customize the setting on your alarm for repeat.
  • Keep a "medicine calendar" near your medicine and make a note every time you take your dose.
  • Talk to your pharmacist and identify if there is a generic substitute that may be cheaper
  • Utilize free delivery if you have transportation issues
  • Discuss any negative side effects with your pharmacist; there may be a substitute available that doesn’t affect you the same way.
  • Most importantly, understand your medication.  Know what it is for, how and when you should be taking it. 

Contact us with any questions you may have about medication adherence and how we can assist you! 

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You may or may not have experienced an increase in cost for your generic medication(s). In recent months all pharmacies have experienced a tremendous increase in their cost for generic medications, some medications that have been around for decades!! And when we say an increase, we mean an increase typically between 300%-1000%!

So what does this mean for you as the patient? Well, if you pay for your prescriptions out of pocket with no insurance your monthly pharmacy expense may become increasingly higher. If you have insurance, you may find that your insurance rejects payment until your doctor gives further authorization by requesting the insurance pay for this particular drug; or your medication may step up to the next tier.

Sadly, there is not much we, as a pharmacy, can do at the moment. We promise to provide you the best possible pricing available at our pharmacy. However, we understand this may not be enough. We will also work with you, your doctor, and your insurance company to determine if another generic is available and is more cost effective. Whatever the circumstances, we as a pharmacy, are here for you, the patient, to ensure you are taken care of and receiving the best possible outcome from your medications.

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