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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:

  • 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 our pharmacists about simplifying your medication process through automatic refill or medication synchronization

  • 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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Have you or someone you know ever experienced difficulties giving their child medicine?  We know the scenario all too well, personally and professionally.  And we can’t blame children for not wanting to take medicine that tastes “icky”.  However, as parents, you know the importance in getting your child to complete their antibiotics to get them feeling better and prevent the spread of their illness. 

So what’s the trick? How can you get your child to take their medicine without a fight?  We can suggest one simple trick, that is flavor those “icky” liquid medications!  Before you walk out of the pharmacy with your child’s medicine ask if there are any flavoring options, odds are, there are!  Our pharmacy offers FLAVORx, a flavoring system with a database recognizing nearly 5,000 drugs with volume, strengths of each medication and flavoring suggestions that have been tested and work best with each particular medication.   

Stuart Amos, President and CEO of FLAVORx stated “It gives mothers and children some control over how they want their medication, and medicine can be a real challenge. Mothers find it very stressful, children equally. For 10 years and beyond, we have developed a formula of different combinations of tastes that work well with liquid medications, so our job is to provide the best taste choices for children.”

Next time you are picking up a medication for your child, avoid the fight and ask us about flavoring options!  Our goal is to ensure every patient is compliant with their medications, especially our little ones, that is why we offer FLAVORx.  

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