Ask About Adherence is a blog series featuring Q&A’s with experts and new medication adherence resources. In this post, we feature additional medication synchronization resources.
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Is your shopping list checked off? Are you still running around trying to get everything ready for the holidays? Looking for a way to de-clutter as we gear up for a new year? Here’s a simple and small adjustment you can make to help get all of your medications, or prescriptions for a loved one, down to a science, making it one less thing to worry about when it comes to your health.
A patient care service called medication synchronization, also known as med sync, is now being provided by thousands of pharmacies across America and can help with your medication routine. Med sync aims to make the process of prescription refills and pickups simpler by streamlining them into one monthly visit. This means you can pick up all your prescriptions in one visit on a designated day each month, all managed by your pharmacy. Anyone can use the program – from busy professionals to parents juggling multiple prescriptions in a household to caregivers.
As we’ve previously highlighted on Ask About Adherence, synchronized refill services can help improve medication adherence, especially those that include an appointment-based model where patients can sit down with a pharmacist for monthly one-on-one consultations.
Synchronizing your medication refills is one easy resolution you can keep, so talk to your local pharmacist. Here are some additional resources to check out to learn more about the importance of medication adherence and see if a program like med sync is right for you and your family.
- Medication Adherence Alliance: http://managingyourmeds.org/
- Align My Refills: http://www.aphafoundation.org/align-my-refills
- Simply Sync: https://www.simplysync.net/
Here is to a happy and productive 2017, cheers to your health!
Carolyn Ha Carolyn Ha, Pharm.D., is a Director in the Policy and Research Department at PhRMA, where she provides clinical expertise to shape policy development and advocacy related to population health and chronic disease management, improvement of medication use and clinical and quality management strategies. As a clinician, she is passionate about patient care and translating research into actionable policies that will ensure patients get the most out of their medications and creating a sustainable health care delivery system that incentivizes innovation. Carolyn received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Rutgers University and is a registered pharmacist in Virginia. Prior to joining PhRMA, she spent time as a practitioner in a community pharmacy and advocated on behalf of independent pharmacy owners. When she’s not working to improve the lives of patients through better use of medicines, Carolyn can be found spoiling her nephew and niece, exploring new restaurants, traveling and cheering on the New York Giants.