Ok. So let's talk about pill planners. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors etc. etc. some have electronic alarm clocks built into them. I have many patients that use the standard 7-Day pill planners. Some come in single dose time (one time daily) and others come in up to 4 times daily. Great. Some machines will actually dispense the medications for you at the appropriate time. Some are connected to the Internet. Sometimes folks have someone to help them set up their medications in pill planners or some other system. Sometimes not. Really, what it comes down to is what works for you.
Another option is to have the pharmacy do the "pill planning for you". Legally, pharmacies cannot dispense medications out in a pill planner. They have to be dispensed in some type of approved packaging. We offer this type of packaging to help folks organize their medications on a 28 day cycle, so they come due the same day every month. We call our system RxtoGo. Everyone that tries it seems to like it.
Basically, whatever works for you is great. Have a great day!
Adherence, compliance, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?
So, one of the buzzwords nowadays is medication "compliance" or "adherence". I think someone felt like the term compliance insinuated a more authoritarian approach to telling someone to take their medications. I get it. No one likes to be told what to do. Well, whatever you call it, sometimes patients can use a little help in taking their medications. I like to help with this. First of all, I have to sit down with someone to find out the details of why they may or may not be taking their medications. The sit down is crucial. To be a good pharmacist, you must listen to your patient. Well, this is step 1 in the blog series. It's time for me to go and open the store now. Catch ya'll later!