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Adherence packaging system aids med sync.

NASHVILLE -- Tri State Distribution, which describes itself as one of the nation's largest manufacturers of prescription packaging, container and marketing technology, has launched 1-2-3 Systems, characterized as a breakthrough prescription packaging system that helps patients to better understand when and how to take their prescriptions.

The innovation is designed to strengthen pharmacists' ability to improve medication adherence and compliance, especially for patients on so-called med sync programs.

According to the company, 1-2-3 Systems provides a solution to one of the biggest challenges affecting patient compliance--confusing medication instructions that address everything from medicine dosage to routine issues. These directions vary wildly from physician to physician and regularly puzzle patients, especially those who take multiple medications at different times in a single day, explains president Joe Miceli. "1-2-3 not only simplifies the daily routine but allows pharmacies to easily handle a doctor's medication substitution instructions in the middle of a patient's planned prescription regimen.

"Featuring optimized pill containers combined with a high-capacity pill tray, 1-2-3 Systems is built on simplicity, common sense and results. Each container can be fitted with a color coded cap and frequency grid that matches colors with dosage timing and frequency."

He adds that an optional pill tray can be easily synchronized with the containers and allows customers to dose their own medications at home. It features high-volume compartments and a unique design that allows each individual compartmental removal that increases convenience and portability.

"Pharmacists have searched for years for a way to simplify medication instructions for patients who struggle to understand complicated medication schedules," maintains Miceli. "Until now, pharmacies have tried using expensive pouch dispensing machines, time-consuming blister packs or other products such as electronic caps that aren't proactive in helping patients to take their medication correctly.

"Products that only serve to alert you if you've skipped a dose don't help to remind you to take the right dose at the right time, and that is what adherence and compliance is all about."

Miceli believes that 1-2-3 Systems should be considered as a breakthrough solution because it translates complex and varying physician orders into one common set of instructions that not only can help increase patient adherence and compliance but also can assist pharmacies in raising their performance in federal government quality ratings.

He notes that health plans are coming under increasing pressure from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to boost their star ratings and that 1-2-3 System's ability to improve compliance as part of medicine synchronization programs will help them in such efforts.

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Title Annotation:MERCHANDISING INSIGHTS: PHARMACY SERVICES
Publication:Chain Drug Review
Date:Apr 4, 2016
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