Tips to Save You Trips to the Pharmacy

By Derek Borkowski, PharmD-Candidate   LinkedIn

By Derek Borkowski, PharmD-Candidate


Medication Synchronization

When filling your regular prescriptions, how many trips do you have to make to the pharmacy each month? If the answer is more than one, you may benefit from a medication synchronization program. Medication synchronization is the process of organizing the dispensing of all of your regular medications to take place on the same day at each fill.

For example, if you get 30-day supplies of two different medications, and you pick up the first medication on November 1st and the second on November 15th, your pharmacist can fill just a 15-day supply of the second medication, allowing your medications to be synchronized and both to be due for refill on December 1st, and the same day of each month going forward.

Read more about medication synchronization here

90-day Refills

Did you know many insurances will pay for a 90-day supply of your regularly taken medications? Call your pharmacy, doctor or insurance plan to see if you are eligible to receive a 90-day supply of your medications. 90-day refills are generally also eligible to be included in medication synchronization programs.

Sign-up for “alert-when-ready” Programs

Tired of your prescriptions not being ready when you show up to the pharmacy window? Most pharmacies offer enrollment in phone or text alerts programs that automatically alert you when a prescription is ready for pick up. Contact your pharmacy to learn more about their service.

Take Action: Steps to Take Control of Your Medication Schedule

In a recent article on Patient Engagement HIT, Sarah Heath outlines how patients can work with their pharmacist and other healthcare professionals to better improve the rate that each patient takes their medications.  The insightful article cites research that suggests that forming close working relationships with healthcare professionals can greatly increase a patient's odds of sticking to their med schedule. Check out the article here and tell us what you think! What are some techniques that you use to stay on top of your medication?