Milwaukee-Area Pharmacies Improve Adherence through Medication Synchronization Programs, BizTimes Reports

December 4, 2014

Medication synchronization programs, which allow pharmacists to coordinate a patient's medications to be refilled at the same time each month, are improving adherence rates and helping pharmacies in the Milwaukee area to improve workflow.

Medication synchronization programs, which allow pharmacists to coordinate a patient’s medications to be refilled at the same time each month, are improving adherence rates and helping pharmacies in the Milwaukee area to improve workflow, according to a report from BizTimes. Forgetting to refill prescriptions before they run out can cause many patients to miss doses of their medication, contributing to 125,000 annual deaths and up to 25% of hospital and nursing home admissions, indicates the American Pharmacists Association Foundation.

In October 2014, NABP convened a task force on medication synchronization. A report on the task force’s findings and recommendations will be released in spring 2015. Additional information on medication synchronization programs is available in the article, “Medication Synchronization Shown to Improve Adherence for Patients on Multiple Drug Regimens,” published in the March 2014 NABP Newsletter (PDF).