Medication errors are often attributed to patients either misreading or misunderstanding dosage instructions, confusing drugs with similar names or their dosages or trouble opening packages.
Leesburg, Fla. (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
Medication errors contribute to $100-$200 billion annually in health care costs due to people taking their prescription incorrectly, according to the National Council on Patient Information and Education. Leesburg-based STARx Pharmacy (http://www.STARxPharmacy.com) has introduced a proven medication management system to the Lake County and The Villages region that helps ensure customers take prescriptions correctly.
STARx offers Medicine-on-Time®, a personalized prescription technology which involves a pharmacist presorting and pre-packaging a patient’s medication. It eliminates the need for patients to count and sort meds into a pill box which can be time-consuming and lead to errors.
The medication is dispensed in easy-to-open, tamper evident packaging so the patient has peace-of-mind knowing dosages are safe and accurate.
“It is so much easier for my husband who used to have to open a few bottles to pour out his medication,” said Judith Martin, a Villages resident and STARx Medicine-on-Time customer. “Now he just pops what he needs out of the little pill packets that are delivered to us. For a recent trip, I just took the packets I would need while I was away. Each packet is labeled so I know what I’m taking and I don’t worry about a thing.”
Consumer use of medication management systems is proven to lead to better health outcomes. In fact, a recent study of patients who used Medicine-on-Time showed those participants reduced the likelihood of nursing home admissions by two-thirds.”
“The likelihood of a patient getting readmitted to the hospital increases tremendously when prescribed medications aren’t taken correctly,” said Dr. Jose Rosado, M.D., a Lake County cardiologist and internist. “Medication errors are often attributed to patients either misreading or misunderstanding dosage instructions, confusing drugs with similar names or their dosages or trouble opening packages.”
Medicine-on-Time is appropriate for consumers as well as institutional use. STARx provides the facilities with the prepackaged medications, by patient, with an easy-to-use charting system to help providers stay on the right side of regulators.
STARx also offers free delivery, specialty compounding, medical equipment, and over-the-counter medications. Additionally, STARx is the only pharmacy in the area to offer Medicine-on-Time®. STARx Pharmacy is located at 802 East Dixie Avenue, across from Leesburg Regional Medical Center.
About STARx Pharmacy
STARx Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy serving Lake County and the Villages. The third generation pharmacist has extensive knowledge of medication interaction and is certified to compound medications, providing a customized prescription solution for each individual’s needs. STARx is also the only pharmacy in the area to offer Medicine-on-Time® medication management system, to help patients who have multiple prescriptions. Visit STARxPharmacy.com to learn more.