"The number one problem in treating illness today is patient failure to take prescription medication correctly, regardless of age. Our stores receive several calls a day asking ‘what should I do if I forgot to take my medication?’" Tanya Schmidt, Pharm.D
Plymouth, MN (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
Thrifty White Pharmacy, an employee-owned drugstore chain with more than 80 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana and Wisconsin announced today that they have introduced the Rx Timer Cap®.
The Rx Timer Cap® is a patented smart cap™ with a built-in LCD timer that fits the same standard vials used in pharmacies across the country.
Thrifty White will give away a free Rx Timer Cap® for each medication customers enroll in their Ready Refill™ or Medication Synchronization programs. These Thrifty White programs increase patient convenience by making sure refills for maintenance medications are filled ahead of time and ready when the patient needs them. Additional Rx Timer Caps® may be purchased at any Thrifty White location.
Retail pharmacies like Thrifty White are on the front line of healthcare, seeing patients more often than any other healthcare provider. Taking maximum advantage of that fact, Thrifty White is ‘moving the needle’ on medication adherence with strategies that leverage pharmacist counseling with innovative pharmacy programs. Thrifty White’s Ready Refill™, Medication Synchronization, HealthyPackRx™ and simple cost-effective tools including Rx Timer Cap® engage patients in their care and give them ongoing daily feedback on how they are doing.
“The number one problem in treating illness today is patient failure to take prescription medication correctly, regardless of age.” said Tanya Schmidt, Pharm.D., R.Ph. “Our stores receive several calls a day asking ‘what should I do if I forgot to take my medication?’”
The Rx Timer Cap® is a simple, easy-to-use device that fits on the original prescription bottle, replacing the standard cap with one incorporating a digital LCD readout. The technology behind the display works like a simple stopwatch counting up the hours and minutes since the container was last opened to tell patients exactly how long it has been since their last dose.
Unlike medication reminders and medication alerts, Rx Timer Cap® activation is automatic and foolproof since there are no alarms to program, no buttons to press and no instructions to read. The mere act of opening and closing the container resets the patented pill timer.
Studies have shown that less than half of all Americans take medications as prescribed by their physicians. Failure to take medication as prescribed can cause serious complications and result in unnecessary emergency room visits, hospital admissions and even premature death.
There are many factors than can contribute to poor medication adherence, but in a 2005 Harris poll, the most common factor cited was forgetfulness, which is especially common with medications for asymptomatic conditions.
Many people are so busy that they may either forget to take their medication or remember if they have taken them. By automatically keeping track of the interval between doses, the Rx Timer Cap® increases adherence and provides daily feedback to patients, making it much easier to take medications as prescribed.
Almost 25 percent of caregivers report problems with medication management. The Rx Timer Cap® lets patients and caregivers know exactly how long it has been since they took their last dose, preventing medication overdose and increasing safety by alerting patients when someone else has opened their medication.
In an independent study conducted with the cholesterol-lowering drug Niaspan, 10,000 patients were split into two groups. The test group was given medication in containers with the Rx Timer Cap® and the control group received their medication in containers with a standard cap. Over a 90-day period, patients in the test group with the Rx Timer Cap® experienced an astounding 33.9 percent increase in compliance with dosage instructions.
“By providing patients with this simple yet critical bit of information about when they last took their medication, the Rx Timer Cap® helps train our internal clocks as to when it is time to take the next medication,” said Richard Million Burke, Jr., Founder and President of Rx Timer Cap, LLC.
Thrifty White is the first retail pharmacy chain in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin and Iowa to offer the Rx Timer Cap® to its customers.
The Rx Timer Cap® replaces a regular vial cap and features a built-in LCD timer that automatically counts the minutes and hours since a patient last took their medication.