Medication Dispensing is Now Available to Patients Before They Leave the Office

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To provide more convenient access to prescription medications, medical facilities are now offering patients instant medication fills before they leave the physician’s office from the fully automated system, InstyMeds.

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Using InstyMeds to get her son's prescription medication at Molina Medical.

The InstyMeds system increases the likelihood that the patient will fill their prescription and undergo the physician’s medical treatment plan.

In order to provide more convenient access to prescription medications, Molina Medical is now offering patients instant medication fills before they leave the physician’s office. A partnership with InstyMeds has enabled Molina to be one of the first medical groups in the country to offer fully automated on-site medication services to Medicaid managed care patients.

“Onsite medication dispensing services are rarely available in single or solo physician practices. Patients normally would only have access to prescription medications in a pharmacy as part of a larger medical complex setting,” said Gloria Calderon, Vice President of Clinic Operations for Molina Medical. “Our patients are challenged with finding fast and convenient pharmacy services, especially when they are ill or have ill children in tow.”

In order to access the new program, patients arrive for their physician appointment and are registered into the medication system where a sticker is affixed to their card. If the physician decides that the patient needs medicine for an acute condition, the physician offers the service to the patient, then electronically prescribes it and checks for drug interactions and allergies. The physician counsels the patient on the prescribed medicine and gives them a voucher with a unique security code. Before the patient leaves the medical office, the robotic system performs a triple bar code safety check, labels the drug in either Spanish or English, and dispenses the prescribed medication from the ATM-style dispenser for the patient.

“Studies show that between 20-30% of prescriptions that physicians write go unfilled,” said Brad Schraut, CEO of InstyMeds. ”The InstyMeds system increases the likelihood that the patient will fill their prescription and undergo the physician’s medical treatment plan.”

In a New England Journal of Medicine study, researchers reported that patients who fail to take their drugs results in hospital stays costing $100 billion a year – hospital stays that could have been averted.

“A large portion of our physicians’ time is spent educating the patient about an illness or disease and about the consequences of not taking prescribed medications. We believe that with the new medication system, patient compliance will be better,” said Rafael Amaro, M.D., Molina Medical Group Medical Director. “Our low income patients sometimes have difficulty finding reliable transportation to the pharmacy. Getting their medications here is easy and convenient. It will mean getting the first dose sooner and result in quicker improvement.”

Molina has installed medication dispensers in all of the Molina offices in California and Washington.

About Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: MOH) provides quality and cost-effective Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals and to assist state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. Our licensed health plans in California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington currently serve approximately 1.6 million members, and our subsidiary, Molina Medicaid Solutions, provides business processing and information technology administrative services to Medicaid agencies in Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia, and drug rebate administration services in Florida. More information about Molina Healthcare is available at http://www.molinahealthcare.com.    

About InstyMeds
InstyMeds provides the only fully automated, ATM-style physician dispensing system for outpatient prescription medication services. With well over one million prescription medications dispensed, InstyMeds’ mission is to make patients better, quicker, by providing immediate access to acute medications. For more information, call 1-866-467-8963 or visit http://www.instymeds.com.

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