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Survey: Med Synchronization Programs Improve Adherence

Magazine article Drug Topics

Survey: Med Synchronization Programs Improve Adherence

Article excerpt

A new national survey found that nearly 75% of patients enrolled in medication synchronization programs said the programs helped them improve their overall medication adherence.

The survey, announced by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), also found that eight out of 10 patients enrolled in such programs found them helpful in managing their refills.

"NCPA has made med-sync programs such as Simplify My Meds a priority because they are truly a win-win-win situation for patients, payers, and pharmacists alike," said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "These survey results and marketing tools will help put community pharmacists in a better position to sign up more patients for med-sync programs for better health and less stress."

Findings

Conducted in July 2014 by Langer Research Associates, the survey comprised random-sample telephone interviews with more than 1,000 ongoing medication users 40 years of age and older. The margin of error was 3.5.

The survey found:

* Among patients participating in medication synchronization programs, 83% find them "extremely or very" helpful in managing their medication refills.

* Of patients enrolled in synchronization programs, 74% said the programs help them improve their overall medication adherence. …

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