There are some disturbing statistics in the United States
regarding prescription medications. Medication misuse costs
the healthcare system $177 Billion and kills more than 218,000
Americans annually. Compliance reports suggest between half
and two-thirds of prescribed medications are taken at the wrong
time, skipped periodically or stopped prematurely.
With these types of statistics, pharmacists have an opportunity
to make a difference. For the past 50 years Streu's Pharmacy
has been adapting and changing to make a difference in the lives of
their patients. In the early 90's increasing medication
compliance was a focus area for the pharmacy.
Forgetting to take a dose, taking the wrong medication, not
following the doctor's instructions on the label all can lead to
unnecessary trips to the hospital. For many seniors not being
able to properly manage their own medications often leads to
admissions to assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
To help keep our patients independent we introduced
Medicine-On-Time to the Green Bay area. This unique packaging
system puts all of a patient's daily medication into cards that are
color coded by the dose time. This system has increased
compliance rates to 95.7%. One of the great luxuries of the
program is that refills are automatic and delivered right to your
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