Written by: Morgan Bernard, PharmD, RPh, Long-Term Care Supervisor, Agnesian Pharmacy & Prescription Centers
With America’s aging population, it’s common for the average person to take four, five, 10 or even more medications daily. It can be easy to mix up bottles, forget to take a medication at the correct time, take an extra pill or forget to refill a medication before it runs out. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) web site, more than 95,000 incidences of medications errors were reported between 2000 and 2008. Whenever a patient takes multiple medications, the risk for these errors rises dramatically.
The best approach to avoiding medication errors is by packaging medications in a way that makes it easier for patients to comply with their medication schedule. That approach could be the use of bubble packs. With bubble packs, all medications are packaged together in one place so there are no bottles to mix up, and the packs are clearly labeled with the day and time, so it’s easy to see if a daily dose was taken or forgotten.
Once an individual is on a bubble pack program, medication will be delivered on a designated day each week.
- To get medication out of the pack, push the medication through the thin foil backing.
- The days of the week are labeled, as well as the times of the day.
- There will be a prescription label at the top of the card for each drug in the card. The label will have all the necessary information, as well as a physical description of the medication.
However, not every pharmacy offers this service. To find out more about bubble packing services offered by Agnesian Pharmacy & Prescription Centers, visit agnesianpharmacy.com or call (920) 324- 8703.