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Medication Synchronization

 

What is Med Sync?

Medication synchronization (med sync) allows patients to synchronize their medications in order to receive them on the same day, on a monthly basis, instead of making multiple visits to the pharmacy.

 

 

Status

Representative Eric Nelson (R-57) recently circulated a co-sponsor memo for a bill he plans to introduce that will allow for medication synchronization in Pennsylvania.

 

 

Why is Med Sync Important?

  • It is estimated that 21 percent of Americans use three or more medications and 10 percent take five or more medications. A study by Harvard Medical School found that when medications were not synchronized, patients had adherence rates that were 8.4% lower than patients for which medications were synchronized.
  • Poor medication adherence contributes to worse health outcomes and higher healthcare costs to individuals and the health care system as a whole. Non-adherence to medications accounts for 33% to 69% of medication-related hospital admissions and approximately 125,000 deaths annually in the United States. Poor medication adherence costs the U.S. healthcare system $290 billion annually – 13% of total healthcare expenditures.

 

How Does Med Sync Work?

1. Pharmacists review the patient’s prescription list to formulate a plan for synchronization.

 

2. The pharmacist then performs partial or short fills to synchronize to the determined recurring date. When appropriate, the pharmacist also schedules an appointment with the patient each month to discuss medications, related side effects, and any other health-related issues.

 

3. Patient picks up all prescriptions in one visit with his or her pharmacist.

 

 

What are the Benefits of Med Sync?

  • It eliminates repeated trips to the pharmacy each month, saving patients time and transportation costs.
  • It minimizes confusion over when a prescription is due to be filled and allows an opportunity for patient education on medication use.
  • It reduces disruption of treatment through delayed or missed refills.
  • It allows for greater pharmacist oversight to address potential contraindications, duplicate drug therapy, and errors.

 

Issue Brief

Click here for an issue brief on Med Sync.

 

 

Take Action

Click Here - Ask Your State Legislators to Support Med Sync!

 

 

Additional Resources

APhA Foundation - Align My Refills

 

NCPA Medication Synchronization Fact Sheet

 

NCPA on Medication Synchronization

 

NACDS Medication Synchronization Issue Brief

 

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