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MINNEAPOLIS -- PrairieStone Pharmacy, a retail pharmacy chain that leases space in supermarkets such as Lund's and Byerly's yesterday introduced a retail drug packaging solution that pre-sorts multiple prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins into single-dose packets.
Called Daily Med, the packaging was developed in response to growing concerns and alarming statistics related to Americans' failure to follow prescription drug regimens. The program is up and running in PrairieStone pharmacies located within Lunds Markets and Byerly's units.
"There's a real health care crisis taking place all across America, and it's called non-compliance," said Marvin Richardson, R.Ph., president and c.e.o. of PrairieStone Pharmacy. "DailyMed is the only retail drug packaging solution in the nation that addresses this crisis with an inexpensive, easy-to-use, and effective solution that pre-sorts a patient's medications into single dose packets. With DailyMed, we can finally say goodbye to all those pill bottles and those confusing pill sorters."
According to Richardson, the average American between the ages of 65 and 69 takes an estimated 14 different prescription medications each year. That number increases to 18 different prescriptions for Americans between the ages of 80 and 84. And according to the National Council on Patient Information and Education, the average number of annual prescriptions per elderly person is estimated to reach 38.5 by 2010.
"The problem isn't just non-compliance in and of itself," said Richardson. "The problem is what that non-compliance leads to--hospital admissions, nursing home admissions, increased health care costs, and even death. The problem is that no one is addressing medication mismanagement. The problem is a failure on the part of retail pharmacy as a whole to provide better patient outcomes. By simply changing how we package medications, PrairieStone Pharmacy is mitigating many of these problems and providing a long-awaited and life-changing solution."
The goal of DailyMed is to improve the lives of patients who use the dispensing system as well as the lives of their caregivers. It does this not only by making it easier for patients to take their medications and thereby better manage their health conditions, but also by allowing PrairieStone pharmacists to review their entire drug profile and identify drug interactions, lower cost alternatives, or duplicate therapies.
DailyMed is approved by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and is available in most states by calling (800) 973-1955.