A simple solution for taking your medication as prescribed
Approximately 69 million Americans take three or more prescriptions per month, requiring multiple trips to the pharmacy. Many consumers say they miss doses of their medication because they forget to refill their prescription before they run out.
Missed or skipped doses of medication cause 125,000 deaths every year and account for 10 to 25 percent of hospital and nursing home admissions.
You can reduce your trips to the pharmacy and improve your ability to take medications as prescribed through medication synchronization (med sync) programs now being offered by some pharmacies. Med sync allows you to pick up of all of your ongoing prescription refills at the pharmacy on a single, convenient day each month and work closely with your pharmacist on sticking to your medication regimen.
Be sure to ask your pharmacist if the pharmacy's med sync program includes a proactive call a week before each of your appointments or “sync date” at the pharmacy to review your synchronized medications, and make sure he or she is aware of any additions, changes, or deletions to your medications. Keeping your pharmacist aware of any changes to your medications resulting from doctor or hospital visits is important in maintaining optimal results from your prescriptions. Your pharmacy will then proactively refill your medications, relieving worries of missed refills or running out of your medications. You will build a relationship with your pharmacist that will help you take your medications properly and regularly, which leads to overall better health. Your appointment is also an ideal time to review other pharmacy-provided health services with your pharmacist, such as a review of your vaccine history to schedule any missing or due vaccinations.
Med sync is especially helpful for people who take multiple, monthly medications such as those with chronic illness or the elderly, as well as caregivers or family members responsible for helping them manage their prescription refills.
What is Medication synchronization?
Medication synchronization is a simple service where the pharmacy coordinates your prescription refill schedule so you can pick up all of your medications at once. See how a med sync program works and get answers to frequently asked questions.
Benefits to Patients and Caregivers
Medication adherence is a major issue in this country. Med sync programs offer multiple benefits to patients and their loved ones or caregivers that improve their ability to take their medication as directed.
Locate a Pharmacy
Use our locator map to identify a pharmacy near you offering a med sync program or ask your local pharmacist.
Align My Refills is an initiative of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation. Discover resources from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and other partnering organizations that can help you take your medications as prescribed.
1CDC FastStats 2012 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/drugs.htm
U.S. Census Bureau 2013 U.S. population estimate http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html