MARSHALL - For people who have trouble remembering when to take their medicine, or if they took their medicine, help is available.
Thrifty White Pharmacy has introduced the RX Timer Cap, a digital timer in a cap that fits on all standard medicine containers and lets a patient know the last time the container was opened.
"It's a good tool to assure adherence," said Lori Wozniak, pharmacist at the Marshall Thrifty White Pharmacy. "It zeros every time the bottle is opened and counts down to 24 hours."
According to a study conducted in 2009 by the New England Healthcare Institute, a third to a half of all patients in the U.S. do not take their medications according to their physician's prescription.
"Non-adherence can lead to negative outcomes in terms of health, more patient visits to hospitals," said Aaron Jennissen, district pharmacy supervisor for Thrifty White. "Hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol are disease states which require constant monitoring and taking medication regularly to stay compliant. The point about adherence in general is it lowers total long-term healthcare spending and is critical to keeping costs down."
Wozniak cited heart and kidney failure and limb amputation as potential consequences of non-adherence for diabetics.
Thrifty White Pharmacy is offering a promotion for customers who sign up for their auto refill program, a free timer for each medication.