The Pharmacy Counter Unveils a New Patient Education Program and Robotics Technology to Reduce Medication Errors
posted on: 11/28/2011
Only an estimated 50 percent of patients typically follow doctors’ orders when taking prescription drugs – World Health Organization
TOLEDO, Ohio, July 13, 2011 – The Pharmacy Counter (TPC) is the first pharmacy program in the area to offer a new, state-of-the-art robotics system that was developed to reduce medication errors and help people remember to take their medications on schedule. It’s called RxMap® which is a customized punch card system that organizes a single patient’s pills into one handy and easy-to-use package. Each card contains a seven-day supply of medicine that is pre-sorted by time of day and day of the week. Failure to take medications as prescribed is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
“Our goal is to improve medication adherence by helping people remember to take the right medication at the right time, based on their doctor’s orders,” says Dennis Newsom, TPC president. “This new tool is especially helpful for people with confusing and complex medication regimens.”
TPC is only the second community pharmacy in the country with this new automated tool. For $10 a month, patients who enroll in the program will receive regular guidance from a pharmacist who will work with their physician to assess the medication regimen and dosing schedule, follow-up consultations, monthly refill reminders and free delivery.
The punch card is small enough to carry in a purse or fit into a pocket. Its sealed, tamper-evident package makes it easy for RxMap® users and caregivers to tell if medication has been taken. In addition, some cards are color-coded to make it easier for patients to know when to take their prescription drugs.
RxMap® is produced by MTS, an international provider of medication adherence packaging systems designed to improve medication dispensing and administration. MTS manufactures automated packaging machines and related consumables for prescription medications and nutritional supplements. It serves approximately 9,000 pharmacies worldwide and developed the first automated packaging machine to fill and seal medications into punch cards. It now has a product line that includes more than 20 packaging machines and 50 types of consumable products.
For more information about the RxMap® program or to find a TPC location near you, call 419-473-1493.