Working as a Registered Nurse in the healthcare industry for over 20 years I know the importance of medication administration so I’ve partnered with the American Pharmacists Association Foundation to bring you this important information.
Did you know missed or skipped doses of medication is the cause for 125,000 deaths every year and account for 10 to 25% of hospital and nursing home admissions? I can attest as a Nurse non-compliance/ non-adherence of medication as prescribed is one of the top complaints from my fellow nurses regarding their patients.
What’s important to understand is when your physician/doctor prescribes medication to you it is your responsibility to take it Exactly as he or she prescribes it to you. In Nursing school I was taught the five R’s or Rights of medication administration.
- Right patient
- Right drug
- Right dose
- Right route
- Right time
Following these simple rules every time ensures their are no mistakes when administering/taking medication. In many cases your doctor may prescribe you an antibiotic to take twice daily for 14 days. In this scenario you should take the prescribed antibiotic everyday at the same time until all of the medicine is gone. It doesn’t mean if on day 10 if you’re feeling better you should stop taking the antibiotic; to do so is being non-compliant of the medication as prescribed.
There are a number of reasons why patients don’t take their medications as prescribed, some simply forget. 1/3 of patients who take regular medications miss doses because they run out before filling their prescriptions. To help patients better plan their medication regimen, the American Pharmacists Association Foundation encourages patients to participate in a med sync. program.
Medication Synchronization or Med Sync programs are a courtesy of your pharmacist who is an integral part of your healthcare team and here to help you. Patients find the Med Sync program to be beneficial not only for them but for family members too. Click here to find a local Med Sync program in your area. If you cannot find a program in your area talk to your pharmacist about ways to streamline your medication regime.
Med Sync Program
- pharmacist reviews all of your medications
- pharmacist consults with you and your doctor and makes any needed changes or adjustments
- pharmacist proactively refills your medication on time
Through the American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s program Align My Refills, patients can find pharmacies offering a Med Sync program in their community as well as helpful information about medication adherence and best practices to help stick to a prescription medication regimen.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation.