What is Medication Synchronization?
Medication synchronization, also called med sync, is a program we offer at A Nice Apothecary pharmacy to help synchronize your medication refills so that you can pick up all your medications on the same day each month. If you prefer this method, you’re not alone, 98% of consumers find it more convenient to have prescriptions filled using medication synchronization services.
Example of Medication Synchronization
A patient takes multiple medications due to a complex condition. Unfortunately, their busy schedule makes it challenging to keep up with picking up refills when one or more prescriptions run out, leading to them missing doses and having gaps between ending and starting new fills. They consult with their doctor about this issue during a visit, and the doctor recommends medication synchronization.
The patient takes their doctor’s advice and joins their pharmacy’s med sync program. The pharmacy adjusts refill dates so that the patient can pick up all medications on the same day each month, reducing visits to the pharmacy. This significantly benefits the patient’s medication regimen, allowing them to take their prescription on time consistently.
How Can Medication Synchronization Help Me?
Medication synchronization increases medication adherence and how well you follow your prescription (taking it on time, in the correct dose, consistently). In fact, 80% of consumers are more likely to take their medications after discussions with pharmacy staff through medication synchronization services. When you can be consistent with your medication, it benefits your health and achieves the ultimate prescription goals.
Several programs have shown medication synchronization to be a successful tactic in medication adherence. In a research study, 97.8% of participants who engaged in medication synchronization complied with their medication regimen, whereas only 70% of those without medication synchronization did so. As a result, it was found that adherence is 19.8 times greater when prescription synchronization is applied.
The main benefits studies have found for med syncing include improved medication use, improved pharmacy operations, and improved patient satisfaction. Another benefit of medication synchronization is that you can work more closely with your pharmacist to stay consistent with your medication regimen. You can share the hurdles you’ve experienced in keeping up with your medications, and your pharmacist can work with you to come up with a solution. Along with syncing your refill pickups to the same day, your pharmacist can recommend refill reminders via text to make staying consistent with your medication easier.