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Packaging Clues Needed

Monday, March 19th, 2012

After counterfeit Avastin surfaced in February, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reminded nurses, pharmacists, and doctors to remain vigilant when procuring and dispensing medications. Packaging and labeling play key roles in that vigilance. But do you give these professionals enough clues to go by? In its March 8 newsletter, ...

Consider the Point of Consumption

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

We often talk about making packaging more interesting at the point of sale (POS) to drive patient/consumer interest, but I just heard a better point for you to consider: the "Point of Consumption (POC)." Michael Nieuwesteeg, managing director of the Netherlands Packaging Centre (NVC), who joined me to co-moderate the ...

Study Points To Value Of Calendar Packaging

Friday, June 24th, 2011

A study of patient refill behavior to be published this month in Clinical Therapeutics shows modest--but significant--adherence improvements in patients using calendar blister packaging (CBP). A Pharmacoepidemiologic Analysis of the Impact of Calendar Packaging On Adherence to Self-Administered Medications for Long-Term Use reports on an analysis of pharmacy claims data from ...

Medicaid Compliance Study Shows Value of Packaging, Intervention

Monday, April 25th, 2011

A new study of patients in a community-based Medicaid program shows the benefit of a collaborative approach--one that involves packaging and personal outreach--for improving patients' persistence with their medications. Reported in last month's The American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, the study evaluates the impact of Medicine-On-Time's medication management system on nursing ...

Web Chat: More than One Million Pills Seized

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

FDA released its strategic goals and long-term objectives yesterday, covering food, drugs, medical devices, biologics, animal drugs, and tobacco. To no surprise, its plan for protecting public health includes supply-chain issues: Secure the global supply chain to ensure that drugs are being manufactured and distributed to conform to established quality standards. Improve ...

Packaging Can Make a Difference

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I was excited to see packaging being employed in a pilot program involving transitional care. We reported in our daily newsletter that Cleveland Clinic will be using Arcadia's DailyMed program to see whether it can reduce readmissions and improve the health status of discharged patients. According to the report, DailyMed ...

Searching for a Different Sort of “Child Resistance”?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Prescription drug abuse is being discussed more widely these days, especially such abuse among teens. As the mother of a "tween" and with grandma living with us, I am thinking more and more about it. Can packaging help? Interestingly, one potential solution is featured in the video, "A Guide to Prescription ...

Still No Discussion of Packaging

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Today I came across two different stories on the emerging roles that pharmacists are playing in medication therapy management. We received a press release from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on its participation in the U.S. Senate Health Fair last week in Washington, DC, and later on ...

Pharmacists Worry about Gray Markets

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently surveyed pharmacists and other healthcare practitioners about drug shortages, and the results are startling. These shortages often put patients at risk as they wait for needed doses, or they are given alternatives that could present a whole new set of risks. The survey spawned ...

Could Drug Take-Back Programs Be Taking Away from You?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

This Saturday (September 25) is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and the Drug Enforcement Administration has organized collections at more than 3400 sites nationwide. The event is intended to give patients a safe means of disposing of unwanted drugs that minimizes the risk of those drugs reappearing in the ...