Nutrient depletion is an often overlooked side effect of some medications

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Pharmacist counts pills at MSU Health Care Pharmacy

June 22, 2021

Taking medication according to the prescribed dose, time, and frequency or medication adherence is an important part of managing overall health and chronic conditions. Patients might not take follow instructions on their medications as prescribed for multiple reasons: they may not understand the directions, have difficulty sticking to a routine, or have many prescriptions to manage. However, the consequences of this can be dire. Poor medication adherence can lead to increased risk of disease progression, life-threatening complications, hospitalization, lower quality of life, and even death. 

The MSU Pharmacy wants to make it as easy as possible for patients to understand their prescriptions and take them as directed, says Dr. Nicole Gargano, MSU Staff/Clinical Pharmacist. “It’s important to us that people don’t feel like they’re managing their medications alone.”

In addition to medical consultations speaking with pharmacists about your medications, curbside pickup, and delivery options, the MSU Pharmacy offers two special services to help patients with medication adherence: 

  • SyncRx is a program to synchronize align medication refill dates and is perfect for patients with chronic conditions that require multiple prescriptions. When medications are refilled at different times of the month, patients need to make more trips to the pharmacy and have an increased likelihood of missing a dose. SyncRx cuts down on pharmacy trips to save patients time and help them stay on track with their prescription schedules. Each month (or every 90 days), MSU Pharmacy staff will reviews the patient profile to ensure that all prescriptions are in stock, resolve any insurance issues, and prep all of the medications to be refilled at the same time. When prescriptions are ready, they can be picked up at the pharmacy or delivered to the patient, all at one time. Learn More

  • SpartanPak is a convenient and easy way to stay organized with medications. With SpartanPak, the MSU Pharmacy organizes all prescription and over-the-counter medications by day, time, and dose. Each SpartanPak is a single unit strip package, clearly labeled with when the medication should be taken and color-coded by time of day. The individual blister packs help patients avoid the worry of double-dosing or taking the wrong pill at the wrong time of day. Learn More

While these services are available for free to all patients, they are especially useful for MSU retirees. With the recent changes in insurance benefits, the MSU Pharmacy is still one of the preferred pharmacies on the plan and offers competitive pricing. For retirees that are in Michigan, prescriptions can be mailed free around the state, or locally delivered if within the delivery service area . “If there are barriers for patients taking their medications, we want them to know about services there are things out there that can help them,” Gargano said. “We hope to make patients’ lives as convenient as possible so they can get the full benefit of their medications to adhere to their medications.”

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