About 1.5M Americans Sickened, Injured, Killed By Medication Errors Each Year
Seniors, who comprise 13% of the U.S. population, currently take 40% of all drugs prescribed -- more medications than any other age group. The medication mismanagement epidemic includes adverse drug reactions, polypharmacy dangers (the use of multiple prescription drugs simultaneously) and noncompliance (failure or refusal to properly take prescribed medications). The effects are staggering:
-- Adverse drug reaction is estimated as the 4th largest cause of death amongst the elderly
-- Medication errors have been documented to cost the U.S. healthcare system in excess of $177.4 billion
-- 28% of geriatric hospitalizations are attributed to adverse reactions to prescription drugs
-- The average elderly person takes 4-6 different prescriptions a day and refills their prescriptions 12-17 times a year; it is estimated that 15-20% of these prescriptions are not needed
For many seniors, significant medication mismanagement stems from difficulties with organizing and administering necessary medications on a daily basis. "Studies repeatedly demonstrate that most patients do not take their medications as prescribed. A significant cause of this noncompliance is the complexity of the dosage regimens that patients are expected to follow," says Dr. Craig K. Svensson, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Dean of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences.
DailyMed, a revolutionary pharmacy dispensing system, provides a safe, effective solution to the dangers of medication mismanagement-making it easier to comply with prescriptions, better manage health conditions and improve patient outcomes.
"DailyMed is a significant solution to the challenges of medication management. Our system makes it safer and easier to take medications correctly-resulting in an improved quality of life for patients and caregivers alike," says Marvin R. Richardson, Arcadia HealthCare President and CEO. "While developing this product, we became increasingly aware of the needs of the 'Sandwich Generation' -- adults caring for both their children and their parents. A primary concern of dual caregivers is the complicated medication regimens their elderly parents are being asked to follow. DailyMed provides patients and caregivers a time-saving, accurate solution, as well as peace of mind."
DailyMed transfers prescriptions, over the counter medications and vitamins and organizes them into pre-sorted packets clearly marked with the date and time they should be taken. The streamlined dispensing system enables DailyMed pharmacists to review a patient's entire drug profile, check that prescription combinations are safe and make recommendations to improve drug effectiveness. The entire 30-day supply is delivered to the patient or caregiver's home in a convenient dispensing box.
For patients who take several medications at the same time each day, DailyMed will package these prescriptions in one packet. Each packet is assigned and printed with a specific time category (i.e., Breakfast, Morning, Lunch, Dinner or Bedtime), as well as the name and physical description of the contents.
DailyMed can be ordered by patients or a designated family member or caregiver. The first month of DailyMed service is free of charge; thereafter, DailyMed is $15 per month.