New packaging, labeling might improve Rx adherence

01/10/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Blister packaging labeled with the days of the week, pill bottle caps that give alerts and sound alarms when they are not opened on time, and clearer patient instructions are among the methods designed to increase prescription adherence. Patients who do not take their medications as prescribed are at higher risk for complications and expensive hospitalizations, and CMS reimbursement to health plans depends in part on refill rates for cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes drugs.

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