Calendar packaging improves medication adherence, researcher says

06/21/2011 | PharmaLive.com

Patients taking drugs dispensed from a calendar blister package adhere to medication regimens better than when the same drugs are dispensed from vials, a study by consulting firm Venebio found. "I can't think of anything simpler or lower cost than calendar blister packaging," said study co-author Dr. Barbara Zedler. Patients who don't take their medicines correctly cost the health care system about $290 billion in avoidable care, according to J. Lyle Bootman, dean and professor at the University of Arizona School of Pharmacy, and about half the patients on long-term prescriptions are nonadherent, a study cited in the Journal of Clinical Therapeutics found.

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