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Multidose Packaging: The Easy Way to Remember Your Medications and Save Time and Money

By October 9, 2019October 30th, 2020Well-being
Pills next to a day-of-the-week medication organizer

Complicated dosing schedules, costly refills, and unwanted side effects are some of the unfortunate reasons many of us don’t take our prescriptions as prescribed by our doctors. For the average adult over 65, those reasons are multiplied by the increased number of medications they take each day.1

Fortunately, multidose packaging services can help. By filling, organizing, and shipping medications in single-dose packs, multidose packaging services can help patients remember to take their medication, lower their out-of-pocket costs, and reduce the number of trips they take to the pharmacy.

How Does Multidose Packaging Work?

A multidose packaging service fills multiple prescriptions, sorts the doses by day and time, and packs them into daily packages with clear instructions about when to take them. The service will also refill and package medications at the same time every month and ship them directly to patients’ homes — reducing trips to the pharmacy.

How Much Does Multidose Packaging Cost?

Typically, it is free to sign up for a multidose packaging service, and there is no cost beyond what you would normally pay for your prescriptions at a standard pharmacy.

If I Still Have Questions About My Medications, Can I Ask a Pharmacist?

Of course. You can always ask the pharmacist — at either your local pharmacy or through your multidose packaging service — any questions you may have about your medications.

Can I Get Insulin, Creams, or Other Medications That Are Not in Pill Form Filled Through a Multidose Packaging Service?

Yes. If you decide to use a multidose packaging service, they will be able to fill all your medications — even your creams or other medications that are not in pill form — but they will not be packed in a multidose package.

Do I Have to Get All My Medications in a Packet? What If I Want to Keep Some in Bottles?

You do not have to put all your medications in a packet. A multidose packaging service will be able to accommodate most requests you may have. For example, if you want a certain medication kept in a bottle because you don’t take it every day, the service will be able to do this. Medications available as inhalers, creams, or liquids may also be filled at these pharmacies, however they are not compatible with multidose packaging.

How Do I Sign Up for a Multidose Packaging Service?

There are many multidose packaging services available. Talk with your pharmacist and ask if they offer this service, or contact any of the following pharmacies:

  • ExactCare Pharmacy at 877-355-7225: ExactCare provides comprehensive reviews of your overall medication schedule and can even send representatives to your home to review your medication list and help to resolve any issues that they may find.
  • PillPack Pharmacy at 855-745-5725: PillPack is a full-service pharmacy designed around your life. It is owned by Amazon and provides the convenience of timely home deliveries and overall.
  • Centennial Pharmacy at 267-324-5347 (Greater Philadelphia area): Centennial CarePacks organize medication by date and time of dose and are securely sealed, clearly labeled, and pre-printed with reminders for things like liquids and inhalers. CarePacks are available at no extra cost and can be picked up in store or delivered to your home free of charge.

1 Adherence Issues in Elderly Patients, Pharmacy Times

Harshal Amin

I manage aspects of Independence’s Medicare Part D benefit and support clinical and quality improvement efforts. My goal is to help enhance the health and well-being of the communities that Independence serves.