1. Free Pharmacy App: Most pharmacies now have a smart phone app available for download. Most of the apps on the market today make reordering your prescriptions a lot easier. Instead of calling in or even going online all you have to do is open the app on your phone and either type in the RX number or scan the barcode on the bottle. Utilizing an app with take something that use to be a hassle and make it literally a “less than 30 second” process.
2. How do you want to be notified: Pharmacies now have the ability to notify you when your prescriptions are ready in many different ways. Phone call, text or email. The newest way being via text message. Utilizing this service can really cut down on wasted trips to the pharmacy to see if your medications are ready. Let you pharmacy know how you want to be contacted. If your pharmacy doesn’t offer any of these services specifically “Text notifications” then I would consider switching to a more technologically updated pharmacy.
3. Sync: I know, What the heck does that mean. If you are on multiple medications or you take care of someone who is then I don’t have to ask you how many times a month you go to the pharmacy to pick up medications. What we refer to as “Sync” is where we fill all of your or your family’s medications at the same time each month. We assign you and your family a specific staff member that you will specifically interact with each month. This will cut down the number of trips to the pharmacy and help make dealing with your medications a little easier. If your pharmacy doesn’t offer this service or says they do but it never works out then I would consider switching pharmacies.
4. Dlivery: Delivery services can make a huge difference in someones life. Some people can’t get out and can’t pick up their medications. Sometimes the pharmacy is not open when patients get off work. Most pharmacies offer a delivery service….. and yes you can tip the delivery driver if you want but it is not required or expected.
5. Online refills and profile access: Have you ever called your pharmacy to get a list of your prescription expenses for your taxes?Yes you have, but did you know that you can now print those at home by logging into your pharmacy profile. Most pharmacies now have online refill request and where you can go into your medication profile from home and print reports.
6. Compliance Packaging: Okay so this one is gonna be hard to understand. If you or a loved one takes multiple medications a day we can package them in what I like to describe as a pre-filled med planner. We first “Sync” your medications then we package them based one date and time. This packaging can help manage medication and increases compliance. This description did not do this program justice so please visit our website www.economypharmacy.com for a more complete picture.
7. Compounding: Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are made based on your physician’s prescription in which individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the physician to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs. For example we can make Hormone Creams, Pain Creams, Topical Gels, etc….
8. Auto-refill: You pharmacy has the ability to set your medications up to be filled when they are due. This will eliminate you having to call in for refills. We can also set it up to notify you via phone call, test or email when your medications are ready.
Chris Schiller, PharmD