How pharma packaging innovation is helping pharmacists boost medicine adherence

Research shows that many patients who are prescribed medication do not comply with adherence advice. However, innovative medication packaging is making medication adherence simpler for patients and pharmacists.

Research shows that many patients who are prescribed medication do not comply with adherence advice. However, innovative medication packaging is making medication adherence simpler for patients and pharmacists. For example, "smart" blister packs utilize a built-in microchip to capture use-related data and remind patients when their next dose of medicine is due. Pharmacists can also access the data collected from these packs to see a patient's medicine-taking behavior at home. Although technology is useful, face-to-face conversations are essential in equipping patients with the knowledge to benefit from adherence devices. Additionally, since every individual has a different amount of digital knowledge, a pharmacist must approach each patient individually to consider what product will best help them.