IRONTON — Nearly 100,000 seniors 65 and older are hospitalized annually for unintended medication overdoses, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention study. King’s Daughters Family Pharmacy has an answer — weekly medication packs available in Ironton and Ashland.
In an effort to combat the unintended medication overdoses, which affects the senior population, which affects half of those that are 80 or older, according to CDC reports, King’s Daughters Family Pharmacy is offering the weekly medication packs to help patients manage medication intake effectively.
Jason Baier, pharmacist of Kings Daughter Family Pharmacy, said the goal is to assist patients who have multiple prescriptions.
“Basically, out of our Kings Daughter Family Pharmacy in Ironton, we are targeting people with multi-drug therapies, those who are taking multiple medications, because it is hard keeping up with four of five prescriptions that you have to take throughout the day at different times,” Baier said. “So, what we want to do with this free service is we pack those up and like the normal medication planners that you would see that are used, we pack those up in seven days a week, its morning, noon, evening, bedtime. We set those up, and deliver them to the patient’s home, or they can pick them up at the pharmacy. If they live in Kentucky they can even pick them up at our Ashland location, but we do deliver up to a 50 mile radius.”
The services include prescriptions and over-the-counter medication, including vitamins and nutritional supplements, can be filled into the weekly medication pack. The packs are filled in seven-day sheets in cycles of 28 days, and the services are free. Anyone in need of a medication packets between Jackson, Ohio and Moorhead, Kentucky are eligible for delivery.
“I think it is a great service, because a lot of the elderly patients have to have someone else in the family to take care of their medications, and make sure that they are filled on time, and make sure that their med packs are correct,” he said.” It takes a lot of time and effort. So that way, when they come to visit they don’t have to sit and do all of these things, they can actually enjoy their time with their loved one.”
With the free service, normal changes for medications apply, according to Baier.
Patients meet with a pharmacist, who provides a free consultation about the program and can arrange for prescriptions being filled at other pharmacies to be transferred to the King’s Daughters pharmacy. A pharmacist prepares the packs and patients can pick up the packs or choose to have them delivered at no cost. Prescriptions that are written as “take as needed” are not included in the weekly packs.
All prescription bottles are kept at the pharmacies.
“We keep the prescription bottles at the pharmacy and we contact the physician directly for refills if the patient so chooses,” he said.
Weekly medication packs are especially valuable to patients with specific needs who have difficulty managing medications, who take multiple medications on varying schedules, Baier said.
Additionally, the weekly packs can help support patients with specific needs, those who get confused and those who travel with medication.
For more information call 740-237-4922 or 606-324-0092. King’s Daughters Family Pharmacy in Ironton is located at 912 Park Ave., Suite 105. Family Pharmacy in Ashland is on the first floor of Medical Plaza B, 613 23rd St., Ashland. Parking is available across 23rd Street in the outpatient lot.
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