Over 10,000 pharmacies join medication synchronization plan

Pharmacies begin medication adherence plan | Courtesy of abcnews.go.com

Pfizer, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the National Community Pharmacists Association have partnered to create a program for medication synchronization to aid patients who need more than one prescription to be refilled each month.

Over 10,000 pharmacies use the Appointment-based Model (ABM), also known as med sync, to refill medications for patients with chronic conditions. 

Pharmacists using ABM coordinate refills for the same day of every month, making it easier for patients to remember to get their prescriptions. This also reduces the number of trips the patient needs to make to the pharmacy, and instead of calling the pharmacy for multiple refills, patients can meet one-on-one with pharmacists to discuss their medications on a monthly basis.

These changes have been made in light of a recent study by Virginia Commonwealth University that showed the average patient skips approximately five refills for chronic medications over a period of 12 months. In addition, the APhA states that an estimated one-third of patients on regular medications skip doses because they are out of pills before they can refill their prescriptions.