NCPA Sheds New Light on the Value of Med Synchronization Programs

Patients who opt-in to medication synchronization programs offered through their community pharmacy average more than 100 additional days on therapy per year and are 30% more likely to take their medication as prescribed than patients not enrolled in a synchronization program, according to the results of a new study conducted by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) released Wednesday morning. Other key findings from the study: • Patients enrolled in a medication synchronization program received an average of 3.4 more refills per prescription over a 12-month period than non-enrolled patients; • The average enrolled patient was taking 5.9 synchronized medications; • Participating pharmacies filled 20 more prescriptions per year on average for these patients; and • First-fill abandonment - prescriptions that are initially filled and never refilled despite having refills remaining - was reduced more than 90% for patients enrolled in the medication synchronization program. The NCPA study is the first study to look at a group of independent pharmacies that are not under common ownership and do not operate the same pharmacy management system. Related: See NCPIE’s Be Medicine Smart