October is “Talk About Your Medicines” Month – Let’s Get In Sync

This October and beyond, as a key focus of our 29th annual “Talk About Your Medicines” Month, NCPIE is partnering with longtime member, the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, on the launch of a comprehensive consumer education campaign encouraging patients and caregivers to explore opportunities to engage with pharmacists providing ongoing medication counseling and medication synchronization (sync) services by making multiple medicine refills available at the same time each month or other designated timeframe. Medication synchronization is achieved by using a new patient care service called the Appointment Based Model (ABM) which is designed to improve patients’ adherence to medications and build efficiencies in pharmacy operations. When utilizing ABM, Pharmacists and pharmacy staff are able to perform a regularly scheduled review of all medications each month, which provides the opportunity to identify therapeutic and adherence issues that patients may be encountering. Research is demonstrating that this model is helping to achieve better health outcomes due to improved adherence to their medicines, particularly for patients who are experiencing multiple chronic health conditions, seeing one or more doctors and/or other healthcare professionals and are therefore taking multiple medicines to manage these health conditions. All of this helps put the focus of the patient at the center of the “healthcare team.” NCPIE created “Talk About Your Medicines” Month in 1986 as an annual observance to call attention to the need to stimulate and improve communication of information to promote safe and appropriate medicine use between consumers and their healthcare providers. “Talk About Your Medicines” Month is also intended to focus attention annually on the value that better medicine communication can play in promoting better medicine use and better health outcomes. By design, “Talk About Your Medicines” Month messaging is “evergreen” in the sense that key messages can be used throughout the year.