Samaritan Center Now Offering Packaged Medication for Safer Patient Use
Good Samaritan Behavioral Health patients now have safer access to their medications. Thanks to the collaboration between the Samaritan Center and Genoa, a QOI HC Company, patients’ prescriptions are safely packaged for each daily use in bubble packs. This specialized service for the behavior health population is one-on-one and not typically seen in a standard pharmacy setting.
The bubble packs can be used for any age of patient and are offered when a patient would benefit in having medication
packaged to be more convenient for them. They are also beneficial for clients who struggle with compliance by preventing them from taking an additional dose or not taking the medicine at all because they think they already took it.
The packs are especially helpful for younger patients. The patient’s therapist or parent can request that the child’s medication be placed in bubble packs. In the packs, each dose is sorted by day and time to take the medication. “We see many parents requesting these packs for their children to take to school,” said Drennon Lyon, CMC Consumer Medical Coordinator for Genoa. “It is easier for the school nurse to have everything ready each day and eliminates the hazard of a student bringing a pill bottle to school or even forgetting to bring their medication at all.”
The medication packs can even be delivered directly to the patients’ home. “We have seen that providing prescriptions to our younger patients in a pack is improving medication adherence, and is safer and more convenient for everyone,” said Shari Seyer, Operations Manager for the Willows, Riverfront and Buntin Samaritan Center offices. “Having their medications already sorted for each day decreases confusion for both the family and the schools.”
The packaging Genoa uses for each of the packets are perforated for easier use when patients are on-the-go and for social activities. One pack contains a seven-day supply of medications and each bubble provides:
- Patient’s name
- Date and day of week medication should be taken
- List of medications in each bubble
- Color coordination for time of day to be taken
- Detailed with a medication listing at the top of each card, including:
- Directions from prescriber
- Description of drug shape/color/imprint
- Number of pills in each bubble
This service is now being offered at The Willows in Vincennes, and at the Samaritan Center locations in Washington, Petersburg and Loogootee for pediatric behavioral health patients. “Having these bubble packs available to our patients is just another service we offer that is beneficial to families,” said Liesl Wingert, Director of Outpatient Operations. “We want to make sure we are always working toward meeting the needs of the community to ensure patients receive and take their medications and stay healthy.”
The Samaritan Center hopes to offer this service in all of their locations to help more patients. To learn more about the Samaritan Center or the medication bubble packs for patients, call 812-886-6800.