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Thrifty White Drug introduces Rx Timer Cap to improve patient medication adherence [UPDATED]

Published 10:13am Monday, October 1, 2012 Updated 12:42pm Monday, October 1, 2012

Thrifty White Pharmacy, an employee-owned drugstore chain with more than 80 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana and Wisconsin announced today that they have introduced the Rx Timer Cap.

The Rx Timer Cap is a patented smart cap with a built-in LCD timer that fits the same standard vials used in pharmacies across the country. Thrifty White will give away a free Rx Timer Cap for each medication customers enroll in their Ready Refill or Medication Synchronization programs. These Thrifty White programs increase patient convenience by making sure refills for maintenance medications are filled ahead of time and ready when the patient needs them. Additional Rx Timer Caps may be purchased at any Thrifty White location.

Retail pharmacies like Thrifty White are on the front line of healthcare, seeing patients more often than any other healthcare provider.

Taking maximum advantage of that fact, Thrifty White is ‘moving the needle’ on medication adherence with strategies that leverage pharmacist counseling with innovative pharmacy programs. Thrifty White’s Ready Refill, Medication Synchronization, HealthyPackRx and simple cost-effective tools including Rx Timer Cap engage patients in their care and give them ongoing daily feedback on how they are doing.

“The number one problem in treating illness today is patient failure to take prescription medication correctly, regardless of age.” said Tanya Schmidt, Pharm.D., R.Ph. “Our stores receive several calls a day asking ‘what should I do if I forgot to take my medication?’”

The Rx Timer Cap is a simple, easy-to-use device that fits on the original prescription bottle, replacing the standard cap with one incorporating a digital LCD readout.

The technology behind the display works like a simple stopwatch counting up the hours and minutes since the container was last opened to tell patients exactly how long it has been since their last dose.

Unlike medication reminders and medication alerts, Rx Timer Cap activation is automatic and foolproof since there are no alarms to program, no buttons to press and no instructions to read. The mere act of opening and closing the container resets the patented pill timer.

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