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Managing Prescriptions Made Easy With These Trending Apps

August 2, 2017: Technology is everywhere we look, does society really need another app? While some may say no, over three and a half million people are finding the benefit to using apps when it comes to managing prescriptions.  And this is where you, their pharmacist comes in.

Your patients come to you for a variety of reasons but one is because of the individual care and attention you provide. It is no secret that independent pharmacies are up against a rock and a hard place so it is vital for you to stay current, fresh and anticipate the next product your patients are looking for.   If this product helps them keep their medications organized and takes the hassle out of managing multiple prescriptions, you will be doing them a huge favor.

“Studies show that taking 5 or more medications increases the risk of errors”.

Keeping track of prescriptions may not be the hardest task and an app may not be the solution for everyone but there are plenty of people who have adopted the “work smarter, not harder” mentality and will download a new app in a flash!

MyTherapy a tech, medical and health company has launched an app that sends the user reminder when it is time to take their prescription.  “Whether it’s medications, measurements or exercise, MyTherapy’s reminders are reliable so you won’t miss a thing again. MyTherapy gives you peace of mind so you can focus on the other important things in life”.  This app sends reminders, communicates with caregivers, and allows the user to include family members for additional support.  It also tracks the health of the patient and provides a visual of their treatment patterns to be discussed with the caregiver.

A second app making waves has integrated functionality to let the pill bottle cap do the talking.  Medisafe, headquartered in Boston stands firmly behind their mission that “people should have the tools, support, and information they need to take their medications the way they’re supposed to”.  Like MyTherapy MediSafe app allows the user to keep their prescriptions organized and reminds them to take them while having a place to track their progress and connect with their caregivers.  They have partnered with iCap™, “A wireless Bluetooth cap for prescription pill bottles that works in conjunction with the Medisafe app and allows patients and caregivers accurately track when pill bottles are opened to help determine whether medications are taken or missed”.

Whether you think your patients could benefit from this technology or not it surely can’t do any harm knowing that these tools are out there.   The next time one of your regulars expresses their doctor just increased their prescription count and they are now finding it tough to organize and remember to take them, you will be right there with a suggestion to help!

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Drug Pricing Reform

18 Senators Ask Trump to Help Lawmakers Bring Down Drug Pricing

Senators to Trump: Make Prescription Drug Pricing Reform a Priority

In a letter dated December 20, 2016, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Al Franken (D-MN) asked President-elect Trump to help lawmakers bring down prescription drug prices. The letter was co-signed by 18 other senators, including Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

The letter to President-Elect Trump begins, “During your campaign, you promised to implement bold reforms to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. In fact, you acknowledged that ‘Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America’.” The letter goes on the say that Trump supported allowing consumers’ access to imported, safe, and dependable drugs from overseas and vowed to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for seniors.

The letter also states that drug companies often engage in abusive tactics that price lifesaving drugs out of reach for those in need. The Senators tell Trump that it is time to enact policies that improve transparency and competition in the commercial market and make the government a smarter purchaser of prescription drugs. (Hey, Trxade advocates for transparency, competition, and smarter pharma purchases, too!)

The letter continues with the following five administrative and legislative actions (the letter details each one) that Trump can take in partnership with both parties in Congress:
1. Give the Secretary of HHS the authority to negotiate drug prices
2. Increase transparency
3. Stop abusive pricing
4. Protect and incentivize true innovation
5. Ensure true competition

The letter concludes by asking Trump to prioritize prescription drug pricing reform while in office.

Click here to read the full letter, complete with the Senators’ signatures:

PDF Download Letter Link: Senator Letter to Trump

Letter to President Elect Donald J. Trump

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Pharmacy Marketing Resources

5 Free Resources for Marketing your Community Pharmacy in the New Year

Looking to enhance your marketing efforts for your independent pharmacy in 2017?

Here are 5 free tools to get you started on the right foot:

MailChimp

Engage your patients and customers on a regular basis with email communications. MailChimp is completely free for up to 2000 subscribers and then plans start at only $20 per month. And it’s super easy to use! Create visually appealing, mobile phone-friendly messages in no time.

Email and eNewsletter topics could include weekly promotions, store events, health and wellness tips, medication reviews, customer testimonials, and nutritional advice. Placing your pharmacy’s information in your customers’ inboxes will keep your pharmacy top-of-mind. And offering special incentives, such as email-only coupon codes, will ensure your customers are reading your messages!

MailChimp

Canva

Want to design visually appealing flyers, presentations, thank-you cards, social media graphics, and email graphics without having to learn a complex graphic design program? Canva was designed for you, the non-designer! Canva makes it quick and easy to design and customize your own documents, social media posts, infographics, event flyers, and even internet ad graphics! It’s completely free and royalty-free images are only $1!

Canva is the perfect tool for making your email communications stand out and look professional. Design a custom branded email header, special ad promotions, and custom email graphics in no time. The professional look and feel of your communications will make your pharmacy stand out in the eyes of your target audience.

Canva

Pexels and Pixabay

Speaking of royalty-free images, check out the thousands of photographs and images available on Pexels and Pixabay! All image downloads are completely free, though donations are appreciated.

Don’t risk using a copyrighted image in your promotions. You’ll be amazed at how creative you’ll feel and how professional your pharmacy’s image will be by using the high quality images found on these sites.

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Survey Monkey

Wish you had more customer feedback? Develop and deploy simple customer satisfaction surveys for free on Survey Monkey. Upgrades are available that enable additional analytics but the free version gives you the ability to create a simple 10-question survey that can be distributed on your pharmacy’s website, in your email communications, or on your social media profiles.

Take advantage of Survey Monkey’s survey templates. The Customer Satisfaction Survey template includes great questions, such as: ‘How likely are you to refer our pharmacy to a friend?’ and ‘Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with our pharmacy?’. Consider offering an incentive to increase your response rate, like a special coupon or a gift card for your pharmacy.

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Hootsuite

You know you should be managing a presence for your pharmacy on social media, but who has the time? Hootsuite provides a simple platform that allows you to manage up to 3 social media profiles at one time. Turn social media management into a weekly task that is more convenient for you – Hootsuite allows you to schedule posts. And take advantage of their auto-schedule feature, which schedules posts at the optimum time for your audience.

Our Marketing team (of two!) takes advantage of the following Hootsuite features: 1. Streams – set up streams that include search terms or hashtags (e.g., #IndependentPharmacy, Pharmacy in [Name of Your Town], #healthcare, #pharma) so that we can contribute to the online dialogue in our industry; 2. Mentions – see when someone mentions your pharmacy specifically; 3. Quick Search – see what’s trending online so you can be part of the conversation!

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All of the above tools provide tons of free resources to help you get started, including tutorials and examples. Or, if you have neither the time nor the interest in doing your own marketing, perhaps you would consider hiring a local college student part-time? Most college students are well-versed in social media and would be able to learn the above rather quickly. Just make sure you proofread their writing!

Trxade is not affiliated in any way with the above resources and earns no compensation for referrals. (Our Marketing team is quite fond of them, however!)