Elderly parents, multiple pharmacies, multiple prescriptions, disorganized mess. Advice???

Prescription overload? Discuss topics such as medication costs and best practices for managing medications with mail-order and retail pharmacies.

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sonjaoliver
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Elderly parents, multiple pharmacies, multiple prescriptions, disorganized mess. Advice???

Postby sonjaoliver » Tue May 03, 2016 2:07 pm

I'm sure many of you have this same situation so I'm fishing for ideas on how to manage this. My two elderly parents have in excess of 20+ prescriptions each. These prescriptions come from a combination of mail order and local pharmacies, each with different refill counts/dates. Quite frankly they're not very diligent about refilling their prescriptions until they run out and therefore can miss several days (or more!) until they get refilled.

How have you successfully organized prescriptions to make sure they're renewed on time?

blustate
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Re: Elderly parents, multiple pharmacies, multiple prescriptions, disorganized mess. Advice???

Postby blustate » Mon May 16, 2016 9:53 am

I had a similar experience and found a local pharmacist with https://www.ascp.com/what-can-senior-care-pharmacist-do-you.

Try googling 'senior care pharmacist' or 'consultant pharmacists' in your area to see if anyone provides these types of services for you. They'll do a complete inventory of prescriptions (types, dosages, doctors, etc), identify tips on how to manage them (single pharmacy, cheaper suppliers), and help with drug interactions which is especially helpful if you're using multiple doctors.

Also heard good things about http://medicationtherapysolutions.com/index.htm if you happen to be in the Houston, Texas area.

baggyjeans
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Re: Elderly parents, multiple pharmacies, multiple prescriptions, disorganized mess. Advice???

Postby baggyjeans » Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:25 am

Another good idea is to start them on a personal medication record. This helps them remember what meds they're taking, helps out any caregivers, and also provides their physicians a complete picture of what they're taking.

The AARP site has a decent printable chart at http://assets.aarp.org/external_sites/caregiving/resources/pdfs/personal_medication_record.pdf or you could make your own.




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