By Ann Mathisen and Ilana Greene
Detail medication guide, like "adverse reactions" verbiage printed on paper and inserted in traditional pharmaceutical packaging, this alternative can be life-transforming for those who are unable to read the fine print.
Too often consumers are forced to pay retail prices for medication, especially for drugs that aren't covered by health plans or have high co-payments. It's also common that there are enormous price discrepancies even with generic brands. Amy Peak, a pharmacist and director of Drug Information Services and Academic Advising, comments, "Just because you're getting generic doesn't mean it's a good deal."
Medconnections iPharmacy offers enormous savings through comprehensive price comparisons, built-in coupons and easy to use directions for finding discount pharmacies.
Although the app wasn't designed to either replace in-person medical visits or to fill the coffers of OTC (over the counter) medication, what it does do is make medicated life a heck of a lot easier. It has a range of educational and marketing features that are easy to understand and to implement.
iPharmacy offers guidance for more than 20,000 drugs. It features visual identification via imprint, shape and/or color with approximately 10,000 pill and package images. Say a patient has been prescribed a host of medications and some aren't clearly marked.
In order to differentiate the prozac from the penicillin a customer can now pretty easily figure it out - no muss, no fuss and no visit back to the pharmacy. That is, until a refill is needed and then the app kicks in an "e-card" that generates savings up to 75% off current prescriptions. It also provides a map so the confusion is limited in locating the closest discount pharmacy.
Too often, patients feel isolated and alone when prescribed a new medication, especially when unexpected side effects start kicking in iPharmacy helps patients take medication as prescribed. Another novel feature of iPharmacy is a forum where people can ask questions and share their experiences with various medications. Mind you - not as an excuse for not calling the doctor, but more as a group share of how they feel and how to distinguish the known from the unknown.
iPharmacy continues to evolve and maintains its strong online presence through easy accessability. Few things matter to people as much as good health and this app offers a wealth of information and insight for those seeking it.
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