Trusting Your Pharmacist, Patient's Safety, & Prescription Packaging


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July 20, 2021

These days, your patients may be wondering, "How many people touch these pills before I take them?!" COVID-19 has increased pressure on healthcare providers to consider the use of “touchless technology” and other best practices to reduce disease transmission and keep patients safe.

This podcast episode will discuss consumer demand for 'no contact' medication compliance packaging, and how you can differentiate your pharmacy and increase customer loyalty by providing safe, accurate, and untouched prescriptions.

Pouch Packaging vs. Blister Packaging

As compliance packaging becomes increasingly popular, pharmacy owners are starting to look at dispensing costs -- not in terms of drug wholesale costs, rebates, and DIR fees -- but in terms of vials versus blisters, or vials versus pouches.


“What about your pharmacy costs, and specifically your dispensing costs, for getting scripts into the patient's hands?"



After all, reimbursement doesn't change based on the packaging. The patients are prescribed the same NDCs, and their copay is the same regardless of whether the drugs go into a little amber bottle, a 7-day blister pack, or a strip of pouches labeled, ‘morning,’ ‘afternoon,’ and ‘evening.’

But what about your pharmacy costs, and specifically your dispensing costs -- including labor and materials -- for getting the scripts into the patients’ hands?

Regular readers of our blog may remember we already conducted a deep dive into the cost of strip packaging consumables last year. Consumable costs for our RapidPakRx™ strip packaging system are demonstrably lower than competing systems.

Special Guests: 

  • Joe Williams, Brisson Pharmacy
  • Roberta Vining, Riley's Drugs