Patients aren’t always on top of their prescriptions. In fact, nearly 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and of those, 50% aren’t taken as prescribed. That means a lot of unused medication in the medicine cabinet may need to be identified. Even adherent patients might notice a change in what their usual pill looks like and want to make sure that the pill they are taking is the one they were prescribed. We’re here to help you answer the question – what’s my pill again?
We’ve released a Pill Identifier tool as a resource to help answer that question. If you have patients who are nervous because their capsules look funny, can’t remember what their leftover pills are, or just want to make sure the pills their children are taking are correct- they can now search this database to get their questions answered.
The Digital Pharmacist pill identifier
RxWiki’s Pill Identifier is a great resource you can promote to your patients. It helps identify generic and brand name prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicine, and supplements.
To begin narrowing down results, patients simply click 1 of 4 criteria – imprint, color, shape, and scoring:
Once you’ve filled in all the information you know regarding each category, you can find your pill in the results. When you’ve found your match you’ll be able to verify:
- Drug name
- Pill strength
- Detailed pill characteristics
- Drug dosing
- Adverse effects
For the hours of the day and night when your pharmacy isn’t open, this tool gives them access to a service that will accurately provide them with the information they need to ID what pill they’re taking.
Patients can access this tool from anywhere. Computer, tablet, smart phone, you name it! If the device has access to the internet, patients can use it to identify a pill.
If patients can more easily confirm that the pills they have are the ones they should be taking, they will be more likely to continue taking them as prescribed.
Patient safety is a top priority for you and for us as well. Make sure you enable your patients to take medication safety and adherence into their hands by telling them about this free tool. Simply follow the link below and scroll down until you see “Pill Identifier”.