PillPack: a new way of thinking about an old problem

I read a Wall Street Journal article this morning about an online pharmacy called PillPack that’s doing something a little different. “PillPack mails its customers their medications every two weeks, but rather than putting them into several big bottles, the company pre-sorts them into sealed, single-dose packs, based on when a patient needs to take their medications throughout the day. The pills arrive in a long chain of dose packs, linked together on a recyclable dispenser roll.

It’s not a new concept at all. In fact, the idea has been tossed around in certain pharmacy circles for years. Many companies are capable of providing such a service, but most lack the vision to bring the concept to life. Perhaps PillPack can provide enough value to its customers to make it viable. I really hope it works out for the company. At least they’re thinking outside the box, er, inside the box.

PillPack should really think about partnering with local hospitals and deliver discharge meds to the patient bedside in this handy format. Counsel the patient, make sure they have their meds, automatically enroll them in the mail order service, and so on. Just sayin’.

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6 responses to “PillPack: a new way of thinking about an old problem”

  1. April 5, 2014 at 7:29 am |

    Agreed Jerry, this idea has been around for a long time, and the packaging technology to support it is readily available. The biggest obstacle to widespread adoption in retail/outpatient pharmacy would seem to be the cost of the packaging, but with more and more emphasis on medication adherence and its potential impact on readmissions in an ACO environment, this approach may finally get traction.

  2. Eugene S Khan
    April 26, 2014 at 4:39 am |

    Jerry, the PillPack concept sounds so similar to Walgreens DailyMed pillbox. I think Walgreens have already patented the idea to delivery and counsel at bedside so maybe PillPack might need to partnered with a large retail chain to move beyond just being a mail order Rx. What are your thoughts?

  3. Eugene S Kahn
    April 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm |

    No I do not have a link. Thanks for the quick reply though.

    I just cannot imagine PillPack not partnering with the major chains and surviving beyond their start up phase much less growth given Affordable Care Act calls for accountability throughout the continuum of care.

    Just saying IMPO

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    March 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm |

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