News Story: Making the Case for Visual Indicators in “Mail-Order” Meds

Delivering medication to a patient’s home is a win-win. It’s convenient for busy people and can save them on co-pays. It also improves efficiency and lowers overhead for centralized pharmacies sending medication via mail or courier service. But patients do have concerns, as highlighted in a recent NPR Health News article Extreme Temperatures May Pose Risks to Some Mail-Order Meds.

Zebra’s research confirms that visual temperature indicators are the best way to increase patient satisfaction and ultimately lower costs by:

  • Alerting patients when medication has been exposed to extreme temperatures during transit
  • Reducing unnecessary reshipments when patients suspect that a medication has reached damaging temperatures – but are unsure
  • Minimizing the need to dispose of medication due to unknown temperature excursions when shipments are delayed and go beyond the expected transit time

You can read more about the third-party research we commissioned to study best practices in medication shipping in our most recent article, Thermal Shipping Technologies, The Cold Hard Facts.

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