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Curtis Pharmacy – Offering A Better Way to Manage Medications
By Kevin Brown


For pharmacist Erich Cushey, the “Aha!” moment came one evening five years ago when he received a phone call from his 88-year-old father. Erich’s mother usually organized his father’s medications so he could easily take them. With his mother in the hospital, his father was at a loss as to which medications to take.

“You’ve heard the expression, ‘The shoemaker’s kids have no shoes.’ Well, the pharmacist’s dad didn’t know which medications to take,” Erich says.

That prompted Erich and his wife, Tina, owners of Curtis Pharmacy in Washington and Claysville, to develop medication packs customized to each patient’s medication needs. When demand for the individualized medication packs increased, they purchased an automated packaging system called RapidPakRx™ from the RxSafe company to create and label the pill pouches.

“If you are visiting your mom or dad once a week and laying out their pill boxes for them, we’re really doing that for you now with a much more robust system,” Erich says. “The pills are packaged in individual pouches that can be labeled morning, noon, evening, lunch, supper, or they can be dated if you want. It really allows us to help you manage your medications.”

Keeping to a regular medication schedule and taking the proper dosage are essential for maintaining health. An older adult on multiple medications can become easily confused about which pills to take and when to take them, leading to serious health complications.

“The nice thing about these pouches is, if you are going away for the weekend, you can simply rip off those days’ packets and take them with you as opposed to packing all your bottles or whatever else you need to take your medications while travelling,” he says.

Anyone who is on multiple medications understands that managing the refills can be difficult since prescriptions don’t necessarily start and end at the same time. The medication management system from Curtis Pharmacy takes care of that for you with medication refill synchronization. That simply means a customer’s refills are timed to be filled on the same day each month.

“We work hard to know when you should be due for your medications based on the last time you received it,” Erich explains. “Let's say, for instance, you take a generic blood pressure pill or cholesterol pill and you have an inhaler. So, we'll use the inhaler - we know that's 30 days - and we may give you 14 days of the blood pressure pill and 20 days of the cholesterol pill to get you caught up all together. And then moving forward, based off that inhaler, we'll know when everything is due.”

Erich says that, as a rule, Curtis Pharmacy patients almost never have to call their doctors for refills. “That's a nice thing about us because we call customers a week to 10 days out. If there's a medication they need refills on or an issue they need to talk to the doctor about, we'll let them know at that point,” he says.

An additional benefit is the regular contact with customers. “People tend to talk to their pharmacist more than any other health care provider,” Erich notes. “One of our pharmacists or staff members will reach out, talk to the patient about the medications, make sure they are on track and taking what they are supposed to be taking and letting them know we are getting their next month's medications ready. We find a lot of folks just like getting the phone call. It's a nice touch to be able to talk to patients on a regular basis.”

Doctors appreciate the medication service from Curtis Pharmacy as well. “We get phone calls from doctors' offices saying ‘Mr. Jones is having a really hard time taking his medications. Can we help him get set up with your program?’ We take over from there. It's a nice tool to help doctors' offices maintain their patients' compliance,” Erich says.

With the COVID-19 restrictions in place, Curtis Pharmacy offers free, contactless home delivery throughout Washington County. Their pharmacy locations at 575 Henderson Avenue in Washington and at 305 Main Street in Claysville are open to customers.

To learn more about the medication management system and other services they offer, visit Curtis Pharmacy online at www.curtispharmacy.com, stop by one of their convenient locations, or call them at (724) 209-1582 in Washington or at (724) 245-3520 in Claysville.



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