- Published: 02 March 2017
SPRINGFIELD – Patients with chronic conditions often juggle multiple medications and several trips to the pharmacy. Senate Bill 1546, introduced by State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), seeks to streamline that process by allowing patients to synchronize their prescription refills so that they can pick them up at the same time.
“I hope that this legislation will make managing a chronic condition a little easier,” Mulroe said. “By streamlining the logistics of prescription refills, I aim to relieve some of the stress of a chronic condition. SB 1546 will also simplify the refill process for pharmacies.”
Studies have shown that prescription synchronization increases patient adherence to medication directions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medications are not taken as prescribed 50 percent of the time. Over $100 billion are spent annually as a result of prescription non-adherence.