From the number of finger pricks (at least five a day), to the insulin shots someone would need to give themselves to effectively manage blood sugar, understanding just how much life would change when someone is diagnosed with diabetes is difficult. After learning the challenges of managing diabetes, it is only natural to look towards new technologies that could help those managing diabetes live an easier more pain free life. Eventually some will became a candidate for a wireless insulin pump, and some individuals are even cleared for a continuous glucose monitor, which was not a possibility before.
These technological advancements are huge steps forward in managing the disease, but for many people living with both type one and type two diabetes a huge hurdle in care is managing prescriptions between doctors, pharmacies and insurance companies. So when I first heard about PillPack, a service that will deliver prescriptions to your door, I was very excited, but I also had quite a few questions: How do I get prescriptions filled? How much will it cost? What if a prescription expires? Many of my questions centered around the complexity of dealing with prescription medications, both with scheduling them and dealing with insurance providers.
The most intriguing aspect of PillPack for me was the seamless integration from working with your doctor to fill a prescription, to interfacing with your insurance agency. Patientsor another chronic illness can attest that dealing with medicines can be difficult enough without having to manage the confusing insurance policies as well. This seamless integration from doctor to your door comes at no extra cost to PillPack users. Instead users simply pay the same copays they would pay when they pick up your prescriptions from their pharmacy because the shipping is always free.
Arguably PillPack’s most distinguishing feature is the delivery of medications in an easy to use box and roll of plastic pouches that are marked with dosage times. This is an absolutely invaluable tool for anyone who is juggling a busy schedule or needs to make sure their loved ones have taken medications. Knowing if you’ve taken your latest pill is handy, but for patients managing type 2 diabetes or heart disease it can be life saving knowledge. PillPack also ensures your prescriptions are up to date by delivering a new pack every two weeks and automatically refilling prescriptions when you run out. They also have a simple and elegant web dashboard to manage your prescriptions.
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