Hobbs Pharmacy of Merritt Island partners with start-up company PatchRx medication adherence management service to helps patients and pharmacists track medication adherence in real time.

PatchRx (Pill Administering Technology for Compliant Healthcare, founded by Andrew Aertker and Gavin Buchanan, ensures that people “take the right medication at the right time.” PatchRx has teamed up with Hobbs Pharmacy in Merritt Island to pilot their adherence management service. Hobbs Pharmacy is delighted to be able to offer this simple technology which can make a huge impact on patient health and healthcare costs.  

PatchRx released its consumer app and smart pill bottle cap in June 2020. The PatchRx service has three primary components: a free, universally fit smart pill bottle cap attachment, a user-friendly app, and a data-streaming service to help pharmacists promote better adherence among their patients. The PatchCap is a nickel-sized device that sticks to the underside of any size pill bottle making it the first truly universal smart pill bottle cap. This device tracks each time a patient takes his or her medication and reports it to the patient’s PatchApp, which sends reminders and push notifications to patients when it’s time to take their medications. The PatchApp also gives caregivers the ability to monitor the dosages of their loved ones and reports dosage information securely to pharmacies so they can resolve medication errors before medical attention is required. Finally, patients are rewarded with points simply by taking their medications and tracking within the app. The points can then be redeemed gift cards. Best of all, this has zero cost to the patient to participate into the program nor track their adherence.

Nearly one-third of adults in the United States take 5 or more medications. Each year, Adverse Drug Events (ADE’s) account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) PatchRx’s goal is to prevent medication errors and reduce the number of ER visits in order to lessen the burden on hospitals during the pandemic and beyond.

According to PatchRx co-founder, Andrew Aertker, “We learned very quickly from the pandemic triggered by COVID-19 how difficult it was for caretakers to remotely care for family members and ensure their loved ones were taking their medications appropriately. We are confident PatchRx will streamline that care and make remote patient monitoring a simple process in pharmacy going forward.”

Hobbs Pharmacy agrees. “PatchRx is the next step in patient engagement. They are saving pharmacies time and money while promoting simpler, better care for patients. Their app is allowing us as pharmacist to see real time adherence issues and address them quickly vs months after it shows up.”

About PatchRx: PatchRx’s two founders, Gavin Buchanan (’20) and Andrew Aertker (’21), met at Trinity University in Texas and have spent the last three years creating innovative solutions to improve healthcare. They designed a smart pill bottle cap to be used in conjunction with a smart-enabled app: together, this medication adherence technology provides real-time medication monitoring and a streamlined relationship between patients, pharmacies and physicians. PatchRx’s pill administering technology made them finalists at Trinity’s annual Stumberg Entrepreneurship Competition with subsequent features on Texas Public Radio, KLRN’s (PBS) SciTechNow show, and CyberTalkRadio. To learn more about PatchRx visit www.getpatchrx.com.

About Hobbs Pharmacy, the independent family-owned pharmacy in Merritt Island has had its root in the Space Coast community since 1964. Hobbs Pharmacy is an active independent pharmacy and prides itself on top notice customer service and programs to offer to the customers. Current owners Mark Hobbs and Eric Russo, PharmD., have led the pharmacy to be the forerunners in cutting edge services from compounding, home infusion, compliance packaging, immunizations, and much more.  Located at 133 N. Banana River Dr., Merritt Island, Florida, Hobbs is open Monday-Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm. You can also follow Hobbs Pharmacy on Facebook.