Medication Packaging Calculator

What's the cost of preparing adherence packaging? Use this calculator to compare outsourced, manual, and automated options.

Do you know your true cost to prepare adherence packaging?

Use our calculator below to visualize the financial impact of 3 models: outsourcing to a Pack4U, bringing automation in-house, or manually preparing bingo cards. Start by entering the number of patients you expect to package for years 1 through 3, then calculate to review.

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Model based on 7-day fill

Medication
Packaging Model
Cost /
month
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

Outsource to a Pack4U® central fill

Separating packaging fulfillment from clinical services shifts focus from operations to patient-centered care.

Cost /
month
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
AdhereNet™ pharmacy platform
$
500
$
0
$
0
$
0
3yr Avg. Cost
per Patient
$0
Pack4U packaging fee
$
25
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0

Automation is accurate and efficient, but costly. Pack4Us are fully automated with state-of-the art technologies managed by experienced teams who are 100% focused on efficient, accurate packaging.

  • Automate packaging quickly & cost-effectively
  • Scale efficiently without operational constraints
  • Unparalleled accuracy and risk-free (on-demand packaging)
  • Typically 90% of fulfillment managed by Pack4U, pharmacy handles 1st doses, change orders, etc.
  • Mini automated packager available starting as low as $28,500
  • Pack4U packaging links to digital health tools spencer®, MyMedTimes™, oneMAR®

Invest in automation & package in-house

If you have space, committed volumes, an experienced team and access to capital, investing in automation could be great.

Cost /
month
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Number of machines 0 0 0
Equipment, support & consumables
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
3yr Avg. Cost
per Patient
$0
Pharmacy labour
$
19
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
SAVINGS
$
0
$
0
$
0

When investing in automation, make sure you're committed to technology. The most successful automated operations are a healthy blend of technical and clinical, each excelling in their respective areas and coming together with patient-focused programs.

  • Be prepared for change management & the initial investment in drugs to fill the machine(s)
  • Get to capacity asap, and prepare in advance for subsequent units(s) to keep up with growth
  • In this model we just started with 1, but its ideal to start with 2 packagers - more efficient, less risk
  • Use vision checking technology. you'll thank us. checking strips is time consuming & error prone
  • Cost to package fluctuates as the capacity of machines is optimized - optimization is key!
  • Packaging prepared in-house links to digital health tools spencer®, MyMedTimes™, oneMAR®

Manually package

This may seem like this is the path of least resistance, but it costs you more than you think.

Cost /
month
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Pharmacy labour
$
28
$
0
$
0
$
0
3yr Avg. Cost
per Patient
$0
Consumables - cards
$
4
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
$
0
SAVINGS
$
0
$
0
$
0

Manual packaging is labor intensive, error prone, and difficult to scale. You need to consider space requirements @ 50+ patients. Outsourcing to Pack4U breaks even at ~75 patients. Beyond that, packaging manually becomes far more expensive. For 400 patients staffing requirements are 2 pharmacists + 7 techs. Outsourcing to Pack4U requires just 1/2 pharmacist + 2 techs. Your team is now freed up for revenue generating activities, i.e. med checks, etc.

  • Significantly increase processing capacity with current operation
  • Save money on labor and free up key people to focus on patient-care initiatives
  • Pack4U packaging links to digital health tools spencer®, MyMedTimes™, oneMAR®

Contact Catalyst for a personalized, detailed analysis of costs and to explore potential profit margins for your pharmacy.

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