Medication Organization & Safety with Vince Hartzell

Vince Hartzell, Pharmacist of Hartzell's Pharmacy, discusses medication organization & safety as well as the role of the pharmacist in reviewing your medications and education on best practices for individual medication safety and adherence.



Hartzell’s brought Dispill into service in 2011 as another packaging system option. It has quickly grown to be one of our most popular packaging systems in both facilities and patients aging at home in the community. Dispill is an innovative, cold-sealed, patented multi-dose packaging system that makes it easy to manage and take medication.

Each Dispill blister can be removed from the packaging to easily accommodate leave of absences from the facility.

Each Dispill pack is made up of 28 individual blisters containing a person’s prescribed medication for a specific time and date. Blister packs are personalized according to each patient’s prescribed medication. The individual blisters are individually labeled with the patient’s name, date and time, and medications contained. They are easy to open and can be detached from the card for easy portability.

The top of each individual blister pack lists the person’s name, the medication within and the time it should be taken. The cards are even color-coded for the time of day medications should be taken(yellow for the morning, white for afternoon, orange for evening, and blue for bedtime).

Dispill can be provided using a short fill cycle or a standard 28 day fill cycle depending on the needs of the facility.

The Dispill packaging system is also used for patients living at home that need some “extra help” in organizing their medications. If you are interested in enrolling in our Dispill Community program, please fill out the Dispill enrollment form and bring in to discuss with a pharmacy staff member.



Hartzell’s also offers blister card packaging systems. All of our blister cards are packaged unit dosed, so their is only one medication per card.

Calendar Cards: Calendar cards are packaged on a 28 or 30 day cycle with 1 medication per card. There may be more than 1 tablet per bubble if the patient is suppose to take 2 tablets at a given hour of administration and the size of the medication allows. Each card represents one administration time, so a medication that needs to be taken three times a day would have three cards – a morning, evening, and bedtime card. The cycle is automatically delivered to the facility or patient 48-72 hours prior to the start of the next cycle.

Count Down Cards: Count down cards are used for all of our non-cycled medications (basically anything not delivered on the cycle). They are actually the same cards we use for our Calendar Cards. We have cards that can accommodate up to 30 or 60 units in a single card. For our facilities using our calendar card packaging system, these cards are also packed by administration time to keep things consistent. Count down cards are the cards we use for facilities that do not want their medications cycled, would rather order them on demand, and prefer a more "unit dosed" approach.