Such Medication Error events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing; order communication; product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature; compounding; dispensing; distribution; administration; education; monitoring; and use" (our italicizing).
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A. e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS Pillbox (759021) - Link - up to 37 daily alarms. Easy to Set Pill Timer Pillbox with large pill capacity pillbox. Fits in your purse or briefcase. Easy to open slide-out pill drawer with safety lock. Practical "missed pill" feature. Size: 6 1/4" x 2 1/8" x 1". Easy to hear loud alarm. 4 minute alarm duration. Color: White Seven (7) compartment slide-out pillbox. Capacity 18 aspirin sized tablets in each pillbox compartment. Pill tray labeled Monday thru Sunday. Weight: 5 Oz. Battery life: One Year (replaceable AAA x 2). Order Extra Pill (Medication) Trays
B. (not shown in picture) e-pill Multi-Alarm Pediatric PINK (Girl / Child / Pediatric) (759025) - Link - up to 37 daily alarms. Easy to Set Pill Timer Pillbox with large pill capacity pillbox. Fits in your purse or briefcase. Easy to open slide-out pill drawer with safety lock. Practical "missed pill" feature. Size: 6 1/4" x 2 1/8" x 1". Easy to hear loud alarm. 4 minute alarm duration. Color: Pink Seven (7) compartment slide-out pillbox. Capacity 18 aspirin sized tablets in each pillbox compartment. Pill tray labeled Monday thru Sunday. Weight: 5 Oz. Battery life: One Year (replaceable AAA x 2). Order Extra Pill (Medication) Trays
C. (not shown in picture) e-pill Multi-Alarm Pediatric WHITE (Boy / Child / Pediatric) (759026) - Link -up to 37 daily alarms. Easy to Set Pill Timer Pillbox with large pill capacity pillbox. Fits in your purse or briefcase. Easy to open slide-out pill drawer with safety lock. Practical "missed pill" feature. Size: 6 1/4" x 2 1/8" x 1". Easy to hear loud alarm. 4 minute alarm duration. Color: White Seven (7) compartment slide-out pillbox. Capacity 18 aspirin sized tablets in each pillbox compartment. Pill tray labeled Monday thru Sunday. Weight: 5 Oz. Battery life: One Year (replaceable AAA x 2). Order Extra Pill (Medication) Trays
D. e-pill 7 Day (Weekly) Organizer & Reminder System (960615) - Link - Now with up to 37 daily alarms. Largest capacity pill box on the market. Each compartment holds twentyfive (25) aspirin sized tablets. Each daily organizer has four (4) compartments. Dishwasher safe daily pillboxes. This "heavy-duty" Medication Adherence System now includes the popular white e-pill with missed pill indicator. Color: Blue canvas bag and Blue pillboxes, White pill timer. Weight: 15 Oz. Battery life: One Year (replaceable AAA x 2).
E. (not shown in picture) e-pill Silent 7 Day Organizer & Reminder System (960617) - Link - up to 12 daily vibrating alarms. Largest capacity pillbox on the market. Dishwasher safe daily pillboxes. This "heavy-duty" Medication Adherence System includes the e-pill Vibrating 12 Alarm Pager (Vibrating 12 Alarm Pager). Color: Blue canvas bag and Blue pillboxes. Black Pager. Weight: 15 Oz. Battery life: 2- 4 weeks (replaceable 1x AAA).
F. (not shown in picture) e-pill Multi-Alarm DISPENSER (840317) - Link - up to 4 daily doses. Semi-Automatic PILBOX Dispenser and Easy-to-Set e-pill Multi-Alarm timer combination. Up to FOUR (4) doses per day WEEKLY organizer. Color: White and Green. Weight: 11 Oz. Battery life: 1 year (replaceable button cell).
G. e-pill Multi-Alarm HOME (759023) - Link - up to 37 daily alarms. Kitchen e-pill timer with strong magnet. Fits on your refrigerator door or any magnetic surface. Easy to Set Pill Timer with "missed pill" feature. Size: 6 1/4" x 2 1/8" x 5/8". Easy to hear loud alarm. 4 minute alarm duration. Color: White. Weight: 5 Oz. Battery life: One Year (replaceable AAA x 2). Timer Only (no pillbox).
H. (not in picture) e-pill Multi-Alarm POCKET XL (769642) - Link - up to 37 daily alarms. Easy to Set Pill Timer fits in your purse or briefcase. Size 6 1/4" x 2 1/4" X 7/16". 4 minute alarm duration and "MISSED PILL?" indicator. Color: White. Weight: 3.5 Oz. Timer Only (no pillbox).
I. e-pill Multi-Alarm Pill Box (991221) - Link - up to 37 daily alarms. Easy to Set Pill Timer Pillbox. Fits in your purse or briefcase. Size: 5 3/4" x 2 1/8" x 1". Easy to hear loud alarm. 4 minute alarm duration. We suggest you select the newer version e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS (see below). Color: White. (limited availability of White only, 758012 black - no longer in production). Seven (7) compartment slide-out pillbox. Capacity 15 aspirin sized tablets in each pillbox compartment. Weight: 5 Oz. Battery life One Year (replaceable AAA x 2).
J. e-pill Multi-Alarm POCKET (769547) - Link - up to 37 daily alarms. Easy to Set Pill Timer fits in your pocket or purse. Size 5 3/4" x 1 1/4" X 1/2". 4 minute alarm duration and "MISSED PILL?" indicator. Color: Black. Weight: 1 Oz. Timer Only (no pillbox).
K. e-pill Multi-Alarm CUBE (940217) - Link - up to 24 daily alarms. Unique stackable pill box design; attach 1, 2, 3 or 4 included pill-boxes to the easy-to-set medicine alarm timer. Color: White and Green. Weight: 6 Oz. Battery life: 1 year (replaceable button cell). Watch How-To Video.
Never Forget to Take your Medications Again!
Avoid Medication Errors!
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With up to 12 Daily ALARMS, Medical Snooze and a Medical ALERT ID databank, the e-pill CADEX Medication Reminder Alarm Wrist Watch (7 designs - see below) takes the worry out of taking medications, so you can spend your time enjoying the more important things in life. Features the e-pill Medical Snooze function.
Choose the right CADEX / CADEX Accessory for you or your patient:
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The CADEX Medication Reminder takes the worry out of taking daily medications, so you can spend your time enjoying the more important things in life.
Never Forget to take your Medications Again! Feel Better. Avoid Medication Errors
TIMER WATCH: The CADEX wristwatch has up to twelve (12) daily alarms (medication reminders). The alarms auto repeat every day, no reset required. At the scheduled time (same time every day), the alarm will sound and display the name of the medication to be taken.
This e-pill nags you! A unique Medical Snooze feature allows you to turn off the initial beeping and continue to be reminded with a subtle double beep every three (3) minutes until you have taken your all your medications (for up to 4 hours).
MEDICAL ALERT: In addition to being a great medication reminder the Emergency ALERT Data Bank stores your critical health information, similar to a Medical Alert I.D. Bracelet. Pressing the ALERT button on the alarm watch will display the following MEDICAL ALERT Information: | How to ERASE Information
Water and shock resistant (do not wear in shower or swimming pool)
Used in Clinical Trials
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When you purchase a CADEX alarm watch we recommend that you program the watch and make sure you like the style and ease of use. If you do not, return it promptly in its original packaging for a complete refund.
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We offer FREE Standard Shipping for all our U.S. Customers. To take advantage of this offer please select STANDARD Shipping at check-out. We also offer several other shipping methods including OVERNIGHT Shipping (extra charges apply).
One Year WARRANTY:
The e-pill CADEX watch comes with a One (1) year warranty guaranteeing its inner components. This does not cover the band, buckle, battery, case, buttons or crystal. During the warranty period and upon proof of purchase, the watch will be repaired or replaced free of charge (please contact your dealer). If you purchased your CADEX watch directly from the manufacturer (e-pill, LLC), please call us toll free at 1-888-726-8805 (+1 781-239-8255). We look forward to assisting you
e-pill Multi-Alarm POCKET:
Easy-to-Set Medication Reminder. "Best Pill Timer on the Market" Now with Missed Pill Indicator
The best and most compact multi-alarm pill reminder clock found on the market. Simply slide a switch to set it! Repeats every day - No reset required. Only $39.95 Fits in your pocket or purse. Other Multi-Alarms
Multiple daily alarm settings (up to 37 alarms) - from 6 AM to Midnight.
No need to reset alarm - Repeats every day!
Complete with batteries and soft protective carrying case.
Used in Clinical Trials.
Our e-pill Multi-Alarm is an innovative simple to-use medication pill reminder (alarm clock type device). One of our most popular items. You can set up to 37 alarm times per day - on the hour or half hour. This is the best pocket sized multi-alarm found on the market today! Improves patient compliance for yourself or a loved one. Makes a great gift. 30-day Money Back Guarantee & FREE Standard Shipping (US only). Easy to set compact pill timer.Read a Review | Larger POCKET Timer: e-pill Multi-Alarm POCKET XL.
Slide a switch at the desired alarm time (on the hour or half hour). You set it once, and the alarm will reset itself at midnight for the next day. Easily change your medical reminders (for example - if you want to sleep-in tomorrow!). Alarms can be set on the hour (top row) or half hour (bottom row) from 6:00 AM to Midnight (up to 37 times = 37 switches per day = up to 37 pill reminders per day). Easy to Set & Easy to verify Alarm settings by looking at the switches! Very popular with Parkinson's patients.
Customer comments. I already have this e-pill multi-alarm... husband ordered for me. Works great. We are ordering this one for our daughter and her family C.W.
Order your own e-pill Multi-Alarm POCKET. NOW with Missed Pill Indicator and up 37 daily alarms! Print order form and mail payment (check) + order form to us today. Or order ON-LINE by pressing order button below. Easy to set - Easy to change pill reminder alarms.
Please note: Not suitable for persons with hearing difficulties (high pitched tone).
The alarm will sound for 4 minutes. 10 seconds ON 10 seconds OFF.
Missed Pill Indicator (MISSED PILL?)
Price $39.95 includes US Standard Shipping & Handling, batteries and case.
Small, fits in your purse or shirt pocket!
Price includes FREE US shipping & handling and 30-day Money Back Guarantee. For your convenience we will set the clock to the correct time and time zone. Your e-pill Multi-Alarm POCKET is ready to go when you receive it. Never forget to take your medications again!
Size: 5 3/4" x 1 1/4" X 1/2" | Weight: 1.7 Oz with Protective Pouch (included)
Shipping: FREE Standard Shipping (U.S. Only / $15.00 non-US Customers)
e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS Pill Timer Pillbox - up to 37 Daily Alarms. Easy to Set Pill Timer. Helps you Remember, Organize and Identify your Medications. Great for Travel, Work, School or Home.
Multi-Alarm Pill Box and Easy-to-Set Pill Timer. Organizes all your daily pills, and reminds you with a loud alarm up to 37 times per day. No reset required, re-sets automatically every midnight. | Pill Dispenser for a Child GIRL | BOY | without PillBox | Never forget to take your medications again! FREE Standard SHIPPING and 30-DAY Money Back Guarantee.
Easy to Set Pill Timer and Pill Dispenser | VIDEO how this popular e-pill works.
Alarms Auto Repeat every day (no re-set required)
Easy to Open Pill Tray (Pill Box)
Easy to Read Display
Missed Pill Indicator
The perfect medication reminder for home or for travel! This is one of our most popular e-pill Medication Reminders. Helps you organize all your daily pills, and reminds you with when to take them with a loud alarm that can alert you up to 37 times per day.
I have found that I have not missed any of my medications anymore since I got this (e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS). I like how easy it is to set and change times for medications. I sleep later on weekends and it is very easy to change the alarm for a later morning pill on Saturday. C.R. CA
Fits in briefcase, purse or backpack; size about the size of a TV remote control. A great simple to set medication adherence device that holds all your pills. Extra trays are available. (click to enlarge photos).
Simply slide a switch to set the daily repeating alarms! Up to 37 daily auto-repeating alarms starting at 6 in the morning with a switch for every hour and half hour (6AM, 6:30AM, 7AM, 7:30AM and so on) until midnight. No Reset Required. Size about the size of a remote control. Easy to set and use Pill Timer & Pillbox in one unit.
Never Forget to take your Medications Again!
With our Simple to Use PILL BOX & MEDICATION REMINDER TIMER
Helps you Remember, Organize and Identify pills.
Easy to Set Timer with Slide Switches (Hour/top row or Half-Hour/bottom row switches).
Multiple Daily Alarms (up to 37 alarms) - from 6 AM to Midnight.
EASY to SET Pill Timer and Pillbox. Clear lid allows you to verify alarm settings. One switch for every hour and half hour. Easy to hear with LOUD ALARM, will alarm for up to 4 minutes. No alarm re-set required - repeats every day (automatic reset at midnight). Once the alarms have been set they will repeat every day, no reset required. This e-pill includes an unique “missed pill” feature and a large capacity slide out pill tray with safety lock. The weekly pill tray (large capacity) has seven compartments labelled Monday thru Sunday. Slide-out 7 compartment medication tray is made of clear plastic, can be locked and helps you identify (pill identification) your daily medications. Long battery life. Order Extra Trays.
The alarm will sound for 10 seconds on 10 seconds off for up to 4 minutes (or until STOP button is pressed). If medicine is not taken when alarm sounds, a missed pill message flashes on display.
Size: 6 1/4" x 2 1/8" x 1". Weight 5 oz.
SKU 759021 / UPC 837066000213 / One Year Warranty
Pill Tray: Slide out with 7 Compartments. Each compartment holds 18 aspirin sized tablets.
Battery life: One Year. Battery: 2 x AAA batteries (included).
Shipping: FREE Standard Shipping (US customers only, $15.00 for Non-US customers).
Medication Chart for Home Medication Identification & Medication Chart Planner
Medication Chart for Home. Weekly Medication Planner Kit. Complete medication documentation and organization system, including two (2) weekly pillboxes and medicaiton chart to hang on your refrigerator or wall.
My mother lives 1200 miles away. I used to call her twice a day to make sure she had taken her medicine. Now I don’t have to worry. R.S
Popular e-pill electronic "pill" dispenser (e-pill Medtime XL automatic medication dispenser/pill organizer/pill box, Med-Time XL) and reminder system helps ensure that medications and vitamins are taken properly (pill identification) and on time. | New & Improved e-pill MedTime PLUS. (click to enlarge photos)
Taking the right meds on time (rx / otc medications, vitamins or supplements) is as important as what meds are being taken. Med-Time XL size: About two dinner plates (see photo). Made in Sweden (Careousel). 30 Day Money Back Guarantee! Ideal gift for a loved one. More about Med-Time. New and improved e-pill Med-Time XL model now includes Loud Alarm + Blinking Red Light (visual alarm for hearing impaired patients). Order Spare: TRAY | KEY | Download Instruction Manual | Visit MD1 Med-time CENTER | Close-up Picture | Tipper Accessory Video / Order | Brochure (PDF) | Clinical study / outcomes study Results
Med-Time XL is a device for dispensing medicine, reminding the user when medicine shall be taken, and making the correct dose available. More info / photos: open and how Med-Time works | Set-up VIDEO.
Alarm will sound & pills rotate into position. Lift up device, turn the dispenser upside down to allow the pills to fall into your hand. All other medicine is inaccessible.
Alarm stops by turning device upside down (or after 60 minutes). Ideal for anyone on a complex medication schedule or for those who have difficulty with manual dexterity. Compare Automatic Medication Dispensers
Program & Load:
Technical Specifications Load the pills in the medication tray (two trays are included). Set the alarm clock, you can program up to 1,2,3,4,5,6 up to 28 alarms per day (4 AA batteries are included). Tray (pill box) has 28 compartments, each can hold several pills (each compartment has a capacity equal to 15 Aspirins). For added capacity you may set 2 or 3 alarms for the same time and double or triple the capacity. Early dose feature allows patient to access medications up to 30 minutes before scheduled medication time.
EASY to SET-UP: Load tray (pill box) & lock (2 keys included) your Med-Time XL. An empty (prescription) Medical Information/Drug Information Chart is included. Keep your medications organized and make pill identification easy with our automatic medication dispenser! It is ready to remind & dispense! Never forget to take your "pills" again. Great for all tablets, vitamins and capsules.
1 medication time per day – refill tray every 28 days (4 weeks!)
2 medication times per day – refill tray every 14 days (2 weeks!)
3 medication times per day – refill tray every 9 days
4 medication times per day – refill tray every 7 days (once per week!)
5 medication times per day – refill tray every 5 days
6 medication times per day – refill tray every 4 days ...
28 medication times per day - refill tray once a day
Manufactured by: American Medical Alert Corp. (AMAC) - One Year Warranty. 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. Model Med-Time 651.
SKU 991019 / UPC 837066000237
Size: Width 7 1/2 inch x 2 1/4 inch | Weight: 17 oz
Pill Capacity: 1/2 fl oz (15 ml) equal to 15 standard aspirins per compartment (28 compartments per tray)
Battery: 12 months battery life. Uses 4 x AA (included).
Low Battery Warning: Comes on 3 months before it is time to change the batteries.
"I love my MedGlider.
It reminds me to take my
medication so I don't have
to watch the clock."
The new version (3rd generation) of the e-pill MedGlider is a practical Medication Reminder system for organizing and remembering daily meds ("pills") now with larger pill capacity. Our e-pill MedGlider Reminder & Organizer System is an "easy to use electronic pill box with four alarms".
Pill Box has four compartments with room for multiple pills, capsules and tablets. Pill Timer can be used stand-alone or with the daily organizer attached. Unique "missed pill indicator". Alarms auto-reset at midnight each day. Powered by 'Easy to Replace' two AA Batteries (does NOT use "hard-to-find" button cells). Ensure patient compliance and well being - order your e-pill MedGlider DAILY 4 Alarm Pill Box Timer today! FREE Standard Shipping (US only), 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. Never forget to take your medicine again and feel better! Price includes FREE batteries.
I have found that I have not missed any of my medications anymore since I got this. I like how easy it is to set and change times for medications. I sleep later on weekends and it is very easy to change the alarm for a later morning pill on Saturday. V. G. CA
Never Forget to Take your Medicine Again! Avoid Medication Errors! (click to enlarge photo) Feel Better & Keep your Medications Organized! FREE Standard SHIPPING. 30 Day Money Back guarantee.
Improve Medication Adherence / Patient Compliance: Convenient & compact storage pack made of
durable high quality canvas includes Seven (7) EZ-to-OPEN Medinizer pill boxes (with the respective day of the week clearly imprinted on the front of each one). Pill Box (Medinizer) can be ordered separately.
Each pill box has 4 LARGE CAPACITY pill compartments to hold your medications. Includes our popular Easy-to-Set e-pill Multi-Alarm with 'Missed Pill' feature electronic pill reminder timer;
e-pill EzSET Multi-Alarm.
Super Organizer -- Super Pill Timer Reminder -- Super Practical
Great product for organizing & planning your weekly medicines.
Use at home, on business trip, vacation, college etc. Very flexible use. Take one day’s medicine for daily use or carry the whole weekly organizer with you. This e-pill device is member tested & recommended by National Health & Wellness Club.
It's made med management much more doable for our older family members. Y.L. CA
The e-pill 7-Day Organizer & Reminder (SKU 960615) comes complete with electronic medication reminder and batteries. Electronic Medication Reminder can be carried either in the outer pocket, inside the weekly organizer canvas bag itself, in your briefcase or purse.
e-pill Multi-Alarm PLUS (no Tray), up to 37 Daily Alarm settings, simple to use, easy to program with slide switches, innovative reminder device. No reset required (timer automatically resets every day at midnight). Complete system with everything included (canvas bag, 7 daily organizer, pill timer, batteries).
Weekly organizer (canvas bag) size: 6 1/2 inch x 6 1/2 inch x 2 inch | Daily organizer size: 6 1/4 inch x 1 7/8 inch x 13/16 inch with 4 LARGE CAPACITY pill compartments, dish washer safe. Imprinted dosage 1,2,3,4 in Braille for the vision impaired and for tactile feedback. | Each compartment (dose) holds twenty five (25) aspirin sized tablets | Color: Blue with Clear Lid, Canvas Bag is dark blue.
Batteries (replaceable): 2 x AAA included. Battery life 1 year.
SKU 960615 / UPC 837066006154
Shipping: Free Standard Shipping (US customers only, $15.00 Non-US customers).
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Great Pill Timer/ Pillbox combination. Easy to set timer repeats at the same time every day. Never forget to take your medications again! | New Version of e-pill MedGlider
Talking PillBox with 4 Daily Alarms "time to take your pill"
Four Doses per Day pill holder. Pill box has a sliding tray with two compartments to the left and two compartments to the right (see below). Pill capacity is eight (8) aspirin sized tablets per dose. Avoid Medication Errors. Makes a great gift. | Weekly alternative for e-pill 7 Day Organizer & Reminder.
Included tray allows seven (7) day medication pre-planning. Reminder unit can be used stand-alone or with the daily organizer attached. Ensure patient compliance and well being - order your e-pill MEDGlider today! FREE Standard Shipping (US only), 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. Never forget to take your medicine again and feel better!
Batteries: 2 x AAA (included) | Battery life: 1 Year
Size: Timer and Pillbox 4 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" | Weight: 3 Oz with Batteries
Five (5) Daily Dose Weekly Pill Box Organizer SKU 941323
Practical Five (5) Daily Dose Weekly Pill Box Organizer. Complete 7 x 5 System (SKU 941323) includes Seven (7) pill boxes each with Five (5) doses / medication compartments per day in an discreet canvas clutch bag.
Organize all your daily medications once a week: Great pill organizer system for home, office or travel. Helps pill identification (pill ID) and medication adherence.
Popular with Parkinson's patients. Never forget to take your medications again! Feel better. Avoid Medication Errors. Only $39.95 with FREE Standard Shipping. | Locked Pill Dispensers
It works great for people who need to take medications more than 4 times a day Pamela P. Fantus
Unique 5 doses per Day daily pill box.
Organize all your Medicines Once-A-Week. Seven (7) pillboxes included labelled M, TU, W ...
5 Doses per Day / High Pill Capacity / Daily Pillbox: Each pillbox compartment holds 14 aspirin sized pills. Five (5) compartments per daily pill-box. Seven (7) pillboxes are included and fit inside the stylish black canvas bag. (click to enlarge image)
My dad kept wishing out loud that he had a pill box with separate compartments for each day, that he could put in his pocket, that had 5 doses per day. I googled "5 dose per day pill organizer" and through the magic of Google and Amazon, found this item. It is high quality and meets his needs perfectly. It was a little expensive, but still a whole lot cheaper than a doctor's visit due to mixed up medications. M Whalen
Travel / Home / Office / School: Great pill case medication organizer system for travel or use at home, office, camp or school. The pill bag has a Velcro lock. System is NOT child proof. No pill timer included. Click here for help on selecting the right e-pill timer or alarm watch.
Size: Pill Box Case ("Pill Chest") 7 inch x 5 inch x 1 3/4 inch. Holds the 7 Daily Pill Boxes.
Daily Pill Box: 3 3/4 inch x 1 1/4 inch x 7 /8 inch.
Five (5) Doses per Day. Pill Boxes are labelled M, TU, W, TH, F, SA and SU.
Each pill box has 5 compartments (5 dose) Labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (Top and Side).
Pill Capacity: 14 Aspirin sized tablets per compartment.
Weight: 6 Oz. (empty / no medications) | Color: Black with Velcro lock.
SKU 941323 | UPC 837066000053
Shipping: FREE Standard Shipping (US customers only, $15.00 for Non-US customers).
32 million Americans use three or more medicines daily
75% of adults are non-adherent in one or more ways
The economic impact of non-adherence is estimated to cost $100 billion annually
The average adherence rate (the degree to which patients correctly follow prescription instructions) for medicines taken only once daily is nearly 80 percent, compared to about 50 percent for treatments that must be taken 4 times a day. As many as 75 percent of patients (and 50 percent of chronically ill patients) fail to adhere to, or comply with physician prescribed treatment regimens.
In a recent poll of U.S. individuals 65 years old and older who use medications, researches found that 51% take at least five different prescription drugs regularly, and one in four take between 10 and 19 pills each day. 57% of those polled admit that they forget to take their medications. Among those using five or more medications, 63% say they forget doses, compared to 51% among those who take fewer medicines. (10)
Drugs don't work in patients who don't take them
C. Everett Koop, MD
Remembering to take your medicine is the key to compliance. Medicine will be effective only when taken as prescribed by your physician. Professional Info
Get Medsmart: Despite the fact that medications can save or extend lives, the average patient fails to follow her/his pill prescription half the time.
The reasons behind this failure are varied; ranging from simple forgetfulness to confusion to ambivalence, but the problem costs an estimated $290 billion in emergency-room visits and other avoidable medical expenses in the United States (11).
Studies have shown than non-compliance causes 125,000 deaths annually in the US (2), leads to 10 to 25 percent of hospital and nursing home admissions, and is becoming an international epidemic. It is, in the words of The New York Times (1) the world’s "other drug problem".
Negative Economic Effects of Non-Compliance
· 23% of nursing home admissions due to noncompliance(3).
Cost $31.3 billion / 380,000 patients.
· 10% of hospital admissions due to noncompliance (4,5). Cost $15.2 billion / 3.5 million patients.
· About 50% of the 2 billion prescriptions filled each year are not taken correctly (7).
· 1/3 of patients take all their medicine, 1/3 take some, 1/3 don't take any at all (Rx prescription never filled) (6).
· 25,000,000 nonprofessional caregivers in the US (8).
· 80% of nonprofessional caregivers are women (8).
· 80%-90% of people requiring care in the US receive it from family members or friends (9).
1. The New York Times June 2, 1998
2. Smith, D., Compliance Packaging: A Patient Education Tool, American
Pharmacy, Vol. NS29, No 2 February 1989
3. Standberg, L.R., Drugs as a Reason for Nursing Home Admissions, American Health care Association Journal, 10,20 (1984).
4. Schering Report IX The Forgetful Patient: The High Cost of Improper Patient Compliance.
5. Oregon Department of Human Resources, A study of Long-Term Care in Oregon with Emphasis on the Elderly March 1981.
6. Hayes, R.B.NCPIE Prescription Month, October 1989
7. National Council for Patient Information and Education.
8. Rosalynn Carter Institute of Georgia Southwestern College.
9. Parade Magazine, 1/29/95.
10. Med Ad News February 2010
11. New England Healthcare Institute
e-pill Medication Reminders is Boston based medical device company. Since 1999 e-pill timers, alarm watches, pill boxes with alarms and pill dispensers have helped patients around the world remember to take medications on time (improve medication adherence / patient compliance).