“Sometimes I say medication is even tougher than the illness”
by Sanva Richards-Ross.
Medication and medicine are the treatments used to cure illness and to control it. But it is not easy to manage the medication schedule. It is very common that each and every one of us misses some dose of our medicine due to various reasons such as busy schedule, going for vacations or outing and lot more. Complex instructions given to patients to follow, where some medicine prescribed to take before food, before certain number of hours or after consuming food or at a particular time also are some reasons to drop medication. Many reasons will be there but ultimately it is harming us and effecting our health conditions. So consuming medicine at the instructed time and amount is important for every human being.
Medication management system is a process which helps to use the medication safely. Range of Medication management systems are available in the market where consumer confuse in selecting the most appropriate medication management system to themselves.
Factors to consider when selecting a Medication Management System
Various factors have to follow in the process of selecting the most appropriate medication management system for an individual. First thing is to recognizing importance of the medicine consumed by you, an individual with heart disease may take medicine for heart disease as well he can take extra vitamins so from this, medicine for heart disease is more critical and next come the vitamins for a patient like this a system which reminds you of important medicine is suitable. Not only the medicine but also the quantity it is also important, the quantities taken by different medicine can sometimes mixed up which will result damage to you. A system with storage capacity will be suitable in this kind of situation.
The medication can be instructed to take in a certain time or before or after certain time from consuming food so the time at when medicine must take is also important where a system which reminds you or alert you to take medicine is suitable. With the busy life schedules of people they will need to travel most of the time or stay away from home which make them difficult to reach home to take medication at time so for a situation like this a system including portable option of medicine is suitable. Some medication can prescribed to take in a certain manner can include avoiding specific food or taking alone, in situations where medication prescribed with lot of instruction a system which can display instructions are more suitable because it is hard to remind all the instructions given.
The medication management system differ according to the medicine prescribed to you so the system should select considering above mentioned facts.
For an individual who are taking noncritical medicine can use their smart phone as medication management system. When criticality of the medicine are in lower level it can use more simple system to manage medicine management. The smart phone applications such as Pill Monitor in Apple store and MedCoach Medication application in Google play and iTunes can use in this situation where smart phone will remind you to take medicine by vibrating your phone or activating an alarm, which will easily manage the medications taken for non-critical situations.
For an individual who is taking little amount of critical medicine can take Adheretech smart bottle which is a bottle connected to internet which will signals by lightning up the bottle at the time medicine must take and if a dose skipped by a patient message will sent to the user or caregiver. The amount of medicine consumed records in the bottle where the product maintain a complete log of the usage of particular medicine.
Timing caps is another commonly used medication management system which can use to avoid overdosing of medicine. This device bottle include LCD clock as cap of the bottle which count the time where cap of the bottle was lastly touched. Through this device it can count the exact number of hours and minutes when medicine are lastly consumed by the patient.
Your minder device is a device used when consuming multiple medicines at once. This device contains an alarm clock which buzzer with a large digital screen which will remind you to take medicine on time. This device is also including a prerecorded message system which will remind regarding the medication six times in a day about the time and the dose of the particular medicine.
CompuMed is a device which used when consuming multiple medicines at once, this device is a countertop device which store medicine needed for several weeks, this will buzzer an alarm to take medication at time for a preprogrammed schedule. This device comes with a case to carry it which makes this device portable when needed by the consumer.
If you are a travelling person then this device suites you and ensure that you won’t forget your medication. PillPack is a device which is web-based and this device is supplemented through a fax or phone communication between the pharmacy and the physician. The consumer offered with a medication for one month at once confirming the start date of the medication where the various medicine are stored in packages in the device. Each and every package is named with the date and time the medicine must take.
PASS Packs is another device who offer pre packed medication for the patients naming the time and dates the medicine should take. This medication management system will communicate with the patients or their caregivers to make sure patients are taking the medicine in the prescribed way.
Med-E-Lert is a device to use when prescribed with more than six medicines per day where handling large number of medicines at once being difficult and confusing. This device is portable and contain with 28 different compartment trays which will contain compartments which can carry 18 aspirin size drugs. This device contains an alarm and a blinking light to remind the patients to take medicine.
MedMinder is a device which connect to internet and contain with compartments. This can keep both compartments locked and unlocked. The device store products for a week and will buzzer an alarm and blink light from the relevant compartment. This device connects to internet so this will contact with the caregivers if a dose of medication is dropped and this device will track the medication pattern and secure the history of medication consumption of the patient.
PillBox from drPoket device is a preprogrammed device controlled by the dispenser. Patient doesn’t need to sort the medication and pack them taking lot time. Dispense can control pill numbers up to eight which stored separately from each other and communication is done through the smart phone. Smart phone contains information in the drPoket platform. This device can accessed by any person who is with security codes.
Above mentioned is some medication management systems and factors which must be considered when selecting most appropriate medication management system for individual. A proper medication management is an essential need in for people who are consuming medicine to maintain a proper and healthy life from consuming the medication as per the prescribed manner.