Can't Keep Track of Your Pills? Try a Med Vault

One of the unfortunate facts about getting older is the dramatic increase in the number of pills one has to take. Luckily, at this point I only have two pills to take once daily, but I look at my mother and her collection of pills and I sometimes wonder how she keeps track of them. If you’ve dealt with anyone with any kind of ailment, you are intimately familiar with the pills by the day, or week, or whatever boxes, clearly marked for either a day or a time of day, where you’re supposed to put your pills and then take them accordingly. Which is great…but what if it’s a dementia patient? An overdose can be deadly, particularly in the case of pain pills.

This is where Med Vault comes in. It was specifically designed to prevent abuse of pain medicine, although I’m sure it could be used for whatever pills your doctor or pharmacist find necessary. Let’s just deal with pain pills right now, though, since that’s the focus of the Med Vault project. The patient can’t actually access the pill supply, for starters. Med Vault is exactly that…a vault. It is tamper-proof, and the only way it can be filled is to hook it up to a computer so the pharmacist can place the prescription inside. It is capable of dispensing any size or shape of pill, and uses proprietary software to ensure only the correct dose at the correct intervals is dispensed from the vault. Once the Vault is disconnected from your pharmacist’s computer, it automatically locks, and it would take more ingenuity than most patients (or potential drug thieves) possess to open it again. To further ensure that the pills do not end up in the wrong hands, the patient must enter a code at the correct time before a pill will be dispensed.

Currently, this is a prototype, under patent by Chris Blackburn, Las Vegas paramedic and president of Blackstone. Which of course means there is no information on pricing or availability, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it available in relatively short order.


Source: Damn Geeky

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