Just as the title says, some new pillbox dispensers sing, flash, and even tattle on you if you do not take your medication. If you are lucky, some medication box systems may even call you on the phone to remind you about what you were supposed to do but did not. It cannot get cleverer and fancier than that, I must say. This was bound to happen eventually, once washing machines started playing musical tunes at the end of their washing and drying cycles.

Newer pill dispenser boxes come in all sizes and types. Some high-tech pill dispensers have alarm systems set up to remind you and your loved ones when medications are due or have been forgotten. In fact, some even flash, and beep to let you know when the exact pill is due.

Newer High-Tech Medication Dispensers Offer Some Advantages

-- Some high-tech pill dispensers actually light up when a particular medication is due.
-- Pill dispenser systems, such as the MedMinder and the MedSmart Automatic Pill Dispensers will notify and remind the patient when the medication is due.
-- A few medications systems even incorporate medication monitoring.
-- Some medication dispenser programs document medication activity.

A few high-tech systems are set up to notify the doctor’s office and family members even if the patient does not have Internet service. Family caregivers can be at work, at a conference, and still receive confirmation that their elderly parents have taken the medication out of the pillbox or dispenser.

The buyer always has to do due diligence and research the product because not all medications systems are alike and not all have the same features. In addition, consult with the physician as to which pill dispensing system may be the most suitable for a senior loved one.

Negative Side to High-Tech Pillboxes

-- The pillbox tab may be lifted, and the pill taken out; however, most pillbox systems never let you know if the patient has swallowed his or her medication, unless being visually observed by a caregiver or a camera.
-- A few high-tech medication systems may be frustrating for some individuals. In fact, some may have difficulty understanding the setup.
-- Patients who have more advanced stages of dementia may not be able to follow the instructions, let alone understand what the lights, alarms, and pill reminder messages are all about. In this case, they will still need a caregiver to observe the action.

Medication Accessories Such as Tablet Splitters Concern the Federal Drug Administration

The first self-help and assistive care tool I bought my mother was a small blue cylinder all-in-one pill splitter and crusher. This tablet splitter had a twist cap lid that would press and crush the pill as the cap was turned. The cutter was easy and safe to use, as long as the pill was placed in the right place and position. My mother was pleased because she had problems splitting let alone swallowing the big calcium and vitamins tablets. The advantage with the blue pill splitter was that no one had to use a sharp knife in order to split the enormous pastel pink calcium pill.

The Federal Drug Administration considers the practice of splitting tablets risky and sometimes even dangerous. In fact, the FDA has even included an online consumer section titled Tablet Splitting: A Risky Practice. . Some medications have been granted FDA splitting approval because “it was part of the manufacturer’s drug application.” If the tablet has Food and Drug Administration splitting approval that information will appear on the drug prescription information usually found in the medication’s prescription insert.

WebMD offers readers a Guide to Pill Splitting which includes some of the information contained in the online section discussed earlier. However, before you split any prescription tablets and over the counter medications (tablet or pill) you must first consult with your physician and a licensed pharmacist.

Senior Helpers understands the advantages of technology along with the need in making sure patients remember and follow the prescriptions outlined by physicians. However, we also understand that some patients will have some difficulty understanding some of the technology associated with the high-tech dispensing systems.

We hope this information was useful.


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