Packaging reminds patients to take drugs

Packaging is paving the way for improved patient compliance with drug regimens. The so-called Pill Timer, being introduced by the Henry Ford Health System, promises to improve treatment outcomes through better medication management by patients.

The solution comes from an alliance between the healthcare provider, prescription-vial maker Rexam and medication management solution provider Med Time. Pharmacists will give patients free programmable timers with Rexam prescription vials; the vials will provide audio and visual alerts at prescribed intervals.

Henry Ford Continued Care will use the enhanced packaging for chronically ill patients. The system meets USP safety requirements, according to an announcement.

- see the Henry Ford release