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Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele. Has 26 years experience.

Vitality GlowCaps smart pill bottle toppers now available on Amazon

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AT&T-connected Vitality GlowCaps are finally available on Amazon. The intelligent pill caps, which use flashing lights and audio reminders, as well as phone calls and SMS, to remind forgetful patients that it's down-the-hatch time, retail between $10 and $15 a month through a Vitality connectivity service plan.

Full Story: Vitality GlowCaps smart pill bottle toppers now available on Amazon -- Engadget

This is an interesting advancement in technology. Nurses, what do you think about this idea? Do you think it will help medication compliance? Do you think this will be an effective way for elderly people to remember to take their meds?

I just thought this would be an interesting topic to discuss. Personally, I think it's pretty cool, but I am total gadget geek. However, I think it's pretty cost prohibitive and will have a problem getting sales traction with the masses.

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VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

Working with the elderly as I've done throughout most of my career, I see a limited use for these devices, which I personally would love to have as I too am a gadget geek who happens to forget MY meds at least once a week.

For one thing, they are indeed too expensive, especially for people who take a lot of medication and are on a fixed income. For another, elders who take meds more than once a day often find it easier to use a "med minder" that holds a week's worth of pills in compartments separated by day and time, rather than individual bottles with 'child-safe' caps that they have to fight (usually with arthritic fingers) to open.

Still........these are pretty neat. :D

RetRN77

Specializes in Labor/Delivery, Pediatrics, Peds ER. Has 20 years experience.

Wow! Too cool! I was all set to go out and buy, but then I saw the price! And Viva has a point - it is difficult with arthritic hands to deal with caps, and I'll bet these are childproof as well. I can't use childproof caps. Another disadvantage - elderly people have difficulty with remembering that cordless phones need buttons pushed to answer and hang up aren't going to find SMS an advantage, LOL, although apparently they could choose phone calls instead.

I have an awful tendency to take my pills and then wonder immediately if I did - definitely going to have to invest in the med minder boxes that I use for my son - for myself. :( Wish this would be a good solution for me - I like geeky stuff!

Oh, and AT&T - yuk. avataratt.jpg

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VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

I have an awful tendency to take my pills and then wonder immediately if I did - definitely going to have to invest in the med minder boxes that I use for my son - for myself.

Oh, don't you just HATE that? Same thing happens to me more often than I care to admit: I'll take my meds, and then five minutes later have absolutely no recall of having done so. I've learned to not freak out over it---usually I can retrace my steps and then visualize myself taking them; however, I think I did double-dose myself a couple of times because I remember feeling awful later and couldn't stay out of the bathroom for hours on end (BP meds will do that, especially when you take 200 mg of atenolol and 160 mg of Lasix!!). :rolleyes:

RetRN77

Specializes in Labor/Delivery, Pediatrics, Peds ER. Has 20 years experience.

Same for me! I always try to retrace my steps, but often I clearly remember the intent to take them, but not whether I actually followed through. One night, I figured I must have blown it for sure, because within 15 minutes of taking a dose, I was frightfully dizzy for about 12 hours.:uhoh3:

Time to stop talking about the med minders and actually do it! Tylenol is the worst - I already take the max dose, so if I mess up...:crying2:

TiffyRN, ADN, BSN, PhD

Specializes in NICU. Has 27 years experience.

I take birth control pills so I just have to check that pack and see what day I am on. I set my husband up with a week's supply of his meds at a time so he just has to remember what day of the week it is.

usalsfyre

Specializes in CCT. Has 8 years experience.

For another, elders who take meds more than once a day often find it easier to use a "med minder" that holds a week's worth of pills in compartments separated by day and time, rather than individual bottles with 'child-safe' caps that they have to fight (usually with arthritic fingers) to open.

As an aside, I know it's easier for the patient, however I HATE these things. With a passion. When you get to the "current medication and dosing" part of a history and physical exam the patient will hand you "their box" and expect you to be able to recall from memory/use the force to determine what meds their on and the dose just by looking at the pill itself.

So as much as I'd love to see the caps become standard, I agree with others it won't for reasons already mentioned.

GitanoRN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma, ER, ICU, CCU, PACU, GI, Cardiology, OR. Has 52 years experience.

My 2 cents go as follows, it would be a great solution if medicare or any health insurance would cover the cost of these new "smart pill bottle Tops"...just saying.... :redbeathe

That Guy, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab. Has 6 years experience.

I take birth control pills so I just have to check that pack and see what day I am on. I set my husband up with a week's supply of his meds at a time so he just has to remember what day of the week it is.

If he is anything like me, that can be hard at times.

Ive been following this since I was first introduced and think it is a great idea....if it can be incorporated into the geri population. I know that my grandma can barely get her cellphone to work and could see a big push of dont give me those things, I dont know how to use them so I wont.

And I hope that it is not 10-15 bucks per bottle top per month otherwise I can see that being way to expensive. But it is ATT so i wouldnt doubt it.

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