Daily Pill Boxes, Monthly Pill Organizers & 7 Day Pill Cases
What Are Pill Organizers?
Pill boxes, pill organizers and pill containers are medication aids used to help patients take pills on time. Although these terms can convey different meanings, for many these terms have been blended to mean the same thing. A pill box may be used for storage or transport, while other users may employ them as a pill organizer for when medications should be taken. Pill organizers that incorporate advanced features for timing and alerting patients when to take pills are referred to as pill reminders. People have come to use these pill container terms in a blended fashion to mean the same thing—a storage compartment device to aid in dispensing medications or vitamins on a scheduled frequency. See our handy Pill Organizer Selection Guide, Why Use Pill Organizers, Best Pill Organizers/Dispensers, and Pill Organizer Medical Studies.
Is There A Need for Pill Organizers/Dispensers?
Pill orgainzers and dispensers prevent or reduce medication errors. They provide a safe way to store scheduled doses of medications and vitamins. Patients with chronic illnesses often require a mulitude of medications, including pills that counteract the side-effects of other medications. A drew the following conclusions:
- 32 million Americans use three or more pills daily
- 51% of Americans 65 years and loder take at least 5 prescriptions drugs regularly
- 25% take between 10 and 19 pills each day
- 57% of patients indicate that they forget to take their medications
- 75% of adults are non-adherent in one or more ways
- $100 billion dollars are estimaed to be spent annually for non-adherence costs
- @ 50% of people taking chronic medications stop taking them in the first year (The biggest dropout occurs during the first month
- 75% of patients and 50% of the chronically ill fail to comply with physician prescribed doses (Insights, Fall 2014--a study commissioned by CVS Pharmacy)
- Patients are 6 times more likely to take too few pills than too many
- More information about studies and the use of these devices may be found by clicking the link--Usefulness of Pill Organizers
What Are the Types of Pill Cases
- Monthly – setup into a grid or circular pattern with pods for each day
- Weekly – designed with a one-a-day to a four-a-day grid (7-day Pill Case or 28-day Pill Case)
- Daily – medication box constructed for one day, often with four separate compartments
- Travel – compacted easy to travel storage containers
- Organizers – offers compartments segmented by days of the week
- Reminders – visual and audio alerts to signal dosage intervals
- Automatic – prevents patients from early dosing and reminds patients when an administration is due by providing access to medications only at prescribed intervals
What Are Medication Containers Used For?
Caregivers also use these medicine boxes to aid in dispensing medications to their patients on a schedule specified by a doctor or pharmacist. These containers serve in several different roles. They store, organize, schedule, dispense, control and provide verification. These roles or functions are discussed on more detail below.
Pill boxes offer an easy way to store medications prior to dispensing. Most of these containers offer a compact design that is portable for traveling or just to carry along to the office. They make it easier for patients to keep pills close-at-hand for when they are needed. They also provide a quick inventory check of what is available for future dosing.
Pill organizers allow for easier management of what is needed and when. These containers allow patients and caregivers to prepare for future doses. Doses can be assembled into a convenient compartment that provides for easy access and faster administration. It provides greater structure and order to prevent overdosing or under-dosing.
The simple compartment structure of a pill case lends itself to regulate and time administration intervals. Each compartment or pod is labeled with a corresponding period for administration.
Newer devices are set up with electronic timers to give notice or alerts to the patient or caregiver when an administration is due. These alerts are accomplished by an audible sound or flashing light or both. These devices signal to the patient when a medication interval has arrived and allows access to the medicine that is prescribed for that particular time. Often referred to as pill reminders, these devices have shown to be useful for patients that often forget to take their medication on time.
This management technique delivers medications on-time to patients when they are mandated. Pill pods or containers are locked from access until the right time arrives for their administration. These electronic pill organizers or e-pill devices work on a timer. The caregiver refills the device and locks the cover. When the prescribed time occurs, the compartment for that period is unlocked, allowing the patient access to the pill compartment for that time period. This device is also setup as a medication reminder with a patient alert system similar to a pill dispenser. These medication control devices have proven very effective in keeping patients medicated on a prescribed schedule.
Pill planners or pill schedulers allow for periodic auditing and validation that medications are being taken or administered as prescribed. Just by simply opening the lid to check its’ contents reveals whether the pills have already been taken. An empty compartment is a good signal that the medication has already been consumed. It provides a method of monitoring and tracking to inventory what pills have already been administered and what remains. It provides for easy surveillance and compliance assessment. This method of confirmation provides for better administration management and adherence to prescription dosages.
Pill Organizer Selection Guide
Vitality Medical has an assortment of Pill Boxes, Pill Organizers, Reminders and Automatic Dispensers for you to select from. You can choose from Daily Pill Boxes, 7-Day Pill Organizers, a Monthly Pill Box, or Medication Envelopes to assist you in taking medications on time. Using a pill organizer is particularly helpful when an individual has trouble remembering what pills to take and when to take them. Managing your medications is very important, especially when taking one or more pills several times a day for multiple days. Pill Organizers ensure that medication is administered everyday on time, every time. Pill organizer and pill cases makes it convenient and easy to organize your medication regimen and to ensure your medications are taken at the correct time and day.
Many individuals take multiple medications and/or vitamins throughout the day. Medication bottles clutter counter space and may be difficult to manage. A daily pill box cleans up the space and helps you remember when to take the medication. Choose from 7-Day pill cases, including 7-Day Mediplanner designed with slots for morning, noon, evening and bedtime. Monthly pill organizers are even possible with the MedELert Automatic Pill Dispenser that allows for customize dosing combinations to meet your needs.
The Best Pill Organizers/Dispensers
Top Selling Medication Organizers/Dispensers include the 1 Week Deluxe Pill Box, Fit and Healthy Organizer, Ambidextrous Pill Counter, the Reminder Rosie, and the One-Day-At-A-Time 7 Day Pill Organizer which is designed with four daily slots for morning, noon, evening, and bedtime. Some products take it a step further and provide a pill box or pill case with notification and locking settings so it will sound an alarm or light up when it's time to take the medication. Modern pill dispensers with automated dispensing combines storage, a timer, a notification system, and a controlled locking distribution system to prevent early dosing or mis-dosing. The sales leader for these types of devices is the MedELert Automatic Pill Dispenser. Whatever you need, there are pill organizers to help you simplify or automate the process.
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