DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ — A leader in healthcare,
Henry Ford Health System will introduce at its hospitals and
pharmacies “The Pill Timer,” representing a “breakthrough” designed
to improve treatment outcomes and reduce adverse drug events often
resulting in costly hospital admissions due to poor medication
management by patients.
For the first time, pharmacists will provide free programmable
timers with Rexam prescription vials, which give audio and visual
alerts at prescribed intervals for medication dispensed at pharmacy
counters. Rexam is the world’s leading manufacturer of prescription
vials; Med Time a leader in medication management solutions.
According to Steve Duda, Director of Pharmacy at Henry Ford
Health System, “the strategic alliance will enable Henry Ford
Continued Care to help chronically ill patients manage their
medication more effectively. The Pill-Timer is an important
breakthrough for our patients. We’re proud to be early adopters of
this medication management system.”
Nationwide, poor medication management is a staggering problem
estimated to cause 300,000 deaths and cost the U.S. economy $300
Rexam Sales Director Mike Vanderpol cited a growing recognition
that a multidisciplinary approach to medication taking behavior is
necessary for medication adherence. This led to collaboration
between Rexam, Henry Ford and Med Time to promote a new model
— the “Medicine Education Team.”
Pharmacists understand that medications should be kept in the
original USP approved pharmacy vial as dispensed and medications
must be taken at prescribed dosage intervals to be effective, said
Craig Schreiber, President of Med Time Technology, Inc., (www.medtimetechnology.com).
Schreiber began development of The Pill Timer after his
mother died partly as a result of poor medication management. .