Vitality Inc., a US-based company, intends to sell a new pill-bottle system that should help people take their medicine in time.
The system functions this way: when a pill-bottle cap is opened, a signal is transmitted to a base station that you need to have in your home. If the pill-bottle cap is not opened in time, the base station, “which looks like a night light”, will blink or play jingles in order to remind you that it’s time to take your pills.
In case you’re not around the station, this can be set to send a message to Vitality, which will place an automated call to your phone, or send an SMS with the same purpose – reminding you that it’s medication time. The phone calls would be made via AT&T‘s network.
Vitality hasn’t decided on what price the pill bottle cap system will have. Also, there’s no word yet on when this will be commercially available.
According to a study published earlier this year by the New England Healthcare Institute, the US spends about $290 billion each year because people don’t take medicine when they are prescribed.
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