Do you have a real time solution?
Yes, one example is a dedicated NFC smartphone which can be used to read the MEMS® monitors at any time at a remote location.
Note that a real time solution has an impact on the price and requires a higher support level on your side. Contact us for more information.
Why is a customer grade product available on Internet not a good solution for my research or my trials?
A consumer product is not designed with the accuracy and the robustness needed for professional use. Indeed, the “best we can” approach used in commercial products is not acceptable for professional use where the collection, storage and transmission of dosing history data is “mission-critical”.
Why is a rechargeable solution not a good idea?
All the real time solutions based on mobile phone modules (SMS/2G/3G/4G) or on a Bluetooth use a lot of power (unlike NFC) and need a rechargeable or replaceable battery. This means that the patients have then to recharge their adherence monitors on a regularly basis. Our smart packages solutions based on MEMS® technology are self-sufficient for at least 36 months without any recharging. In fact, the MEMS® is the only professional solution with this lifetime.
Is there a reminder feature on your product?
Yes. Through the LCD display which is integrated in our Smart package, and which allows an easy access to the patient’s medication taking behavior information.
The LCD shows the number of medication events taken by the patient during the current day. It also shows the time elapsed since the last dose. Those functionalities allow the patients to monitor their progress and develop the habit of taking the medication without the intrusiveness of a reminder alarm. In reality, forgetfulness is only one of the multitude of reasons for non-adherence. There are over 700 reasons for non-adherence and if a product relies only on reminders for increasing adherence, it is estimated that less than 7% of the population who take the medication on specific time will benefit from reminders.
Apart from a few medications that patients have to take at a specific time, the remaining patient population is more flexible in terms of how they should take their medications, which is completely acceptable from pharmaceutics point of view. As a result, most of the reminders do not serve the purpose of medication adherence since they are time based and rigid.
However, reducing the problem of adherence to simple forgetfulness, and even more address it with intrusive reminders, equates to treating the patient as an assisted person, very far from their empowerment which is the key of a good adherent behavior.
Indeed, it is scientifically proven that these reminder solutions only improve the adherences by a few percent, which only affects a patient population of a certain profile. In fact, in most cases, people tend to ignore such reminders.