Smart Pill Dispenser

Pill Connect Smart Pill Dispenser

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Pill Connect is a ground-breaking smart pill dispenser specifically designed to enhance medication adherence in clinical trials. This state-of-the-art device is equipped with advanced features and an intuitive design, enabling participants to manage adherence to medication regimens efficiently. With its compatibility with MEMS AS®, the solution provides researchers with real-time insights into the adherence levels of study participants, allowing them to track the evolution of medication-taking behavior throughout the trial.

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How Does the Smart Pill Dispenser Work?

In clinical trials, poor adherence to the medication regimen is a prevalent issue that can pose significant challenges for researchers. When patients do not take their medication as prescribed, it can impede researchers' ability to accurately calculate the safety and efficacy of the product under investigation. This, in turn, may result in the need for larger sample sizes, extended trial timelines, and increased research costs.

Fortunately, AARDEX Group and Pill Connect offer a practical and effective solution to this challenge. Pill Connect's smart pill dispenser features hidden sensors in the cap that capture the date and time pills, or capsules are dispensed, storing this information in the device's internal memory. This data synchronizes with AARDEX Group's adherence software, MEMS AS, which analyzes it using over seventy proprietary algorithms to provide researchers with user-friendly dashboards highlighting problematic adherence patterns.

By combining AARDEX Group's expertise in adherence monitoring with Pill Connect's innovative technology, researchers can enhance the accuracy and reliability of clinical trial results, enabling them to detect and address adherence issues before they become a problem. Ultimately, this partnership is helping to transform the way clinical trials are conducted, making it easier to develop and bring safe and effective treatments to market.


Monitor Adherence to Medication in Real-Time.

The integration of Pill Connect with MEMS AS provides a comprehensive approach to managing patient adherence in clinical trials. Researchers can access highly precise data and monitor adherence in real-time, allowing them to identify and address issues promptly. These advanced technologies also offer a more efficient and effective way of managing adherence while providing patients the support they need to stay on track with their medications. The all-in-one solution offered by Pill Connect and MEMS AS helps optimize patient outcomes, ensuring that clinical trials are conducted with unparalleled accuracy and reliability.


Measure Adherence with Precision.

Harnessing pill dispensers combined with adherence software is unmatched when compared to traditional methods of monitoring adherence, like pill count, self-report, and PK sampling. Our innovative approach provides exceptional accuracy and a range of additional features that set it apart from other methods. Studies have shown that centralized monitoring and pill dispensers achieve an impressive 97% accuracy rate in tracking and collecting participant medication events. In comparison, PK sampling can only achieve a 70% accuracy rate, while pill count and self-report can only achieve 60% and 27%, respectively.


Prevent Medication Errors.

Pill Connect dispenses the exact dose of medication required for each patient. This feature is essential for patient adherence in clinical trials because it ensures that patients receive the prescribed dose of medication at the correct time, which is critical for achieving the desired therapeutic effect. Inaccurate dosing can have detrimental consequences, including reduced medication efficacy and increased risk of adverse events. Dispensing the wrong dose of medication may also impact the accuracy and reliability of study results, leading to incorrect conclusions about the medication's effectiveness.


Unobtrusive Medication Reminders.

Eliminating barriers to medication adherence is crucial to achieving optimal participant outcomes and maintaining research integrity. We understand that providing user-friendly solutions that place no burden on participants is essential, only that they take their medication as prescribed. Furthermore, our solutions prioritize patient-centricity and offer participants access to MEMS® Mobile, a convenient app that allows them to schedule medication reminders and stay on track with their dosing regimen. This feature ensures that participants receive timely and accurate medication reminders, reducing the risk of non-adherence and promoting positive patient outcomes.


FDA Advocated Strategy.

The FDA is urging the research industry to prioritize medication adherence in clinical trials, as stated in their recent guidance on "Enrichment Strategies for Clinical Trials to Support Determination of Effectiveness of Human Drugs and Biological Products." The FDA is advocating for the use of smart pill dispensers as an innovative solution to encourage patients to adhere to their prescribed medication regimens. By utilizing smart pill dispensers, researchers can take a proactive approach to medication management, promoting patient safety, optimizing outcomes, and improving the accuracy and reliability of clinical trial data.


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Some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies have embraced our medication adherence solutions. From global giants to niche players, these organizations have recognized the value of our innovative solutions for enhancing medication adherence, reducing costs, and improving patient outcomes. It's an honor to partner with these remarkable brands, and we're proud to contribute to their efforts in advancing healthcare.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Adherence to the medication is a vital yet often overlooked aspect of successful research. That's why we've gone the extra mile to gather and organize the most frequently asked questions about this critical topic. Our goal is to empower researchers and patients alike with the knowledge they need to ensure patient adherence is never a hurdle to progress. So, without further ado, here are the answers you've been looking for!

Adhering to medication regimens is critical in clinical trials because it ensures that the study results are accurate and reliable. When patients do not adhere to the prescribed treatment regimen, it can compromise the validity of the study results and make it difficult for researchers to accurately assess the safety and efficacy of the medication being tested.

In clinical trials, medication adherence is closely monitored and tracked to ensure that patients are taking the medication as prescribed. This can be achieved through various methods, such as patient self-reporting, pill counts, PK sampling, and Medication Event Monitoring Systems (MEMS), such as AARDEX Group’s MEMS AS.

Patient education: Providing patients with clear and concise information about the medication being tested, the treatment regimen, and any potential side effects can help to improve adherence.

Simplified treatment regimen: A simple treatment regimen with fewer doses and a clear dosing schedule can make it easier for patients to adhere to the prescribed treatment.

Patient support: Providing patients with access to support resources, such as a nurse or clinical coordinator, can help them to manage any challenges they may face while adhering to the treatment regimen.

Reminders: Using reminder systems, such as text messages or automated phone calls, can help to remind patients to take their medication at the prescribed times.

Incentives: Offering incentives, such as gift cards or prizes, can encourage patients to adhere to the prescribed treatment regimen.

Technology: Using technology, such as smart pill dispensers or medication monitoring systems, can help to track and monitor medication usage, ensuring that patients adhere to the prescribed treatment regimen.

Trust and rapport: Building trust and rapport with patients can help to enhance adherence, as patients are more likely to adhere to the treatment regimen if they trust and have a good relationship with their healthcare provider.

Overall, by addressing these factors, healthcare providers and researchers can help to improve adherence in clinical trials, ensuring that the study results are accurate and reliable and maximizing the potential benefits of the treatment being tested.

They are advanced electronic devices that are designed to help patients manage their medications more effectively. These devices typically use technology, such as sensors and connectivity features, to monitor and track medication usage, ensuring that patients adhere to their prescribed treatment regimens.

They come in various shapes and sizes, but they typically have the following features:

Automatic dispensing: can automatically dispense medications at predetermined times, eliminating the need for patients to remember to take their medications.

Reminders: Many dispensers have built-in reminder systems that alert patients when it is time to take their medications, helping to ensure adherence to the treatment regimen.

Connectivity: can connect to other devices, such as smartphones or computers, to provide real-time updates on medication usage and other data.

Data tracking: can track medication usage over time, providing valuable data that can be used to monitor adherence and make necessary adjustments to the treatment regimen.

Security features: Some dispensers have security features, such as fingerprint or password authentication, to prevent unauthorized access to medication.

Overall, smart pill dispensers are an innovative and effective tool for improving medication adherence, ensuring that patients receive the full benefit of their prescribed treatment regimens.

The smart pill dispenser is capable of recording events, such as medication dispenses and bottle swaps. This data can then be easily accessed via a smartphone and sent to remote clinical trial monitoring platforms for analysis and review. This feature ensures that medication adherence data is readily available to healthcare providers, improving patient care and facilitating better treatment outcomes.

The smart pill dispenser is compatible with a wide range of medication types, including capsules size 0 to 5 and various tablet sizes. This feature ensures that patients can easily manage their medications, regardless of the specific type of medication they are taking. With this versatility, the smart pill dispenser provides a convenient and effective solution for medication management and adherence.

The smart pill dispenser is a versatile device that is designed to fit most standard medication bottles, including those with 33-400 and 38-400 neck finishes. This compatibility ensures that patients can easily integrate the smart pill dispenser into their existing medication regimen, without having to switch to a specific type of medication bottle.

Certainly. The smart pill dispenser is designed to be user-friendly and easy to use. It features a standard cap with a Child Resistant Senior Friendly (CRSF) feature that fits on top of the dispenser. The dispenser is then attached to the screw thread of the medication bottle using a simple push and twist mechanism. This ensures that the dispenser is securely attached to the bottle, providing a reliable and accurate dispensing of medication. With this intuitive design, the smart pill dispenser offers a convenient and effective solution for medication management and adherence.


Mitigating the Risk of Poor Adherence in Trials

Watch this live recording with adherence experts from Merck & Biogen to learn about their approach to mitigating the risk of poor adherence in trials.

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Collaborating for Safer, More Efficient Trials.

By combining technology and partnerships, we are revolutionizing how medication adherence is monitored in clinical trials. Our unique adherence ecosystem brings together leading medication adherence packaging and devices and DCT, IRT, and EDC vendors, CROs, and CMOs to drive innovation.