There has been plenty of chatter by the media these days but preventative solutions for the opioid crisis is one to pay close attention to. People need to be aware of the simple tools such as the TimerCap that help prevent, under/over dosing, household diversion and create positive long-term medication habits with medication in bottles they are dispensed in.
How can TimerCaps help under and over dosing of medication?
✔ Monitor of last dosage – Disoriented and cognitively impaired patients need a tool to know last dose and when it is safe to take another or resume.
✔ Managing medication in the bottles they are dispensed. Medication and labeling should be together for the highest level of patient safety.
✔ Lift Adherence (Taking medication as prescribed) – Proven to lift adherence by up to 33%
✔ Detection of household diversion – Child Safety packaging does not address the at risk children from 6 – 16.
✔ Deterrent of unwanted openings – A greater likelihood of being caught reduces the attempts of diversion.
✔ Habituation for long-term adherence – Per the CVS Study the first 60 days determines long-term adherence patterns.
As doctors and pharmacies are being scrutinized, restrictions and unifying databases are being mandated, the main culprit is not being addressed. The patients that are mentally impaired by the opioids need tools for monitoring their last drug intake. What gets measured gets done, making the patient’s part of the solution from the beginning by giving them the right tools to be responsible with their drug intake. What we know is that patients disoriented on opioids in traditional packaging and forced to find external means of tracking are not working.
Cognitively impaired patients need automatic timers that count up since last opened to let patients and caregivers truly monitor usage to prevent unintended abuse, household diversion detection, and to know when it is safe again to use a motor vehicle. Opioid needs to stay in containers they are dispensed in for most safety with all vital information such as: patient, medication name, pill descriptions, dosage, and side effects in case of an emergency.
Traditional dispensing in bottles with generic cap is analogues of giving a person an automobile without a speedometer. Sure they can read the posted speed signs but without a speedometer they have no way of knowing how fast or slow they are going so they can appropriately self-correct. They can only guess or find out when pulled over by enforcement, this is what is happening to opioid patients they are already impaired and have no way to track their last usage.
The TimerCap is a cap with a built-in stopwatch, it resets every time you close the container and begins to count up to display time passed since last closed. This means the cap is not competing with labeling instructions, foolproof as it starts and resets every time it opens. Bottomline: This is simple enough for anyone to use without instructions and inexpensive.
TimerCaps are inexpensive and have been proven to help patients take their medication as prescribed and is the perfect tool for opioid tracking and diversion detection. This keep medication and labeling in the container its dispensed in for most safety, keeping all vital information such as: patient, medication name, pill descriptions, dosage, side effects, warnings, prescribing doctor, pharmacy, and refill information. This makes it simple for easy identification of medications and time of last dosage in case of emergency.
Watch Larry Twersky, the CEO of TimerCap LLC speak on this matter and explain why the TimerCap helps curb opioid abuse:
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