Med-Q Introduces Tool to Reduce Medication Errors
Released on: December 15, 2011, 9:25 am
PHOENIX, Arizona, December 15, 2011—When Lee DeMar was running
a Phoenix-based nursing agency, he constantly heard his nurses voice
their frustration over the fact that many of their older clients were
not taking their medications when they should and as a result cycling
back to the ER (the nurses worked exclusively at hospitals). Known as
medication non-compliance (or non-adherence), it is the failure to take
prescription medication on time and in the dosages prescribed.
Medication non-compliance — which has been called America's “other drug problem” by
The New York Times — results in an estimated $290 billion in emergency room visits
and other avoidable medical expenses and health crises. These medication errors
account for 10 percent of all hospital admissions, and is attributed to at least
125,000 deaths annually, according to the New England Healthcare Institute.
DeMar immediately recognized the urgency of this growing problem and through his
company, Med-Q, developed the Med-Q Pillbox, an innovative solution to the
challenges of medication non-compliance. The unit retails for $49.95 and is being
launched at a special introductory price of $39.95.
Featuring a unique modern design, the Med-Q Pillbox is unlike any pill organizer on
the market. It is a self-contained, "all-in-one" electronic weekly organizer,
reminder and dispenser. According to DeMar, “The Med-Q Pillbox features a
user-friendly design and multipurpose functionality to assist a wide range of
individuals taking daily medications and vitamins."
The Med-Q Pillbox consists of 14 days' worth of roomy, individualized compartments
to accommodate once a day (for 14 days) or twice a day (for 7 days) medication
regimens. Each individual compartment is specially fitted with large flip-up tabs
for easy opening and can hold the equivalent of up to 30 regular-size aspirins.
Additionally, each compartment can be removed from the pillbox base eliminating the
potential to spill pills from other compartments that may not be closed securely. An
extra large LED makes it easier to program and see the day, time and "next alert."
Med-Q's electronic dual reminder system, according to DeMar “is a technology and
design breakthrough for individuals and families trying to adhere to daily
medication regimens and live a medically-independent life.”
Powered by two AA batteries, the Med-Q Pillbox combines advanced audio and visual
alarms, and may be programmed to fit any schedule. The audio alarm, available in
one- or two-beep options, cascades in volume and is loud enough to be heard through
a nightstand drawer. The visual alarm utilizes LED-Lightbox Technology™ to
illuminate individual compartments with a flashing light and indicates which pills
The goal of the Med-Q Pillbox is to reduce medication errors. For more information
or to purchase the Med-Q Pillbox, please visit www.medqpillbox.com or call
Med-Q (www.medqpillbox.com) is a division of Just Plain Better, a Phoenix-based
think tank founded in 2009. The company is at the forefront of innovative research
and development to bring medical and home health products to market to promote a
healthier living environment and medical independence.
Contact Details: Gabrielle Melisende, PR contact
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