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Clinical Trials Update
June 27, 2017

Pill Reminders Don’t Improve Adherence

JAMA. 2017;317(24):2476. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7588

Simple medication reminder devices don’t improve patients’ adherence to medication regimens, found a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The trial tested a pill bottle strip with toggles for each day, a pill bottle cap with a digital timer displaying time elapsed since the medication was taken, and a standard pillbox with 1 compartment for each day.

Participants (n = 53 480) were enrollees of a pharmacy benefit manager who were taking 1 to 3 oral medications for common chronic conditions and weren’t adhering to their prescribed therapies.

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