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.
Slomski A. Pill Reminders Don’t Improve Adherence. JAMA. 2017;317(24):2476. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7588