Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy With Her Med-E-Lert Purchase

Purchased this pill dispenser to help with my elderly father who was taking his pills incorrectly...The timer and fact that you can only take the pills on the designated day is a great design...Easy to use...highly recommended it! - Joanne Lewis

Friday, December 18, 2009




Happy and Prosperous

Friday, November 13, 2009

Americans Do Not Take Prescription Medicines As Instructed

More Than Half of Americans do not take Prescription Medicines as Instructed Pointing to Growing Public Health Problem

A new omnibus survey released today by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and Prescription Solutions, a leading pharmacy benefit management organization and a UnitedHealth group company and recently appointed to the NCPIE Board of Directors, finds that 54 percent of Americans say they do not consistently take prescriptions as instructed even though 87 percent believe prescription medicines are important to their health - pointing to a growing public health problem.

Poor adhearance to medications - the extent to which people take their medications as prescribed by their doctor - can have adverse effects on people's health. It diminishes the ability to treat chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma and many other diseases; and it can result in suffering, an increase in hospitalizations and even death. This and other findings confirm the need for immediate action to address 10 key recommendations made by the NCPIE widely-recognized 2007 report. "Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adhearance; A National Action Plan" which include:
  • Immediately impliment professionsl training and increase the funding for professional education on patient medication adhearance
  • Develop a curriculum on medication adhearance for the use in medical schools and allied health care institutions.
  • Address the barriers to patient adhearance for patients with low health literacy.
  • Create the means to share information about best practices in adhearance education and management.

November 12, 2009
National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
200-A Monroe Street, Suite 212
Rockville, MD 20850-4448
Phone: (301) 340- 3940
Fax: (301) 340-3944

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What People Say about Med-E-Lert

"I have to tell you how great this product is. My father is 80 and has Alzhermer's. I didn't think he would be able to use Med-E-Lert, but he can. The alarm goes off and he's reminded to take his pills. He just turns the unit over and the right dose drops in his hand. He can't access any other pills until it is time for the next dose. So thank you for making my life and his, much easier and safer." - Cyndi, Deerfield MI

Friday, October 23, 2009



The Med-E-Lert is an excellent product to help people become more "Medication Compliant"

The Med-E-Lert Is Equal In Quality And Functions To Pill Dispensers Selling For $289.00

But Sells For Only $69.95

The Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser is a medication reminder and and automated pill dispenser in one easy to use device. The most affrodable device of its kind, the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser is ideal for the home, nursing homes, hospices, and hospitals. The Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser gives patients, care givers, and loved ones peace of mind by ensuring that only the prescribed dose of medication is available and patient compliance is achieved.

Designed with safety and convience in mind, the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser features a secured, tamper-proof, locking key system to avoid over-medication. With 28 compartments, the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser can be used for medication taken up to four times daily. Three different alarm tones and a blinking red light alert the patient when medication needs to be taken. The Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser includes four discs that can be inserted to indicate the day of the week and time of the day depending on the number of doses needed daily. despite its compact size, the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser also features the largest pill compartments of any other automatic pill dispenser.

The Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser is designed especially for the elderly, alzheimer's patients, visually or mentally impaired, and patients with complicated daily medical regimes. Caregiver facilities can enjoy the savings the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser brings them by reducing the need for personnel to distribute medication. Enjoy convenience and peace of mind when you buy the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser.

For More Information And A Sample Contact

John Krans
International Sales Manager

716-907-3395 (US)


Med Compliance Could Save $290B Yearly

August 17, 2009 -- By Tracy Staton

If patients just took their meds as directed, pharma sales would grow significantly. That's why drugmakers have been trying all sorts of ways to remind folks to take their pills: mailings from the pharmacy, emails, you name it.

Maybe the government should join in on the compliance push. After all, cutting healthcare costs is one of the big aims of the U.S. reform push right now. And a new study shows that medication compliance could save the U.S. $290 billion a year, or 13 percent of the total health care costs. That's because so many of today's drugs address chronic conditions and, ironically, people with chronic illness are worst at taking their meds. And by skipping drugs, chronically ill folks experience complications that then have to be treated, often in the hospital.

For instance, Pharma Times reports, diabetics who don't take their meds as directed have almost twice the total annual healthcare costs as those who do, at $16,498 compared with $8,886. Considering how many people have diabetes in the U.S., that difference could total quite a sum.

This blog feels that the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser is an excellent product to help people become more "Medication Compliant" saving billions of dollars.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ActiveForever Introduces New Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser with Alarm

ActiveForever Introduces New Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser with Alarm

Scottsdale-based Medical Supplies Retailer to Be Sole North American Distributor of Innovative Medication Management Device

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - June 24, 2009 - ActiveForever, a Scottsdale-based retailer of medical supplies, physical therapy products, and fitness equipment, has just won an exclusive distribution agreement to warehouse and distribute the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser with Alarm throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada. This new product will be available on, as well as in its retail stores. The product line will also be available to drugstore chains, assisted living facilities and hospitals.

Automatic pill dispensers with alarms are known to be quite difficult to travel with, and have been fairly expensive until the development of the Med-E-Lert. This product shares the features of many of the traditional automatic pill dispensers used to optimize the management of nutritional supplements or medication yet this new model is portable, very easy to use, and is retailing at around half the price of some of its competitors.

"We are thrilled and honored to be chosen to represent this product line," says ActiveForever CEO Erika Feinberg. "The Med-E-Lert's functionality, quality and the manufacturer's passion all represent everything ActiveForever stands for. We're here to launch product innovations that make all the difference in a person's life, and this Med-E-Lert will certainly open up worlds of opportunity for anyone who incorporates it into their patient care, or their family care plan."

Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser with Alarm

Automatic pill dispensers like the Med-E-Lert are ideal for patients who have Alzheimer's, dementia, are mentally or visually impaired or for those who take several medications or nutritional supplements and vitamins throughout day and need an efficient reminder of which pills to take when. These products are also widely popular with in home caregivers and in assisted living facilities and hospitals so that caregivers can monitor patients' medication in a manner that is simple and not time consuming. There are 28 spaces for medication in the Med-E-Lert, so a patient or caregiver can plan ahead for taking their medication up to four times a day for one week.

Other automatic pill dispensers can cost between $200.00-$700.00, and, while very helpful and convenient for many people, are not always affordable. The Med-E-Lert is easy to use and easy to program up to four times per day for up to seven days, and having a lock and key helps prevent over-medication or theft. It is made of high quality materials and is lightweight and battery operated so it is ideal for travel or for patients who need to be transported often. The clear top enables the user to see and monitor the status of the medication or supplements without unlocking the device. There are three different alarm tones are offered, including a blinking light, to alert the patient when medication needs to be taken. The alarm will not turn off until the pill dispenser is tilted on its side to dispense the pills.

ActiveForever is known for launching best choices of medical, health, safety, pain relief and fitness products into the marketplace, at the best prices in the country. The Med-E-Lert, like every other new product that comes through the doors of ActiveForever has been through the testing and review process of ActiveForever's Product Management Team. The Med-E-Lert is currently available for pre-order at or by calling ActiveForever at 1-800-377-8033.

Author: Lois Douglas
Direct: 480.459.3144

About ActiveForever
ActiveForever is the leading source of very well priced life-enhancing products that address almost all physical disabilities, injuries or pain. Products include daily living aids, bath, safety and hygiene products, mobility aids, emergency supplies, durable medical equipment, medical nutrition, low vision and hearing loss devices, physical therapy products, land and aquatic exercise therapy products. ActiveForever provides a multitude of product solutions for arthritis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, sports injuries, pain relief, foot/ankle, hand, hip/knee and other physically limiting conditions. The company also offers unique and life-enhancing gift ideas.

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New Study Finds Lack of Medication Compliance Leads to High Medical Costs

New Study Finds Lack of Medication Compliance Leads to High Medical Costs

Dramatic Increase in Risk of Hospitalization Seen When Patients Don't Stick with Drug Treatments

Study Among the First to Show Costs of Not Taking Medicine
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Patients with diabetes and high cholesterol can save the health care system millions of dollars by properly taking their medication, according to a new study from Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS).
Despite prescription drug costs that have escalated 12 to 16 percent annually, the costs and risks of hospitalization far outweigh the costs of using medications as directed, states the lead study "Impact of Medication Adherence on Hospitalization Risk and Healthcare Cost," published in the June issue of "Medical Care," a prominent peer-reviewed journal published by the American Public Health Association. The study was based on a sample of over 137,000 patients under the age of 65 with either diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, or congestive heart failure. It is one of the first studies to demonstrate the savings generated by medication compliance for these prevalent chronic medical conditions.
The study found that the least compliant diabetes patients were more than twice as likely to be hospitalized compared to those who were most compliant, and their total health care costs were nearly double, as well. The authors note that people who use their diabetes medications as directed are less likely to develop the short-term and long-term health problems that can require expensive care.
Published research shows that many people with chronic health conditions do not take their medications as often as prescribed and that noncompliance may cost as much as $300 billion to the American healthcare system. Adherence to medication therapy averages only 50 to 65 percent for common chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
"This research hammers home the dangers and the expense of not following a treatment regimen," said Dr. Robert S. Epstein, a co-author of the study and Medco's chief medical officer. "Increased medication compliance for chronic conditions can significantly cut medical costs and keep patients out of the hospital. Clearly it's important to reduce the need for hospitalization, both from a clinical and a cost standpoint."
The study showed that the money spent on medication treatments led to substantial savings when the costs of adherence to prescription drug therapy were compared to the costs of hospitalization and medical treatments. Patients in the study were categorized into groups based on their level of prescription medication compliance, and their drug and medical costs were tracked over the course of the following year. Medical costs included the costs of doctor visits, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations.
The study was able to estimate the savings generated by prescription drug adherence by comparing the costs of a less compliant group of patients to a group with greater compliance. For diabetes patients, every additional dollar spent on medication saved $7 in medical costs. The medical cost savings were $5.10 for each additional dollar spent on medications for high cholesterol, and $3.98 for every dollar spent on prescription drugs for patients with high blood pressure.
Costs and Hospitalization Risks
For patients with diabetes, the analysis found that hospitalization risks and health care costs were lower for patients who were highly compliant with their drug therapy. Diabetes patients who are highly compliant with their treatment programs have a 13 percent hospitalization risk for a diabetes- related problem, but patients with low compliance have more than twice the risk at 30 percent. The combined drug and medical costs for the most compliant patients average $4,570, which is almost 50 percent below the $8,867 cost for the least compliant group.
The difference among patients with cholesterol problems is not as pronounced in terms of hospitalization risk, but the difference in costs is significant since a hospital stay for a cardiovascular problem, such as a heart attack or stroke, is expensive. The hospitalization risk of the most compliant patients is 12 percent versus 15 percent in the least compliant group. However, the total health care cost is $3,924 for the most compliant group, compared with $6,888 in the least compliant group.
The study also looked at medical expenses that included cases in which patients have more than one ailment. Better compliance with drug therapy helped reduce the risk of being hospitalized for any medical condition, and it reduced the overall costs for a patient's health care. The least compliant group of diabetics had on average $16,498 in total medical and drug costs compared with $8,886 for the most compliant group. Among patients with high blood cholesterol, the total medical and drug costs were $10,916 in the least compliant group versus $6,752 in the most compliant category.
Improving Compliance
Reasons for poor medication compliance include costs, side effects, forgetfulness, or a lack of symptoms that lead patients to prematurely stop taking medications. Patients with chronic conditions that show no visible symptoms, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, can think they are fine and don't require medication, even as their health deteriorates.
"Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and PBMs, can play an important role in encouraging medication compliance," Epstein said. "Drugs have become increasingly complex and people are being prescribed more of them, which places greater demands on healthcare providers to educate patients and take proactive measures to ensure proper medication use."
Epstein also noted that, going forward, generics will continue to play a key role in assisting patients with compliance due to cost concerns. Drugs with total U.S. sales of approximately $35 billion could lose patent protection over the next three years, making way for much more cost-effective choices in a variety of therapeutic categories including hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol medications.
About Medco
Medco Health Solutions (NYSE: MHS) is a leader in managing prescription drug benefit programs that are designed to drive down the cost of pharmacy healthcare for private and public employers, health plans, labor unions and government agencies of all sizes. Medco operates the largest mail-order and Internet pharmacies and has been recognized for setting new industry benchmarks for pharmacy dispensing quality. Medco, ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of America's "Most Admired" healthcare companies, is a Fortune 50 company with 2004 revenues of $35 billion. Medco is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MHS. On the Net:
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward- looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this presentation should be evaluated together with the risks and uncertainties that affect our business, particularly those mentioned in the Risk Factors section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SOURCE Medco Health Solutions, Inc.

CONTACT: Ann Smith, Medco Health Solutions, Inc.,
Mobile: +1-201-675-3709,
Work: +1-201-269-5984,; or
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Patient Compliance To Prescribed Drug Regimens In The United States Is Appalling

(Excerpt from an article posted by Michael Pestorious in NJ voice Blog)

Patient compliance to prescribed drug regimens is appalling in the United States and is just as bad or worse worldwide.

According to medical data giant IMS, 3.8 billion prescriptions were written in the US in 2008. 70 percent were for generic drugs and over a quarter were mostly fully paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Only 50-70 percent of those prescriptions make it from the doctor's office to the pharmacy. Some 25-30 percent of the prescriptions are consumed according to instructions and only 15-20 percent are refilled. If patients are not compliant, and their conditions worsen because of their non-compliance, is that the doctor or the pharmaceutical company's fault? These scary statistics underlay all medications for all diseases.

Proper compliance would make a much larger dent in reducing healthcare costs than any operational efficiency or government edict. According to the Office of the Inspector General, non-compliance costs taxpayers $80 billion per year in hospital admissions and lost productivity. Consider the cost difference between taking a daily heart medication for 25 dollars a month versus an ambulance ride and open heart surgery.

This Blog has seen other studies that show with the use of an Automatic Pill Dispenser patient medication compliance is tremendously increased. Medication compliance would even increase more if pharmacies in the United States would fill pill dispenser trays as they do in the UK.

The Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser compares in quality and functions with automatic pill dispensers selling for $289.00, but retails for only $69.95.

To purchase a Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser GOOGLE "Med-E-Lert"

Thursday, September 10, 2009



Automatic Pill Dispenser

Western Fulfillment is the Med-E-Lert North Amercia Distributor. For information on becoming a Med-E-Lert Dealer Contact:

Brian Barducci - 1-800-377-8033 Ext 116 or


Distributors are wanted in all countries for the Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser. The Med-E-Lert is available with a solid top or a clear top (shown above).
The Med-E-Lert is an excellent product to help people become more "Medication Compliant".
  • Fully Automatic Pill Dispenser
  • Easy To Set-Up
  • Simple To Use
  • Long Duration Buzzer Sounds Continuously Until Pills Are Removed
  • Pills Can Be Dispensed 1, 2, 3 or 4 Times Daily
  • Solid or Transparent Cover
  • 28 Compartments, Each Can Hold up To 18 Aspirin Size Pills
  • Compartment 20% Larger Than Other Automatic Pill Dispensers
  • Medication Tray
  • Extra Medication Trays Available
  • Lockable With metal Key (Includes An Extra Plastic Key)
  • Low Battery Alert
  • Batteries Are Included
  • Tamper Proof (Unable To Get To Medication Before It Is Time
  • Alarm: Loud Sound + 10mm Blinking Red Light
  • 12 Month Warranty

For More Information and Sample Contact

John Krans
International Sales Manager

716-907-3395 (US)

Med-E-Lert Retail Merchandiser

The Med-E-Lert is packaged 9 units with Solid or Clear Tops per merchandiser.

Med-E-Lert Affordable Automatic Pill Dispenser

Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser
Solid and Clear Top

Med-E-Lert is the Affordable Automatic Pill Dispenser. Med-E-Lert compares in quality and functions with automatic pill dispensers selling for $289.00. Med-E-Lert sells at retail in the United States for only $69.95 making it affordable for the average consumer.
Med-E-Lert can automatically dispense pills 1, 2, 3, or 4 times daily. Med-E-Lert has a loud buzzer and a 10mm blinking red light to alert people that it is time to take their medicine.
The Med-E-Lert is an excellent product to help people become more "medication compliant".