Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2011
MEDI-RING® was developed by a pharmacist to help eliminate errors when taking prescription medications at home. In 2008, nearly 1.9 million people were treated or hospitalized in the U.S. for illness and injuries related to taking medicines, a 54% increase in incidents over previous years. The growing number of such errors can be attributed to an increase in the number of medications being prescribed, and the fact that many pharmacy labels indicate dosages, but fail to identify specifically what the medication treats. Also, according to the National Community of Pharmacists Association, “as many as 75% of Americans admit they don’t take medications as directed.” MEDI-RING® is a user-friendly device that snaps onto prescription bottles presenting a space on which the patient may write what the medication controls, and any other information they feel is necessary to take the drug correctly.
MEDI-RING® is a customizable ring that snaps onto prescription medication bottles enabling a patient to write pertinent information on it in language the user understands, such as the condition for which it is intended, and any other helpful hints to ensure that the medicine is taken correctly. MEDI-RING® is available in two sizes to fit more than 90% of the prescription bottles used in retail pharmacies.
Patients taking multiple medications find this extremely beneficial because the majority of prescription labels affixed by the pharmacy do not indicate their purpose—only the name of the prescribing doctor, medication name, manufacturer, and dosage instructions.
And refills are a ‘snap’ because the user simply snaps the MEDI-RING® in place, thereby eliminating any need to re-write this information each time they receive a new bottle. (Pics)