UK – New ‘smart pill’ technology reports 100% success rate

Elucid Health has announced that its “Pill Connect” smart pill bottle has reported 100% reliability in a recent survey. The technology, which prompts patients to take their medications on time and also to lets the doctor to know if the patient has dispensed, was designed to help improve medication adherence.

Highlighting the vast scope of the adherence problem, a study published by The National Centre for Biotechnology Information found in 2018 that between 25% and 50% of patients worldwide do not take their medications as recommended. In the US alone, suboptimal adherence has been linked with 125,000 deaths, 10% of hospitalisations and costs of up to $289 billion annually.

Elsewhere, the UK’s Department of Health estimates that the overall cost of wasted medicines to the NHS is more than £300 million each year, with around £110 million worth of medicine returned to pharmacies and £90 million worth of unused prescriptions being stored in homes, partly due to non-compliance…