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Managing medications can be a full-time job when you have a chronic illness. Here are some tools that can help you.
A printable form for weekly management of medications.
A printable form for weekly management of insulin.
Drugs.com - an app that can help you identify medications and give you dosage and side effect information.
Pill sorters can be picked up at your local pharmacy. More specialized sorter options can be found online.
http://www.pillthing.com/categories/weekly-pill-organizers Wide variety of medication sorters.
http://www.epill.com/7day.html Electronic pill boxes.
http://www.forgettingthepill.com/ Wide range of travel aids.
Independent Living Aids - Wide range of products including pill organizers.
MedMinder pill dispensers remind the user to take their medications with a series of optional visual and/or auditory alerts. The reminders occur in 30-minute intervals. First the compartment will flash, then the pill dispenser will beep, then the user will receive a phone reminder. If the user still has not taken their medications, then all caregivers will be notified via phone, email and/or text message. If the medications are taken on time, there will be no reminders nor notifications.
Reminder Rosie is a simple, hands-free, inexpensive solution to remember your medication, appointments, and every-day tasks with no monthly fees.
Pillpack is a online pharmacy that manages your prescriptions for you. They prepackage sorted scripts (and over the counter medications and vitamins) into sealed pouches printed with the time and pill information. They help you transfer your medications to them, ship medications to you, and will contact your physicians for refills. They charge a low monthly fee ($20) plus your copays.
MEDICATION REMINDER APPS
You can sign up for online access to your account at your local pharmacy such as Walgreens, CVS, etc. and take advantage of automatic refills, shipping to your home, and prepayment. This is not applicable to controlled substances. You can order and prepay for your prescriptions online and get reminders by email, text, or phone calls to refill them. You can get texts or calls when your prescriptions are ready. You can print reports of all prescriptions filled for a specific time period.
In association with Walgreens, RxmindMe is a reminder app for your medications, vitamins and supplements. It allows you to enter all your dosage information, set up reminders and keep track of when you take them.
The official CVS/pharmacy iPhone App puts CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic in the palm of your hand. Just download our app to “visit” your CVS/pharmacy on the go.
Dosecast is the most flexible and easy-to-use app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad to help you remember to take your medications on time. Dosecast has been featured in Real Simple magazine and Reader's Digest, and declared best-of-breed by the New York Times. Some apps can only remind you to take your medication at the same time every day. Only Dosecast helps you take doses on a daily/weekly/monthly schedule, every X days/weeks, or even after a pre-set number of hours or days since the last dose. Plus, you can avoid dangerous overdoses by setting a maximum number of doses allowed per day or per 24 hours.
MedCoach is an easy-to-use medical app that helps you remember to take your medications and pills at the right time and day. Never forget to take your meds! MedCoach can also connect to your pharmacy to refill your prescriptions.
MediSafe will remind you when to take your medication. You can also update your app manually. Your Med-Friend (family member or caretaker) is notified if you don’t check in, so they can remind you only if needed. It will help you remember to take meds, keep track what pill you took and when, remind you to refill and even give you medication discounts.
Pillboxie is the easy way to remember your meds. Other med reminder apps are either too complicated or just downright boring. Pillboxie is easy because it lets you *visually* manage your meds. Scheduling a reminder is as easy as dropping a pill into a pillbox. Designed and developed by a registered nurse. Reminds you on time, even if your device is asleep. No network connection required! Use Pillboxie on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Instant Heart Rate uses your iPhone's camera to detect the pulse from your fingertip - leveraging a similar technique as used in pulse oximeters. Place the tip of your index finger on the iPhone’s camera, and in a couple of seconds your pulse will be shown. Instant Heart Rate will beep with your pulse. A real-time chart will show you every heart beat.
Glooko's mobile, cloud based diabetes management system serves patients, providers & payers by syncing blood glucose data from 30+ meters to Apple & Android devices, facilitating patient lifestyle data aggregation, and layering on smart analytics for diabetes population management.
w Diabetes Tracker with Blood Glucose/Carb Log
This is the only diabetes app with built-in barcode scanner and large food database, with over 300,000 foods. Optional insulin tracking. Most common insulin types are pre-loaded. Tracks your water intake, Hgb A1C, LDL, HDL, and BP.
w The Diabetes Tracker by MyNetDiary™ app
Provides easy and comprehensive diabetes tracking, adding blood glucose, insulin, and medications tracking to the best calorie counter.
The innovative iBGStar® is the first blood glucose meter that can be used on its own or connected directly to an Apple iPhone® or iPod touch® to easily display, manage and communicate your diabetes information.
w Dario Meter for Smart Phones
Dario gives people with diabetes the best Smart Meter on the market, combined with the knowledge to know what to do next and motivation to stay on track – so you’re never alone.
PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
The mission of NeedyMeds has been to make information about assistance programs available to low-income patients and their advocates at no cost.
RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs which provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine.
Rx Outreach is managed by Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services, Inc. (ESSDS), a fully-licensed mail order pharmacy that is committed to making the use of prescription drugs safer and more affordable. Rx Outreach is not a prescription insurance program nor an Internet pharmacy. Customer Service: 1-800-769-3880.
Their mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible, a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
w State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs Search by Location.
Since 1987, the National organization of Rare Diseases has administered more than 380 patient assistance programs and $56 million in free drug and co-pay assistance.
An independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for whom cost limits access to breakthrough medical treatments.
w Rx Hope
Gives a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording
w SCBN For uninsured Americans who cannot afford their prescribed medications.
Researches and develops new treatments and cures for patients.
Never leave your medications unattended when you are not at home or when other service people will be inside your home. If you have a pain management agreement, you may not get refills if your medications are stolen.