The Best Medication Reminders of 2019

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Best Medication Reminders

Medication compliance is a serious problem – especially among older adults who battle with any number of difficulties from managing complicated medication regimes to impaired vision, arthritis, tremors or dementia.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, you're not alone.

The good news? New medication reminders, organizers, dispensers, alerts, planners and apps are making huge inroads in the safer consumption of prescription drugs.

To come up with our rankings, we reviewed, tried and tested a host of different medication compliance technologies. The result? A list of the best medication reminders and compliance devices available on the market today.

Best Medication Reminder Alarm

Reminder Rosie

Reminder Rosie

Reminder Rosie is a hands free medication reminder that allows family caregivers to record and schedule up to 25 personalized voice messages. For example, "Dad, it's 1 PM. Take 2 red pills and one blue pill now." Loved ones hearing a familiar voice is comforting and increases medication compliance.

Product Features and Benefits:

  • Up to 25 personalized voice reminders (family member records messages)
  • Hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or annual voice recorded playback reminders
  • Control Rosie with voice or manual operation
  • Doubles as a voice alarm clock
  • Easy to see digital clock
  • Great for everyone with medication regimes and for those with dementia

Who It's For:

  • Those who need reminding
  • Those with early stage dementia or Alzheimer's

Best Medication Reminder, Organizer and Pill Dispenser

Hero Health

Automated medication dispensing machines have increased medication compliance to a 98% adherence level – offering caregiver relief and peace of mind.

The Hero is an all in one medication reminder, pill organizer and pill dispenser. It's our automated pill dispenser of choice. Other contenders were the Philips Hero Pill DispenserLifeline medication dispenser, MedaCube, MedReady and MedMinder. However, none offered the simplicity, functionality, ease of use and affordability of the Hero for both user and caregiver alike. Here’s why it’s our favorite:

Product Features and Benefits:

  • Easy to program medication schedule from mobile or desktop app
  • Manages up to 10 medications, with 90 pills each
  • Simple to load each medication into its own container
  • Automatically sorts and dispenses medications based on schedule loaded onto app
  • Easy to retrieve and remove medications from sturdy plastic container
  • Multiple reminders including audible alarm, text and phone calls
  • Caregiver also receive reminder notifications
  • Notifies caregivers when loved ones are late or missed a dose
  • Notifies caregivers when medications are running low and need to be refilled
  • Hero also offers prescription medication delivery, for automatic refills
  • Relatively affordable at $29.99 per month with $99.99 initiation fee
  • Comes with 30 day free trial (and free return shipping), making it risk free to try and see if it makes a difference

Who It's For:

  • Those who need reminding
  • Those with complex medication regimes
  • Those with poor vision
  • Those with arthritis or poor manual dexterity
  • Those with cognitive decline, memory impairment or early stage dementia / Alzheimer's

Best Medication Reminder and Pill Organizer

MedCenter Pill Organizer with Reminder System MedCenter Pill Organizer and Alarm

The MedCenter pill organizer and reminder system offers a great, affordable combination to ensure the right medications are taken at the right times. It organizes pills for a full month, and each day can be separated into 4 sections.

Great system, if caregiver or user is comfortable and or capable of manually sorting pills at the beginning of each month.

Product Features and Benefits:

  • Program up to 4 alarms per day, beeping or voice reminder
  • Digital clock with date and time
  • 30 day pill organizer,
  • Each day comes with it's own pill organizer with up to 4 compartments

Who It's For:

  • Those who need reminding
  • Those with complex medication regimens
  • Those with good vision and good manual dexterity
  • Those who can fulfill relatively complex tasks

Best Medication Reminder App

MediSafe App

A good medication reminder app will tell you when to take which medications - simply and accurately – and increase the likelihood you stick to your regimen without forgetting a dose. Before spending a fortune on an automated solution, you might want to test to see if an app - who's basic versions are often free - does the trick.

The MediSafe app is the most popular medication app, with over 3.7 million downloads and is now a Google App Editor’s Choice winner – meaning people download it, keep it and use it. Oh, and it’s free! Here’s why it gets top marks:

Product Features and Benefits:

MediSafe Medication Reminder

  • Easy to enter unlimited number of medications, with auto complete for long names
  • Easy to enter unlimited number of times
  • App shows a picture of which pill to take, for easy recognition and better compliance
  • Let's family and caregivers track compliance
  • Helpful rescheduling in case of missed doses
  • Lock-screen reminder
  • App educates on each medication taken
  • App notifies of possible dangerous drug interactions
  • App notifies which side effects to expect in first 24-48 hours
  • Notifies caregivers when to refill prescriptions
  • Uses machine learning to study missed doses and prompt user to call nurses hotline
  • App can include users co-pay card and suggest patient assistance (discount) programs for certain medications

Who It's For:

  • Those who have a smart phone and can use it proficiently
  • Those who need reminding
  • Those with complex medication regimens

Best Blister Pack Pill Organizer

Dispill

For those who don’t need supervision, remotely monitored medication dispensers and automated pill boxes are probably overkill. Instead, Dispill Medication Organizer we’d recommend simply using the pharmacists 7 day medication planner blister packs, in combination with a free medication reminder app like Medisafe.

Most pharmacists offer free blister packs, like Dispill, which organize your pills by dose, by day, by week. Using this system prevents the risks associated with transferring your medications from the pharmacists packaging to your own pill box. There are several different types of pill organizers offered by pharmacists, and you should use the one that suits you and your pharmacist best.

Who It's For:

  • Those with complex medication regimens
  • Those who are cognitively fit
  • Those with good manual dexterity

 

 

 


  1. Nice list! Some of those apps are really great. However, I'm still looking for an app that will combine not only pill reminder, but also other prescribtions reminders - as sports and meal, maybe even something else.