Magazine article Drug Topics

Flex-A-Top Joins Battle to Improve Drug Compliance

Magazine article Drug Topics

Flex-A-Top Joins Battle to Improve Drug Compliance

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A new system that can help patients comply with their medication regimens is now available on drugstore shelves. The system, called the Flex-A-Top Medication Organizer, uses various colored transparent storage boxes to remind a patient when a medication is due to be taken.

Medication compliance is an important issue that needs to be addressed, said Howard Shaw, president-Shaw-Clayton Plastic Inc., the San Rafael, Calif., firm that developed the new device.

The Flex-A-Top Organizer, designed with the assistance of the Milliken Chemical Division of Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., "resembles an ice cube tray," said Shaw. It includes 28 storage boxes with flip-top lids in four separate colors. The four colors differentiate the times of day a medication is to be taken-morning, noon, evening, and bedtime. There are seven boxes in each color to allow the user to lay out his or her medication regimen for a week.

The medicines are inserted into the boxes to coincide with the times of day they are to be taken. Therefore, arranging for a week at a time, the user can overcome the organizational challenge of taking multiple medications at prescribed times. Shaw said.

The boxes can be opened very easily, so they don't provide a hindrance to patients with arthritis and other such problems, Shaw pointed out. …

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