June 2007, the FDA approved a device by INRange called the Remote Medication Management System.

What is it? The INRange Remote Medication Management System is composed of clinical and communications software, a medication delivery unit, and medication packaging. The system is intended for use under the supervision of a licensed healthcare practitioner to remotely deliver, manage, assess, alter dosing schedules, and/or monitor a patient’s therapeutic medication regimens and adherence to those regimens in an outpatient setting.

How does it work? The INRange Remote Medication Management System provides a means:

  • to store the patient’s prescribed medications in a delivery unit
  • for a healthcare professional to remotely schedule the patient’s prescribed medications
  • to notify the patient when the prescribed medications are due to be taken
  • to release the prescribed medications to a tray of the delivery unit accessible to the patient on the patient’s command, and
  • to record a history of the event for the healthcare professional

When is it used? The INRange Remote Medication Management System is used by healthcare professionals to aid in the control of the delivery of prescription drugs to patients in an outpatient setting.

What will it accomplish? The INRange Remote Medication Management System could help with outpatient adherence to complex medication regimens.

When should it not be used? There are no contraindications for this device.

Why should you care?   Life Science Greenhouse of PA invested a mere $250k into INRange in 2006 and the device promises to be a huge hit for the care of the elderly.  As more baby boomers start to retire, their care will be more complicated as they start to pill on the large amounts of drugs that they’re taking from 3-4 to an average of 12-18 different medications.  A machine such as this allows for accurate dosing of drugs and promises to save countless lives in medication error as well as make lots of money for the manufacturer.

The downfall?  It’s not as versitle as it needs to be.  When a person can bring home a bottle and drop it into the machine and it’ll take care of the rest.  This machine needs blister pack medications.

This device is approved by the FDA and is under patent.