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Medicines management: Are pill organisers a risk to patient safety?

Problems can arise when patients switch to medication compliance aids
Picture shows older woman taking medication from a dosette box.

Problems can arise when patients switch to medication compliance aids

Some interesting issues regarding the use of medication compliance aids have been raised by a study at the University of East Anglia.

Many patients in the UK use these aids – commonly known as dosette boxes or pill organisers – to help them ensure they take the right medicines at the right time on the right day.

The East Anglia research says pharmacies are giving out twice as many of these medication compliance aids as they were ten years ago, but that switching to the devices can do more harm than good.

According to the researchers, patients who switch from medication in packets to compliance aids are more likely to become unwell

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