The Smart Pill Bottle
Could a text message make all the difference in ensuring the integrity of drug products?
Maryam Mahdi | | Quick Read
Smarter pharmaceutical packaging is becoming a hot topic because of its potential to support the healthy production and distribution of drugs and biologics. When used correctly, for example, smart packaging options can protect against anticounterfeiting, prolong shelf life and help improve patient compliance. However, the cost associated with the manufacture of smart and digital packaging, particularly sensors, often means that these types of products are not available where they are most needed. With the aim of improving the availability of sensor technologies at lower costs, researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia (KAUST) have developed a smart pill bottle that sends wireless alerts to patients’ phones when it detects signs of tampering, unsafe storage conditions, or overdose.
“While sensors hold a great deal of potential, currently available options can often be too bulky for real-life applications,” explains Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, Professor of Electrical Engineering at KAUST. “Smart labelling technologies are often limited in their functionality and lack effective communication networks and data integration techniques to help companies adequately support patients.”
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