Developer hoping to make 'Timer Caps' mandatory on prescription bottles

Timer Cap developer is hoping this medication adherence tool will help save lives (Credit: Robert Catanese)

According to the World Health Organization, more than 125,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone are attributed to patients not taking their medications as directed.

Larry Twersky is the developer of the Timer Cap. He is hoping to make this product mandatory for all prescription medications.

So, how does it work?

“Open it up, take the medication, put it back on and the Timer Cap is going to start counting up seconds, minutes and hours since it's last been opened,” said Twersky.

For those who have taken medications at some point, you might be able to relate to being forgetful in taking medicine.

Josh Greeson is the owner of Pooler Pharmacy. He said even he has issues remembering to take his doses.

“There have been a number of times where I've taken my blood pressure medicine and go get our kids ready for school, help my wife out, and look back and think, 'Did I take it?'” said Greeson.

Currently, CVS and Rite Aid are using the Timer Cap. Twersky is hoping to get lawmakers involved to make it mandatory, especially for those who use seven-day cassette boxes for their medicine.

“Where you lose labeling and safety information, it's not as safe for the patients when seconds count and there is an emergency that can be the difference between a successful outcome and a tragedy,” said Twersky.

Joshua Lock is the Pharmacy Supervisor at CVS in Savannah. He says patient feedback for the Timer Cap has been positive.

“It's a tool that we use in order for the patient to know when the last time they took they're medication was and if another dose is due,” said Lock.

Josh Greeson said he agrees with Lock--the reminder is helpful.

“It is something that will help set a reminder and have some sort of accountability for, 'Yes, I have taken my medicine,' or, 'No, I haven't,'” said Greeson.

Twersky says the Timer Cap serves a dual purpose, especially for those taking pain medication.

“It's an actual detection and a deterrent for keeping people out, because if people know they can see when you got into your meds, it's a great way to understand when it happens so you can prevent things from happening in the household,” said Twersky.

If you would like more information about the Timer Cap, click here.