I have recently finished reading "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch. It is a book I would recommend to anyone-it's touching and inspirational without being sentimental. It's also possible to download the video of "The Last Lecture" through iTunes
Randy was given three to six months to live. This was, er, six months ago. At the time of reading the book I was not aware of his current status, but he has a blog. There he posts his news and lab results for those of us, in his own words "keeping score at home." It was whilst perusing this blog that I found a post mentioning these very cool-looking pill-bottle designs. It looks as if these were designed for Target in the United States.
The bottles stand on their caps and have a large flat surface that enable a large font to be used. If you have your pharmacy-geek head on then follow the link to his blog, click on the photograph of his meds and work out his meds regime from the photograph.
We don't have anything similar to this in the United Kingdom, at least where I work. We just have boring old plastic pots with clik-lok lids. I think this design would be a lot more useful for patients. I understand that a lot of dispensing is done from bulk in the US, rather than from calendar packs. Anyone know why? Do you all just like counting tablets by hand, or by mechanical counter?
Next time I am in the US I am going to see if I can find a Target and buy/barter for some of these containers.