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Put the Needle in the Pill Box

Jun 14, 2016
Male, 32 years of age. Works erratic hours. Recently came up with a plan of how to remember to take his meds. He started setting up and taking his pill box with him. He has succeeded at taking his medications and taking them on time…all except his injectable medications. He continues to forget that one injection. We’ve tried changing times, to help him make it work, but it hasn’t helped. The lightbulb turned on in my head. I took out a pen needle, put it in his box. That worked! Since he was now taking his oral meds regularly, having the pen needle in his box has now reminded him to take his injectable medication.
Lessons Learned:
  • It is not unusual for people to forget to take their daily injectable medications.
  • Sometimes people set their phone alarm to remind them to take the medications they forget to take, but they don’t always respond to their alarms.
  • For people who do respond well with filling pill boxes, put the insulin pen needle in the pill box. They will take the pill, see the needle and be reminded to take their daily injectable medicines.
  • Think inside the box…the pill box.
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