Your pocket pharmacist: MedAdvisor to help people with epilepsy manage their medications
Epilepsy Queensland is working with Australian software developer, MedAdvisor, to bring a patient-focused medication management system to people with epilepsy.
With adherence to common epilepsy medication hovering at just 50-60%, people with epilepsy and their carers can benefit from this simple, user-friendly system of reminders and handy functions such as Tap-to-Refill.
According to MedAdvisor, there are approximately 8,000 people with epilepsy using the MedAdvisor app to manage their medications, and those that do are up to 20% more adherent to the doses prescribed by their doctors.
Ms Helen Whitehead, CEO of Epilepsy Queensland, said: “We believe the MedAdvisor app is an important innovation that will help make a measurable difference to health outcomes for people with epilepsy. The app will facilitate some tailored information which will help bring epilepsy out of the shadows, and we look forward to promoting it to our community.”
Brisbane resident, Mrs Beverley Pearce, has been using the MedAdvisor app since March 2014 to help manage up to seven medications on a regular basis, including Lamotrigine for epilepsy. The Malouf Pharmacy at Kenmore Village holds all Mrs Pearce’s prescriptions
Mrs Pearce commented: “I think this is an excellent app and I often recommend it to friends and others that I meet. It is so simple to put an order through and it saves a lot of time being able to call and collect medication from the Pharmacy without having to wait for it to be dispensed.
“We all lead such busy lives and it is a great to receive a reminder when your medication is due to be ordered. It also helps to be notified when you need to see your General Practitioner for a new script. The information provided which explains about each medication you are taking is very helpful.
“I’m working very hard on my husband to change him over to ordering his medication this way.”
MedAdvisor’s CEO, Mr Robert Read, said he is proud to be working with Epilepsy Queensland. “MedAdvisor is a fantastic tool for people with epilepsy or their carers to remember doses and manage medication. MedAdvisor users also save time at the pharmacy by pre-ordering their meds.”
More than 330 pharmacies across Queensland are MedAdvisor-enabled, and around 25,000 Queenslanders are currently using the app to manage personal or family prescription medications. For more information, please visit www.medadvisor.com.au or speak to your local pharmacist today.
MedAdvisor will donate $1 to help people living with epilepsy for each person who signs up via the Epilepsy Queensland link.
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