Developing Medical Packaging to Improve Patient Use and Treatment Effectiveness
From this study she also learnt that difficulties in packaging use were not just a result of the packaging material, but also the size and layout of sheets, as well as factors such as the size of tablet being extracted and the distance between tablets. 'In my baseline Japanese study, I investigated the viability of electronic devices to keep information about drug compliance and found these to be quite successful,' she observes. 'The research also recognised that there were no real differences in level of compliance based on gender, age or the number of different drugs being taken.' Sadamoto considers that the results provided real evidence of every day patient pharmaceutical use and identified other issues related to compliance of medication. 'The devices were able to be checked and monitored every day for levels of drug taking and future research will enable better attention to be given to compliance in more feasible ways even without devices.'
The research identified additional challenges, which Sadamoto is now working on. One of these involves supporting patients who have difficulty swallowing. By working with a radiologist, she aims to use information from MRI and X-ray scanning to establish a better understanding of swallowing, ultimately developing gel which supports taking oral tablets. 'This research aims to try to propose better ways for patients with swallowing difficulties and those needing strict drug taking regimes to receive medication,' she says. In addition, the research also aims to develop devising material PTP which can be found with simple X-ray in early stages to understand and prevent swallowing of tablets through accidental press PTP sheet medication where problems with accidental doses are quite common. Sadamoto has seen some promising results from this research. 'When I discovered, with the help of my student, that if we design a powder drug package that is able to be opened with a force of less than 10N then most users are able to open it without difficulty, which was very pleasing,' she highlights. This is simple and understandable evidence which can be used for designing packages by any pharmaceutical company. 'I recently presented the analysis of new design blister package, which was made with a packaging company who needed to understand the usability among the elderly,' she says. 'The idea was very practical for elderly users who tried the package.'
Keywords: ADHERENCE TO MEDICINE REGIME; DESIGN BLISTER PACKAGE; GEL WHICH SUPPORTS TAKING ORAL TABLETS; LOW COMPLIANCE; MATERIAL PTP; OPENING PACKAGING; POWDER DRUG PACKAGE; PRESS THROUGH PACKAGING (PTP) DISPENSING PACKETS; REFUSE TO TAKE MEDICATION; SWALLOWING DIFFICULTIES; VIABILITY OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES TO KEEP INFORMATION ABOUT DRUG COMPLIANCE DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2018
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