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The Pill Bottle meets Technology

by Arthur David, MD

MedControl’s secure pill bottle and information system promotes adherence and prevents prescription drug abuse by providing reminders, verifying patient identity, and restricting access to medicine.

Pittsburgh, PA Medical Device

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About this project

The problem we solve:
Medication non-adherence contributes roughly $300B to the annual U.S. healthcare expenditure. Several forms of non-adherence exist, but they can be summarized by patients not taking their medication as prescribed, leading to significant adverse health effects. They range from oversights including forgetting to take/refill prescriptions and confusion from complex regimens, to progressive abuse, addiction, and overdose. A major cause is the lack of oversight, control, and assistance in adhering to prescriptions after they enter the patient’s hands. Medicine perpetually goes underused, overused, or otherwise misused until the patient seeks additional or alternative treatment. MedControl intends to target preventable forgetfulness, an estimated 25% of all cases, and the onset of abuse and addiction, which leads to an overdose death every 19 minutes in the U.S.

About our solution:
MedControl’s secure, portable, patient-specific pill dispensing device requires the patient to scan a fingerprint to access medicine. The device physically restricts access to medicine such that single doses can only be received at prescribed intervals. Various alerts including text, call, email, flashing lights, vibration, and ringing increase patient engagement and promote adherence. Wireless communications allow the device to interact with web-servers such that the business extends beyond patient reminders and dispensing to a full service information system including escalated interventions via call centers, adherence monitoring and assessment by users and providers, abuse trend detection, and a variety of other data collection and analysis capabilities.
Progress to date: MedControl has developed a functional prototype that can accommodate a wide variety of pill geometries. We currently have 20 units and are in the process of beginning a pilot study. Potential pilot opportunities include patients being treated for mental health disorders, substance abuse, and chronic pain in three different provider settings. The organizations interested in participating are a mental health and substance abuse treatment clinic, a chronic pain management clinic, and an academic research institution that actively researches methods to improve adherence.

About Our Team


Dr. Arthur David, MD
Family Medicine , Practicing Physician
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine
Bio: Dr. David has been practicing medicine for over 25 years. He assumed the operation of a private family medical practice and grew it to roughly 20 physicians in 2 locations. Dr. David was also one of the first to augment opioid addiction treatment using alternative methods/therapies, and implemented them throughout the practice. Having experienced the adverse health consequences that result from medication misuse on multiple fronts, Dr. David endeavored to co-found MedControl Technologies.
Practice: Pittsburgh Family Practice
Hospital Affiliation: UPMC Mercy, Allegheny General Hospital
Title: Co-founder

About Team Members

David Jasnos
CEO & co-founder, BS, MBA
Biography: Dave is dedicated to improving healthcare with innovative products and services. Prior to founding MedControl, Dave worked for Medica Corporation, a medical device firm in Boston, as both an Engineer and Quality Manager, and later served as the COO of Proximedics Technologies in Pittsburgh. Dave holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.
Twitter: @davejasnos
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/davejasnos

About Our Company


MedControl Technologies
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Website: http://medcontroltech.com
Product stage: proto
Sales: Working on it
Employees: 1-2

How We Help Patients

Taking medication is an inherent disruption to anyone’s daily routine. Unfortunately, these are the very same medications that, if taken correctly, improve patient outcomes and allow people to enjoy healthy, independent lives. Yet despite our best intentions, we forget to take them, forget to refill, take more than we should, or someone else ends up taking them. MedControl’s technology facilitates the proper administration of prescription regimens and improves patient outcomes in all of these dimensions. Patients are reminded when they are due for their dose according to their preference, and they have to be physically present with the bottle to receive it. Dosing activity can then be recorded and analyzed to identify trends and help patients improve adherence in the future.

How We Help Physicians

Physicians’ consistent efforts to treat patients are routinely undermined by the overwhelming degree to which prescriptions are not followed. MedControl’s device can help promote adherence in patients who forget to take or refill medicine through reminders. It can also capture real time information related to when patients dispense medicine to better inform physicians as they continue treatment and engage during follow-up. From an abuse, addiction, and diversion standpoint, the device prevents patients from abusing by moderating consumption. If the device is given or sold to someone else, their fingerprint won’t work and the device will wireless communicate failed attempts. If the device is destroyed to access medicine, tamper sensors will detect the breach and communicate this as well. This added layer of security can help physicians more confidently prescribe controlled substances that are frequently misused or diverted.

Challenge Mission

Mission: Our solution is the result of a physician-generated concept that we envision will address an unmet need related to the national epidemic of medication non-adherence and prescription drug abuse.
Use of funds: The grant will help fund a pilot study within a patient population. This will include integrating device distribution throughout the prescription supply chain, gathering user feedback, and collecting/analyzing usage data.
Intellectual Property Status: MedControl has 4 issued patents in the United States and 1 in Canada.
FDA Status: The device is classified as a Class 1 - Exempt device that requires registration with the FDA but no approval process.
Personal Message: Medication non-adherence is a multifaceted problem that continues to persist once medicine enters the patient’s hands. The related and more recent prescription drug abuse epidemic also continues to ravage the nation. We belief our solution exhibits the features necessary to address these issues in a patient-centric fashion. Please help us take the next step and vote our solution.

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    05/21/2016 Julie Cunningham - Concerned Citizen

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    05/11/2016 Alan Cabral - Engineer

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    05/11/2016 Richard Giersch - Healthcare Innovator

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    05/11/2016 Allie Karshenas - Hospital Leadership

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    05/11/2016 Richard Giersch - Healthcare Innovator

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    05/11/2016 Alan Cabral - Engineer

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    05/11/2016 Allie Karshenas - Hospital Leadership

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    05/11/2016 Allie Karshenas - Hospital Leadership

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    05/09/2016 David Jasnos - Entrepeneur

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    05/06/2016 Dr. Arthur David - Physician

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Arthur David, MD
Physician
Co-founder
Ross University School of Medicine

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