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Final Report - MEDI-VOICE (A Low Cost, Environmentally Friendly, Smart Packaging Technology to Differentiate European SME Suppliers to Service the Needs of ? Europe's Aging Population)

Project ID: 17893
Funded under: FP6-SME

Abstract

MEDI-VOICE was a European funded co-operative research project within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) whose aim was to address the problems of miss-dosing of prescribed drugs typically by the ageing population and blind/partially sighted people, which kills over 190 000 EU citizens each year. This problem can be broken down in certain areas:
- a) taking wrong drugs at wrong time;
- b) taking right drugs at wrong time;
- c) complete missed dose.
The MEDI-VOICE product solution addressed all these potential pitfalls.

In order to address these issues, the project has developed a prototype product that prevents patients from taking the wrong dose of drugs at the wrong time, and only allows correct doses of correct drugs to be consumed. Furthermore, the product physically prompts the patient to take the prescribed drugs in the correct quantity at the proper time through a recorded voice prompt system.

The prototype product had various built-in features that collectively form the ultimate solution. Spoken instructions and a user friendly interface enable blind/partially sighted patients to use it. Embedded electronics in the tablet wallet enable dosing confirmation to be communicated to the user and also records the data for later analysis by the patient¿s General Practitioner.

The project would take current state-of-the-art compliance monitoring, enhance it and combine it with speech technology incorporating them into pharmaceutical blister packaging through novel manufacturing techniques such as in-mould labelling, over-moulding and encapsulation. These technologies would overcome the problems associated with non-compliance and miss-dosing, specifically through the incorporation of spoken instructions.

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Record Number: 10982 / Last updated on: 2012-04-12
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