Implemented with the Dutch technology company ECCT (Experts in Communications and Connectivity Technology), the smart blister pack enhances medication adherence by clinical trial participants
Printed electronics and smart sensors turn a standard blister pack into a modern compliance monitoring tool
Clinical trials are normally conducted on an international scale and require high accuracy, reliable workflow, efficiency, speed and flexibility. Conventional, non-automated processes are frequently error-prone.
Medication adherence by participating patients, however, is a key factor for the successful outcome of clinical trials, but often difficult to track. For instance, based on a rule of thumb, 20% of patients do not adhere to the therapy. Accordingly, an increase of the patient population by 60% is necessary to compensate for the lack of clarity in the results.
To address these challenges, Schreiner MediPharm the experts in blister pack design, in cooperation with ECCT and the pharmaceutical corporation, developed a smart packaging solution for patient compliance monitoring: Pressing a tablet out of the blister pack generates data in real time such as the type of medication, the time of extraction and the respective cavity.
This information is automatically stored in the smart package and transmitted to a database via a smartphone app or reader. Compliance of the respective patient is thereby tracked.
Additionally, it is possible to send the patient a reminder to take the medication, to adjust the dose and to assist trial participants with interactive communication between the physician and patient in the interest of medication adherence.
The smart packaging solution includes printed electronics without impacting the packaging design. A database platform enables diverse data transfers and analyses. Schreiner MediPharm supplies the required expertise in innovative printing technology and ECCT the smart sensors.
The utilisation of the digital patient compliance monitoring tool significantly reduces the manual documentation for the pharmaceutical corporation.
Complex therapies and trial processes can be adapted with greater flexibility, the delinquency rate due to proven non-compliance reduced and data quality optimised.
In addition, the smart packaging solution can shorten the overall trial period and accelerate the approval process for new medicines.