Managing Medications

Smartphone and Tablet Apps

There are many apps for smartphones and tab;ets that can help you stay on track with medications. For detailed information on several popular apps, visit our smartphone app page here.



MedMinder is a digital pill dispenser with its own built-in cellular connection.  No internet or phone service is needed.  Fill the dispenser weekly with the pills needed for each day (there are slots for morning, noon, evening and bedtime for each day of the week).  When it is time to take a pill, the appropriate pill compartment flashes, showing the patient which pills to take.  If the pill compartment is not removed within an assigned time frame, the patient can get an auditory prompt.  The system can also be programmed to call, text or email the patient and/or the caregiver if the pill compartment is not removed.  A family caregiver can access the account online to see if the medication compartments are being removed at the appropriate time.  There is also an option to have a locked pill dispenser allowing the patient access to only the right compartment of pills at the pre-determined time.   There is a monthly fee for this service.

Philips Medication Dispensing Service

The Philips Medication Dispensing Service consists of an automatic pill dispenser connected via a home phone line.  The dispenser can accommodate up to 60 medication cups, for up to 6 doses/day, for 1 – 40 days worth of medication.  When it is time to take medications, the dispenser provides an audio reminder, the patient presses a button and the correct pills are dispensed.  If the patient does not press the button within a pre-determined time frame, the call center contacts a family member.  The dispenser is locked, only dispensing each medication at the pre-determined time.  There is a monthly fee for this service.


This online pharmacy packages your prescription medications into single serve packets of your pills for pre-determined times of day.  All pills taken at one particular time of day are contained in one packet, printed with the date, time to take the enclosed pills and a list of the pills contained.  This makes it very easy to remember to take all the correct pills each pre-determined time of the day.  It is very helpful if you take a portion of your pills away from home.  Note that non-pill medications (liquids, injections, etc) cannot be included.  Setting up a reminder notification, on your phone or other device, would be helpful.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

This government website allows you to find information on medications, recalls and safety alerts.  Additionally, you can find helpful information on a variety of topics, including tips on buying and using medications safely.