DeJonge Associates has developed a tablet dispenser that can be used to make prescription drugs available in a controlled, timely manner that closely follows the doctor’s orders.
"Approximately one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, with five to 10 percent developing an opioid use disorder or addiction." - University of California Study, Jan. 2020
This tablet dispenser is designed to reduce prescription opioid addiction. It is not, however, designed for people who already have an opioid addiction. It is designed for patients with legitimate pain-relief needs that require prescription opioids.
Many people suffering from opioid addiction have become addicted due to careless mis-dosing or overuse. This dispenser design - available at the pharmacy with a deposit - controls the availability of medication and reduces potential for overuse.
After all tablets have been used as prescribed, the patient returns the unit to the pharmacist to receive a refill; or to retrieve a deposit if the there are no refills left on the prescription.
If the unit is damaged or otherwise tampered with, the patient forfeits the deposit, the prescription is not refilled, and the physician is notified.
See the dispenser usage illustrations and demonstration video below. Please contact DeJonge Associates for additional information.
1. The pharmacist uses a computer to interface with the dispenser via USB or wireless connection. By entering a code the pharmacist sets the unit to dispense tablets at specific time intervals. The pharmacist can also unlock and release the tablet cartridge for filling.
2. The pharmacist loads a filled cartridge into the dispenser.
3. The pharmacist instructs the patient on how to use the dispenser.
4. The patient receives the dispenser with both cartridge and toggle switch locked.
5. The timer counts down to availability of next dose, which is displayed on the unit and the indicator light shows red. At time of availability the display shows 000, at which time the patient may load a tablet into the toggle and push the unlock button. The indicator light then turns green and the device unlocks the toggle for a single tablet to be dispensed within a period of up to one hour.
6. The unit is tilted to load a tablet into the dispensing slot. The toggle switch will not operate without a tablet in this slot.
7. The patient pushes the toggle to release the tablet.
8. The timer then automatically resets to the next available dosage time (8 hours shown here) and the toggle switch locks. Please note that only the pharmacist can release the tablet cartridge by using the code and a computer connection.
9. A review of the initial steps by the pharmacist follows...
While using the computer connection the pharmacist can also view data about the how the unit was used, including:
- When each pill was taken
- If a dose was skipped
- Battery life of unit
It is also possible for the pharmacist to unlock the dispenser at initial pick up/presentation, so the first dose can be taken within one hour.
10. A review of how the patient operates the unit...
11. After all tablets have been used as prescribed, the patient returns the unit to the pharmacist to receive a refill; if no refills remain on the prescription the unit is returned and the deposit refunded. If the unit is damaged or otherwise tampered with, the patient forfeits the deposit, the prescription is not refilled, and the physician is notified.
Additional Advantages of the DeJonge Locked, Controlled Time Dose Dispenser:
1. Simple to use. Just follow easy steps to dispense product. Compact and easy to carry in pocket or purse.
2. Sensors allow just one tablet to be dispensed at a time, and the consumer always gets the prescribed dose; never nothing.
3. Can be programmed by Pharmacist to follow physician's orders exactly. Multiple sensors prevent dispensing until correct time.
4. The design meets Child Resistant (CR) requirements.
5. The DeJonge Opioid Dispenser is a working prototype that can be custom-designed to meet the client’s needs, including dispensing different size tablets.
6. Some dispensers require a custom blister pak with a pre-set quantity of tablets. The DeJonge Opioid Dispenser is refillable to any quantity the physician prescribes, from 1 to 40-plus tablets. The functions of the data input/output and display are also customizable.
7. The working prototype has been designed by experts in pharmaceuticals packaging, molding and electronics. DeJonge Associates has over 40 years experience in the pharmaceutical packaging design industry, including: engineering, line production, and regulatory environments. DeJonge Associaties are also specialists in Child-Resistant packaging designs.