Med-E-Lert™ Premium Locking Automatic Pill Dispenser

Med-E-Lert™ Premium Locking Automatic Pill Dispenser


MED-E-LERT Automatic Pill Dispenser, also commonly referred to as MEDELERT, is a medication reminder system. It includes 28 medication compartments, a timer, visual and audio alerts, a tamper-resistant locking system, and a dispenser....

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MED-E-LERT Automatic Pill Dispenser, also commonly referred to as MEDELERT, is a medication reminder system. It includes 28 medication compartments, a timer, visual and audio alerts, a tamper-resistant locking system, and a dispenser. This simple system can help improve at-home medication administration and prevent complications resulting from under-dosing or over-dosing. 

Product Components



Product Components

- 28-tray pill dispenser
- Transparent cover
- Opaque cover
- 6 scheduling rings
- Metal locking key
- 4 AA batteries
- User manual



Medelert Improvements





NEW 1.0 Premium Model Improvements

- New Key Lock Mechanism
- New Efficient Tray Rotation
- Improved Tray Alignment
- Updated Alarm Cut-Off Switch







Prescription Drug Use

The use of prescription drugs is prevalent among all age groups in the United States. Medications have become the primary medical intervention for most illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of the U.S. population consumes at least one prescription drug monthly.1 The most commonly used prescription drugs by age group are asthma medications for children, central nervous system stimulants for adolescents, antidepressants for middle-aged adults, and cholesterol-lowering and high blood pressure drugs for seniors.2


Medication Errors

Taking prescription drugs at the wrong time, wrong frequency, or wrong dosage is a growing problem. These errors cause significant harm to patients and even death. Medication errors account for one out of every 131 outpatient deaths, and one out of 854 inpatient deaths.3 This problem extends to health care professionals. Certified nurses and caregivers struggle to administer the correct drug and the correct dosage at the right time. A review of 36 studies on caregiver medication errors found error rates ranging from 2%–33%, with dosage errors, omissions, and wrong medication the most common types of administration errors.4 At least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented, according to estimates from two major studies.5 In a professional medical facility, a hospital patient can expect on average to be subjected to more than one medication error each day.6 Self-administration of medications is a much bigger problem with even more medication errors. Evidence from several studies suggests that as many as 50-80% of patients are nonadherent to their prescribed treatment regimen.7




The Causes of Medication Errors

There are a host of causes for medication errors. Analyzing these causes is often associated with the stages of the medication process, beginning with the prescription, to transcribing, dispensing, administration, and patient monitoring.8 These last two steps in the process often occur at home by the patient or by an attending caregiver.


Reducing Medication Errors

Auto pill dispensers can help minimize errors in medicine administration at home or care facilities. These devices can reduce medication errors and complications. An electronic medication dispenser aids caregivers and patients to administer the correct medication at the right time and in the proper dosage.



Automated Medication Dispenser

Automatic medication dispensers are essentially a pillbox with timer. Pills are arranged in trays or compartments according to a schedule that meets the doctor’s prescription order. The medications are accessible when the time for the administration arrives. Many of these devices are also a pill dispenser with alarm. The alarm notifies the patient or caregiver when it is time to administer the medication. As an automatic pill dispenser for seniors, these dispensing devices remind patients when to take their pills. As an auto pill dispenser for children, these medication dispensing machines prevent youngsters from accessing tablets too early. This timed medication dispenser helps to ensure patient compliance to avoid adverse drug events.


Advantages of Med-E-Lert Auto Pill Dispenser with Alarm

- Easily portable
- Locking pillbox for patient safety
- Timed pill dispenser
- Pill dispenser with alarm and lock
- Alerts patients when to take medications
- Administers the correct dosage to the patient on schedule
- Provides a visual record of what medications have already been taken
- Provides a visual of what medications are up-coming
- Locked pill dispenser for elderly medicine administration
- Transparent window allows easy monitoring
- Provides greater patient independence




Key Product Features

Product Anatomy



Product Features and Benefits

- Locked pill dispenser with alarm
- Loud alarm accompanied by a blinking light attracts patient’s attention
- 3 alarm tones to choose from
- 6 customizable alarms and alerts
- Alarm sound stays on until deactivated for up to 30 minutes
- Comes standard with an opaque lid and a transparent lid
- Auto pill dispenser for seniors
- Low battery alert
- Removable scheduling rings
- 28 pill compartments
- Holds up to 18 aspirin sized pills/capsules
- Tamper-proof lock with key helps prevent over-dosing
- Easy setup of dosage times and alerts



Help with Filling Out the Warranty Card: 

The Product Serial Number can be found on the bottom of the dispenser; this number usually starts with BN and is pretty long. The Invoice Number is not needed when filling out the warranty card.  


Product Specifications

- Product Number: 1.0PREMIUM
- Diameter: 7.5 Inch (with hinge: 8.5 Inch)
- Height: 1.85 in.
- Weight: 1.35 lbs.
- Application: 28-day automatic pill dispenser with lock
- Alarms: Audible and visual
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 lbs.
- Shipping Dimensions: 8.75 x 7.75 x 2.5 in.
- HCPCS Code: A9270
- Manufacturer: Med-E-Dispenser




Product Specifications





Health, United States, 2017, table 79.
Gu, Qiuping, Charles F. Dillon, and Vicki L. Burt. Prescription drug use continues to increase: US prescription drug data for 2007-2008. NCHS data brief 42 (2010): 1.
Migowa, Angela Nyangore et al. Effect of a voice recognition system on pediatric outpatient medication errors at a tertiary healthcare facility in Kenya. Therapeutic advances in drug safety 9 9 (2018): 499.
Medication Administration Errors, Patient Safety Primer, AHRQ Patient Safety Network, January 2019: 2.
Institute of Medicine. To err is human: building a safer health system. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; November, 1999: 1.
Institute of Medicine. Preventing medication errors. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; July, 2006: 1.
Brown, Marie T., and Jennifer K. Bussell. Medication adherence: WHO cares?. Mayo clinic proceedings. Vol. 86. No. 4. Elsevier, 2011.



Medical Studies


Medication Administration Management

Medication Errors: Technical Series on Safer Primary Care. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2016. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.


Tamper-Proof Pill Dispenser Reduces Medication Misuse

 - Uosukainen, Hanna, Hannu Pentikäinen, and Ulrich Tacke. The effect of an electronic medicine dispenser on diversion of buprenorphine-naloxone—experience from a medium-sized Finnish cityJournal of substance abuse treatment 45.1 (2013): 143-147.
- Kuehn, Bridget M. Scientists probe ways to curb opioid abuse without hindering pain treatmentJAMA 297.18 (2007): 1965-1967.


Medication Adherence

- Boquete, Luciano, et al. Dynamically programmable electronic pill dispenser system. Journal of medical systems. 34.3 (2010): 357-366.


Alarm Notification Medication

- Othman, Nurmiza Binti, and Ong Pek Ek. Pill dispenser with alarm via smart phone notification. 2016 IEEE 5th Global Conference on Consumer Electronics. IEEE, 2016.
- Fărcaş, C., et al. Weekly electronic pills dispenser with circular containers. 2015 IEEE 21st International Symposium for Design and Technology in Electronic Packaging (SIITME). IEEE, 2015.


Effectiveness of Electronic Pill Dispensers

- McGrady, Meghan E., et al. An independent evaluation of the accuracy and usability of electronic adherence monitoring devices. Annals of internal medicine (2018).
- Billingsley, Luanne, and Ann Carruth. Use of technology to promote effective medication adherence. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 46.8 (2015): 340-342.
- Allemann, Samuel S., Kurt E. Hersberger, and Isabelle Arnet. Patient views on an electronic dispensing device for prepackaged polypharmacy: a qualitative assessment in an ambulatory setting. Integrated pharmacy research & practice. 4 (2015): 167.


Use of Electronic Pill Dispenser by the Elderly

- Logue, Rebecca McGarry. Self-medication and the elderly: How technology can help. AJN The American Journal of Nursing 102.7 (2002): 51-55.
- Harbig, Philipp, Ishay Barat, and Else M. Damsgaard. Suitability of an electronic reminder device for measuring drug adherence in elderly patients with complex medication. Journal of telemedicine and telecare 18.6 (2012): 352-356.



Comparison Chart of Electric Pill Dispensers


Accutab E-Pill  Med-E-Lert™ MedFolio MedMinder MedReady
   Purchase Yes Yes Yes Yes Rental Yes
   Monthly Service Fees No No No Optional Yes No
   Versions/Upgrades 1 15 1 2 4 1
   Reminders/Alarms No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
        Audible No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
        Visual No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
        Alarm Duration (minutes) No Optional 30 N/A N/A No
   Custom Voice Reminders No Optional No No Yes No
   Medical Alert No No No No Yes No
   Lock-Out Function No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
   As Needed Dispensing No No No No No No
   Timer Dispensing No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
   Storage & Dispensing            
   # Refill Trays 21 28 28 28 28 28
   Max # of Aspirin Size Tablets Per Tray 25 18-20 18 20 N/A 9
   Max # Daily Doses 3 6 4 4 4 4
   Max # Days 7 28 28 28 28 28
   Max # Weeks Capacity 1 4 4 4 4 4
   Rx Capacity N/A N/A N/A 16 N/A N/A
   Power Source            
   Requires Batteries No Yes Yes No Optional Optional
   Rechargeable Battery  N/A No No No Yes Yes
   Requires 120 V Connection No Optional No Yes Yes Optional
   Battery Backup N/A Optional No No Yes Yes
   LandLine Connection No Optional No No No No
   Cellular Connection No Optional No Yes Yes No
   Computer Connection No No No Yes No No
   External Monitoring No Optional No Yes Yes No





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