New Tool: ProSource
Check out our packaging and processing solutions finder, ProSource.

New Smart Patch Helps Patients Manage Medicine Intake

E Ink and LTS have partnered to develop a “smart patch” that delivers medication to patients and relays relevant information.

Smart Patch / Image: E Ink Holdings
Smart Patch / Image: E Ink Holdings

Between 20 and 50 percent of patients fail to adhere to their medication regimens. The issue costs $290 billion a year in the U.S., making patient compliance a major concern for pharmaceutical companies. However, a recent Business Wire article noted the development of a new patch aimed at helping patients comply. E Ink and LTS have created a “Smart Patch” prototype that delivers medication and features a display with important information.

The Smart Patch features a 2” electronic paper display powered by a bistable circuit so there’s no need to recharge the battery. It also contains a switch, pressure sensor, and displays a message indicating the patch is properly applied to the skin, a countdown until the next dose, and a reminder to remove the patch and replace it. The Smart Patch will begin targeting treatment of chronic diseases before moving on to other applications.

Test Your Supply Chain Smarts
Take Healthcare Packaging's supply chain quiz to prove your knowledge!
Read More
Test Your Supply Chain Smarts
Discover Our Content Hub
Access Healthcare Packaging's free educational content library!
Read More
Discover Our Content Hub