Israeli treatment adherence company launches smart medication storage device

By Dave Muoio
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Tel-Aviv, Israel-based Vaica, a producer of cloud-based medication adherence products, has announced a new in-home device to help patients stick to their treatments. The Capsuled device stores medications, and includes reminders, informational materials, and other features designed to better enable patients’ daily medication routines.

"The Capsuled is a unique patient adherence product targeted specifically for the pharmaceutical industry. It offers an improved solution, based on our validated, FDA and CE approved technology,” Tomer Gofer, CEO of Vaica, said in a statement.

Capsuled takes the form of a container with a digital display. When it is time for a dose, the device alerts the user with visual and audio cues, both of which escalate in severity if they are ignored. Inside of the container — which can be locked with a passcode — patients can access their medication as well as integrated educational videos through the visual display. In addition, the device also serves weekly adherence reports, and allows patients to contact their care provider if need be.

"Vaica's mission is to improve patients' lives through its customized medication adherence solutions,” Gofer said. “At the core of our technology is cloud-based software, enabling remote management of smart medication dispensers. This offers real-time patient engagement, resulting in higher adherence levels, better patient outcomes and enhanced support.”

In the statement, Vaica also announced that Capsuled will be implemented in two clinical studies conducted in partnership with telemedicine services provider Telecare H24. These studies will both be conducted within Italian hospitals, and will include patients with cardiac heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Vaica said that it has also developed a unique design of Capsuled for the inhalers used in the studies, which will also provide more accurate data on drug intake, time stamps and refills, and adherence data.

Vaica is best known for its SimpleMed+, a specialized medication dispenser also intended to improve adherence, as well as an adherence management portal.

There have been a number of healthcare technologies designed to improve patients’ pill-taking habits, mobile and otherwise. AdhereTech and NantHealth both produce smart pill bottles that remind users when it’s time to take their medication (NantHealth also announced last month the launch of a companion app for its Vitality GlowCap bottles, called Vitality Mobile). Recently, UK-based startup Echo announced that it raised $9.3 million (7 million British pounds) in series A funding for its medication management app, which also coordinates prescription refill deliveries through the country’s Royal Mail.