MyTherapy Meds & Pill Reminder app

An app aimed at anyone wanting to keep track of their medicines and when to take them.

MyTherapy Meds & Pill Reminder By MyTherapy


Features
  • Medication tracking history
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Compliance reminders and alerts
  • Repeat or refill reminder
  • Reports for sharing
Clinical review Two out of five stars
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Cost Free

What does the app do?

This app helps you keep track of your medicines. It allows you to create a medication list and set reminders or prompts to remind you when to take a particular medicine. The app also allows you to record various measurements, activities (such as walking, running, cycling) and symptoms. It has provision to set prompts to remind you when your medication is running low. 
For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android) and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

PROS   CONS   
✔  Consolidates medication reminders, measurement reminders and symptoms checks into a daily report.

✔  The measurement list is very comprehensive ranging from common measures such as weight, blood pressure and blood sugar to more unusual measures such as INR, lithium level, peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR).

✔  Has a team function to involve family as personal reminders and help motivate you to manage your medication.

✔  Has provision to create monthly progress reports to assess adherence.
✘ The app has the option of manually entering the medications or linking to medication databases from various European countries. There is no option to link to a NZ medication database. 

 The frequency of administration defaults to Daily, and could be skipped in error, leading to serious error e.g. low dose methotrexate comes with default Daily frequency. It would be better to disable default Daily frequency, so the user has to select the relevant frequency.

✘  Mode options are planned or as needed (PRN). This may be confusing for patients. Instead two buttons either “Regular” or “As needed” may be better option. Once the As needed (PRN) option is selected, there is no option to add instructions - the display is: “Only spontaneous”. These medications should have full instructions typed from the pharmacy label or omitted.

✘ When reminders appear, the medication name, strength and administration time are listed. However, there are no complete label instructions. There is no general advice e.g. as a pop up window when medications are populated, advising patients to keep medications in original containers and to always read pharmacy labels. In addition, once the profile is populated there should be reminder to check instructions against the labels.

✘  There is no option to enter cautionary & advisory labels (e.g. with food), indication ( e.g. for PRN) or expiry date of the product (e.g. eye drops)

✘ There is no photo or shape and colour description to be selected for tablets and capsules. All forms of medication have the same icon – capsule. The graphics are simple - there is no use of colour.

✘  Measurement units are in mg/dl not in mmol/L and there is no option to choose.

Security and privacy

The app can be used without registration. If registered, it is password protected and the reports are sent to the email provided. Passcode can be setup for added security. There is a Data privacy policy listing contact details and physical address of the company in Germany. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: June 2018 
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 3.38.1 
Updated on: 25/05/2018

Learn more

This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:

MyTherapy Med Reminder Pillbox  myhealthapps.net 

References

The following references relate to articles about apps for medication adherence.

  1. Haase J, Farris KB, Dorsch MP. Mobile Applications to Improve Medication Adherence. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Jun 1
  2. Nguyen E, Bugno L, Kandah C, et al. Is There a Good App for That? Evaluating m-Health Apps for Strategies That Promote Pediatric Medication Adherence. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Apr 12 
  3. Davies MJ, Kotadia A, Mughal H, et al. The attitudes of pharmacists, students and the general public on mHealth applications for medication adherence. Pharm Pract (Granada). 2015 Oct-Dec;13(4):644.
  4. Becker S, Brandl C, Meister S, et al. Demographic and health related data of users of a mobile application to support drug adherence is associated with usage duration and intensity. PLoS One. 2015 Jan 28;10(1)
  5. DiDonato KL, Liu Y, Lindsey CC, et al. Community pharmacy patient perceptions of a pharmacy-initiated mobile technology app to improve adherence. Int J Pharm Pract. 2015 Oct;23(5):309-19.
  6. Heldenbrand S, Martin BC, Gubbins PO, et al. Assessment of medication adherence app features, functionality, and health literacy level and the creation of a searchable Web-based adherence app resource for health care professionals and patients. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2016 May-Jun;56(3):293-302.
  7. Lindsey Dayer, Seth Heldenbrand, Paul Anderson, et al. Smartphone medication adherence apps: Potential benefits to patients and providers. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2013 Mar-Apr; 53(2): 172–181
Last reviewed: 17 Jun 2018