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New tool in Upstate pharmacies helps monitor prescription intake

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A new device is allowing people to think twice before spilling out the pills.

"About a third of their patients don't take their prescriptions as prescribed and this cap is really bringing this to light," said one Upstate CVS pharmacist. 

Upstate pharmacies are trying out the new tool to help patients more closely monitor their prescription intake.

"When 20 minutes feels like 2 hours, and 2 hours can seem like an eternity when you're in pain, you need to know when to take it," the pharmacist explained.

CEO of TimerCap Larry Twersky caught up with FOX over Skype about this new device called 'TimerCap."

"The TimerCap - you open it up, it stops, you put it back on and it's going to start counting until the next time it's been opened."

The CEO said the cap visually shows in hours, minutes and seconds the last time someone opened your prescription. 

"So now what we see is parents can detect if there's been opening, down to the exact minute of it happening.  If mom and dad have been away for 8 hours, and it says only two hours, we know there's a problem in the house."

Twersky said it's a great tool because non-adherence causes at least 125,000 deaths here in the United States. 

Other Upstate pharmacists say it's good for those who are several types of medication, for those keeping track of the kids' or elderly's medicine...or for those of us who just had a long day and need a timely reminder.

Twersky says TimerCap is not, however, a cure to the opioid epidemic - something that hit close to the CEO's own family.

"My mom, who passed away at the age of 60, was not healthy and she was always on some medication," said Twersky.

Twersky said visually seeing and making a decision to pop the bottle before the appropriate time helps gauge problems and potential prescription abuse.

"As soon as you start to time something like the TimerCap," said Twersky. "You start to take your medication as prescribed." 

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