Hello, I am Mary Ann Andrews the creator of the Pillrite. I’d like to tell you about how the Pillrite came into existence. In later posts I’d like to share some things I’ve learned in the course of developing the product and about the challenge of taking medication regularly for a chronic condition.
I would dread Sunday night. Sunday night meant I would have to drag out all my medication and vitamin bottles, and my pill boxes to organize my medication for the next week. I am like many in America, there are 32 million of us that take three or more medications daily, take medication for a chronic condition. Matter of fact, I take medication twice a day. The chore of having to take my medicine out of the pill bottle and drop it into the AM or the PM pillbox was annoying because I had to do it every week, every week I had to fight the temptation to put it off to tomorrow. Maybe my favorite TV show was on, maybe it was late and I was tired. But, if I wanted the benefit of taking the medication and did not want the consequence of not taking them, I had to go through the routine again. There had to be a better way.
There are many pillboxes on the market from the one time per day for one week that we all know, the two times per day for one week, and the four times per day for one week, just to mention a few. I tried them all. I tried to make something work so I didn’t have to take out my pill bottles every week. Nothing was satisfactory, sometimes I ended with more of a problem then when I started. Again, there had to be a better way.
Then one day it hit me, why don’t I use eight of the standard one time per day for one week pill boxes. That would allow me to only have to fill my pillboxes every four weeks. However, that also created a bunch of pillboxes laying around. I liked the idea of filling every four weeks ,but there had to be a better way. Then it hit me again, what if I placed the pillboxes vertically into a caddy? Sort like a sixpack, or an eightpack, if you will. I enlisted my husband, got some balsa wood, a glue gun and the first PillRite was created.
I found a product design firm and over the months the snap-in pillboxes were created,then the different colored AM and PM pillboxes, the refill reminder markers, and the MyMedlist compartment. This all came together to become the PillRite of today, the only twice daily, four week medication organization system.
I am very proud of this product and how it can make life better for all of us that take medication twice daily.