It’s been a moment since I’ve done a review. This is partially due to not receiving some of the things I’ve backed just yet.
Still, I came across something fascinating & that I was lucky enough to receive a discount on the package in exchange for doing some user testing & exchanging feedback. I was so happy I did.
I have to say I really love my PillDrill. For me, the $199 investment has been worth it. I don’t have the problem of forgetting to take my medication or remembering what I took when. I’m sure I’ll have to tweak some of this post transplant, with my new drugs but so far, it’s been great.
Each one of my medicines have this sticker. (For my inhalers there was an elastic band that wound around it that I still managed to lose, but that’s my fault). This corresponds to a drug name in the app & the times & days of week I schedule it for.
This is the hub. I pass the bottle over the hub, like I would like a grocery check out. It records that I have taken the medicine. If say 10AM rolls around & I haven’t taken my medication yet, the hub starts flashing & my drugs come up. The alarm doesn’t quit until I’ve taken everything.
I keep most of my meds in these strips, which function like a pill box. I use two since I take pills morning & night, but after transplant I’ll add two in between for afternoon and evening doses if I need. The cups are easy to use & maintain and for as small as they are, they are pretty deep. They are also scannable. (Though I still have to mark off the individual medications for now even if I use these to hold them).
There are no monthly subscription fees for PillDrill.
You can set it up to track your own medications or your loved ones. It will send text alerts if you take them on time or not or if you miss them. At the end of the week it gives you a scorecard that tells you how successful you were at taking your medication.
In the months I’ve been testing & using this, I’ve done better with my adherence & have not forgotten my meds.
If anything even if I’m late, I remember as soon as I get home because the skip feature will remind me, or I’ll go through at the end of the day & realized what I skipped or have yet to take.
I take about 12 or 13 medicines now & I have all the important ones tagged. There are a few as needed or temporary ones that I don’t track.
This helps me keep track of my vitamins too.
The tags can also be reused as long as the pill bottle size matches. Or you can stick it on the carton or box top of the medicine and keep it that way just to scan.
I like how versatile it is.
Overall, the user testing has been simple & easy.
The company really values feedback too, so any small problems I’ve had with occasionally needing multiple swipes or something not registering has been addressed quickly.
It was actually fun testing this product too because it works & does what it promises.
The only thing I’m not utilizing as much is the mood cube shown below. I’m supposed to scan it after I take every dose, but many of these meds I’ve been on quite a while so I don’t notice changes in how I feel after taking my medications.
I do see this helping with new medications or post transplant, if I start feeling particularly awful on a particular drug, I have a way to track that which is nice.
I also could see it be useful for noting changes in season as sometimes that deeply affects me & my mental health too.
So it’s definitely useful, just not something I’m utilizing at the moment.
Overall for what it does & for the pricing in compared to other similar products out on the market, it’s reasonable for as robust as it is.
There’s a good team of people behind the company who want to be sure their customers are getting the best use out of the device which also makes it worth it (at least to me).
They make it very easy to use whether you are a gadget or smartphone person or not.
It is over my usual budget for such things, but it’s been worth it to me & this is something that will hold up & I’ll get much use out of.
The fact too that I can use it without a monthly fee also helps. Because many of the earlier bluetooth solutions sometimes do charge a monthly fee or aren’t as robust & easy to use as this one.
It’s not terribly bulky but I do prefer my PillSuite for traveling at this point because the bundles are easier for me to handle & pack.
I do have versatility now, which I also like.
This is working out great & something I’m sure will improve with time as they are always introducing updates or thinking ahead.
(DISCLAIMER: I was not paid by this company or sent a free device. I ordered it on my own from the company & did receive a slight discount for being an early adopter & testing the device for them. I thought doing a review might be a useful way to share information with others who might be interested or needing such a device for their own personal health issues. This analysis in no way constitutes medical advice or product endorsement. I try to keep the devices I select for personal use, profiling, & reviewing in an affordable price range. Often $50 or less where possible. If they are more expensive I make that clear & try to point out their practicality & uniqueness in assisting me with my personal health tracking.)