DING – Take Your Medication!

My veterinarian has our poor kitty cat on medication with this schedule for pill #1 ( a steroid):

1 pill twice a day with food for 3-1/2 days, then 1 pill once a day for 3 days, then 1 pill every other day until gone;

and pill #2 (an anti-inflammatory):

1 pill twice a day until gone.

I am saying to myself, “This is a little bit complicated…”, so I spent a few minutes sitting with the Vet’s receptionist before I left, and we created four calendar events together that she e-mailed to me while I watched. I immediately whipped out my trusty iPhone in the office, retrieved my e-mail, and “added” the calendar event to my “home calendar”.  And, presto-chango, I now get an alarm whenever Misha needs to get her medicine. It took us about six minutes to make the calendar events, send them by e-mail, and then delete them from the receptionist’s Outlook account.

These are standard “.ics” calendar files that Windows Outlook, Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar, Mac iCal, Thunderbird, Sea Monkey, your Windows phone, Android phone or iPhone will all understand –  and a slew of applications I don’t even know about will understand these files, too – even Lotus Notes likes the ics files… See IETF RFC 5545 for more info.

So simple – every pharmacy should do this when they print the medication label!  With so many people taking multiple medications – and older people taking medication that they do not manage well because they forget, you would think that this would be a “no-brainer”. The “app” that prints the label could do the calendar events and e-mail them – if those application writers were thinking just a little harder than they seem to be…

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