NPS releases app for antibiotic alerts
NPS has launched a new app for iPhone and iPad to help patients remember to take their antibiotics correctly.
The new Antibiotics Reminder app allows users to set reminders for each dose of antibiotics, track whether doses are taken correctly and record progress in a daily recovery diary.
The Antibiotics Reminder app can search for antibiotics by brand name such as Amoxil or active ingredient such as amoxicillin, with predictive text generating a list of potential matches from an inbuilt database. After selecting the form (e.g. tablets), strength and how often the antibiotic is used, the app generates a set of modifiable alarms to remind the user to take each dose.
When it is time for their next dose, the user receives an alert from the app and a prompt to enter whether that dose was taken on time, early, late or not at all. This information is tracked and can be reviewed later.
The app also allows users to record how they feel each day and track any improvements using a recovery chart, which can be shared with carers via Facebook, Twitter or email.
This is the second smartphone initiative from NPS following the release of its interactive Medicines List app in June last year.
An NPS spokesperson said that while the Medicine List app was designed primarily for regular medicine users or people on multiple medicines, the Antibiotics Reminder app also caters for more sporadic medicine users who are only prescribed antibiotics occasionally.
The free app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (with operating systems iOS 5 or higher) by searching for ‘Antibiotics Reminder’ on Apple iTunes or on the App Store on mobile devices.
General information about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance is also provided in the app, including a link to a survey for users to provide feedback to NPS.
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