RFID Technology in Blister Packs to Improve Adherence

Technology #ua15-102

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Sandesh Dev
Physician, USVAMC
William Thiagarajan
Adjunct Professor, Public Health
Sandi Thoi
Pharmacist, Pharmacy -Phx
Adam Cardi
Terry Urbine
Aoociate Research Scientist, Pharmacy - Phx
Managed By
Rakhi Gibbons
Asst. Director, Life Sciences (520) 626-6695


The technology is a blister pack integrated with RFID technology to track medication adherence.


Patient non-adherence is when patients fail to follow the medication recommendations of their health care provider. This is a significant barrier to effective medical treatment. Estimates of hospitalization costs due to medication adherence are $13.35 billion annually in the United States. Non-adherence is a risk factor for many poor outcomes, which may contribute up to 125,000 deaths each year.


  • The invention could be sold as an adherence tool to pharmacies looking to improve their five star ratings.
  • Regular chains such as Walgreens have not adopted this and may be a suitable target market for the invention.
  • This type of device may help pharmacies track medication usage and intervene when appropriate.
  • Pharmacies may be inclined to receive bonus payments from insurance plans if adherence rates can increase.


  • This technology may be lower in cost to implement versus many of the other adherence devices available. For example, a med compliance monitor may be extremely cost prohibitive to a patient and only used in research settings.
  • These types of adherence devices provide many options over a blister pack including an alarm and text message reminders.
  • The current technology is more suited to be implemented in a high-risk population due to its relative ease of use and low cost. A high-risk population that can benefit from medication adherence may be the elderly.


Terry Urbine


Rakhi Gibbons

Licensing Manager, Tech Launch Arizona


Technology ID: Refer to UA Case Number UA15-102