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Illuminating the Issue
Did you know that more than two million poisonings are reported annually to poison control centers across the US? According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, approximately 90% of poisonings happen in the home. While adults, specifically those over age of 65, account for only 2.7% of reported poisonings, they make up more than 20% of all fatal poisonings in the US!
There are many factors for the high percentage of fatal poisonings among the aging. For one, older adults consume more pharmaceuticals than any other age group — over 25% of the total medications consumed in the United States and other developed countries. Many of these adults are taking more than one medication, in some cases as many as four to five.
Trying to keep track of this many medications would be daunting task for anyone! For adults over the age of 65, whose vision and hearing as well as short-term memory and other cognitive abilities are compromised with age, the task can seem nearly impossible. There are many cases of unintentional poisoning attributed to repetitive dosing, taking the wrong person’s medication (common in households with more than one older person) or mixing the wrong medications.
What’s your Bright Pill Organizer Idea?
Edison Nation Medical is hosting an innovation search to find the newest ideas to improve the current pill organization items to make them easier to use and hopefully safer for everyone.
Do you have an idea for an organizer that helps the patient keep track of the medications they have taken?
Perhaps you have an idea to make it easier for a healthcare provider to monitor a patient’s adherence to their medication schedule.
Or maybe a way to give a caregiver piece of mind that their loved one will be safe even if they cannot be there to take care of them every minute of every day.
Whatever the idea, just make sure it meets three simple criteria:
1. Improve patient care
2. Reduce costs
3. Is a unique idea that can be patented
Submit your bright idea for pill organizers to the Edison Nation Medical search today and help us reduce the number of poisonings from accidental overdoses in the US.
As always, we ask for well-communicated ideas. This includes filling out our easy-to-use submission form to the best of your ability. Upload images, sketches and any other media that supports your idea. Tell us your story. We even encourage you to create a video demonstration. Don’t worry. We aren’t expecting you to break out your inner Spielberg. Please keep videos to less than two minutes.
As always, your submission should be unique and protectable (we love to see patented ideas but that isn’t required). Each idea costs just $25 ($20 for Edison Nation Medical Insiders) to submit.
Is my idea secure?
Yes! Every idea that is submitted to Edison Nation remains private. If your idea is selected to be presented to a partner, we have strict NDAs in place. Your intellectual property is extremely important to us.
If my idea is selected, what do I get?
If your idea is selected for licensing, we will remain in contact with you and our partner from the moment the deal is signed until it is ready for the marketplace. Our team negotiates competitive royalty structures and all licensing revenues are split 50/50 with you, the original inventor.
Why do I have to pay $25?
$25 is a nominal fee to help offset the costs Edison Nation takes on to review each idea that's submitted. It is a one-time cost. If your idea is selected for licensing, we will navigate the road to commercialization -- all at no cost to you. If you are an Edison Nation Insider, the submission fee is only $20!
What do I need to submit?
We'll review all ideas, whether it's a sketch on a napkin or a prototyped invention. You don't need a patent to submit an idea to Edison Nation.