Pricey pill dispenser aims to help elderly manage meds


A medicine dispenser that helps elderly people take the correct dose of medicine at the right time will hit the market in February, nursing-care robot maker CareBot Corp. said Thursday.

The box-shaped device is around 30 cm in size. It issues voice and screen alerts to remind people to take their medicine, with the appropriate dose dispensed in a pill case.

The device is priced at ¥120,000 excluding tax. It can hold enough medication for seven days and keeps a record of when pills were dispensed.

CareBot, a joint venture between nursing care provider Saint-Care Holding Corp. and Clarion Co., a maker of car navigation systems and other automotive equipment, hopes to sell about 3,000 of the dispensers each year to pharmacies for lease to the elderly and nursing homes.

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