Introducing the iPill Dispenser

Introducing the iPill DispenserIntroducing the iPill DispenserIntroducing the iPill DispenserIntroducing the iPill Dispenser


A digital health - Hardware Innovation to improve prescription adherence and safety by reducing opioid diversion and abuse


Security - Treat Underlying Causes

Security - Treat Underlying Causes

Security - Treat Underlying Causes

  • Secure storage of opioids


  • Control dispensing to only the person prescribed the opioids 

  • Control dispensing so opioids can be accessed only as prescribed 

  • Destruction of contained pills upon tampering

  • To reduce diversion

Safety - Harm Reduction

Security - Treat Underlying Causes

Security - Treat Underlying Causes

  • Patient prescribed cannot  take more than prescribed 

  • Only registered user can access pills from the iPill Dispenser

  • Safely disposes of unused opioids to reduce to other patients, family, or friends
  • To reduce the 3.3 Billion unused opioids entering our communities every year

Serenity - Safely Treat Pain

Security - Treat Underlying Causes

Serenity - Safely Treat Pain

  • Knowledge you can take opioids safely and securely

  •  A wellness app to offer alternatives to opioids 

The Opioid Crisis


135 people die each day from an opioid overdose (2017 FDA)

135 people die each day from an opioid overdose (2017 FDA)

135 people die each day from an opioid overdose (2017 FDA)

  • 1 in 5 people know someone who abuse drugs. We can prevent someone you know from dying of an opioid overdose
  • 770,000 people have died of an opioid overdose since 1999
  • There are more donor hearts available because of opioid overdoses
  • The impact to the US economy is  $635 Billion dollars per year in healthcare costs and loss of workers productivity


90% of opioid drugs are orally abused

135 people die each day from an opioid overdose (2017 FDA)

135 people die each day from an opioid overdose (2017 FDA)

  1. Getting a bottle of pills is like getting a handful of pills.  Nothing prevents 1 pill or 10 pills from being taken
  2. The Child-resistant cap was invented for child in 1967 by Dr. Herni Breault
  3. Pain management, not elimination of opioids, will save lives
  4. Passive Control like REMS, PMDP monitor pills don't work
  5. Limit opioids and abusers will move onto the next drug. 67% of opioid overdoses involve a "cocktail" of drugs


The iPill App + iPill Dispenser

135 people die each day from an opioid overdose (2017 FDA)

The iPill App + iPill Dispenser

What it does:

  • Promotes safe pain management
  • Enforces prescription adherence
  • Prevents diversion
  • Safely stores unused opioids
  • Detects respiratory depression (and alerts emergency services)


  • 4 point Biometric Authentication
  • BlockChain transaction records
  • EMR compatibility
  • Remote physician control
  • Tamperproof and inexpensive
  • DeNovo Class 2 FDA approval pending


Patients receive prescription opioid medications in unsecured bottles. 

What prevents them from abusing their prescriptions?


The opioid crisis is 20 years old.  Why isn't it getting better? 

Fewer prescriptions are written but the overdose death rate continues to rise.  We need to change what has been done because it is not working.  We don't need to follow what has been done because it has failed.  We need a new mindset and a innovation and iPill is ready to change the future.

In 2 years, we've had traction:  

*The iPill was one of eight company chosen by the FDA in the FDA Innovation Challenge: Devices to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorder 

* The FDA is focused on secure storage and safe disposal solutions

* The iPill was a winner of the 2018 FDA Innovation Challenge: Devices to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorder

* We won the 2018 UCLA Opioid Hack-A-Thon

* The FDA designated iPill as a “breakthrough” medical device.

* Our patent have been granted.   USPTO no. 10,426,707

* We were chosen as a winner of the 2019 Hartford Insurtech Hub competition where we will build a financial reimbursement model and apply for a HHS HCPCS/CPT code to make the iPill a reimbursable medical device.  This is important to now

* We were chosen as a finalist of the ACC Innovation Challenge – TeleHealth & Virtual Visits pitch competition at ACC.20/WCC in Chicago.  The pitch will take place March 29, 2020 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.


In the hospital, opioids are stored under lock and key and dispensed by trained healthcare providers. Patients who receive opioids at the hospital are closely monitored for side effects. There is no similar regulation or monitoring at a patient's home. Patient safety should be equal from the hospital to the home. 

The iPill App and iPill Dispenser provides a solution: 

  • To enforce prescription adherence to prevent overconsumption 
  • To reduce diversion of  by using fast 4-point biometric authentication
  • To provide a safe tamper-resistant storage solution
  • To provide safe disposal of unused pills

If you are interested, please contact us.  

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Attitudes on youth addiction

Opioid Overdose deaths by type of opioid,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017

1,313,958 patients over study period of 2002 to 2011 and 9,458 patients died of a postop OD.  

11,313,958 total patients divided by 9 years divided by 9,458 OD Patients =  patient and this represents 20% of US admissions so 132 patients divided by 20% = 664 patients.


Ann Surg. 2017 Apr;265(4):702-708. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001945.

Predictors of In-hospital Postoperative Opioid Overdose After Major Elective Operations: A Nationally Representative Cohort Study.

Cauley CE1, Anderson G, Haynes AB, Menendez M, Bateman BT, Ladha K.

The death rate may actually be underestimated because as people overdose they aspirated on their own vomit.  County coroners did not have the right CPT codes to classify death due to aspiration pneumonia secondary to opioids.

Pitt study_ 70K opioid overdose deaths went unreported on death certificates _ TribLIVE.pdf

The Effect of Incomplete Death Certificates on Estimates of Unintentional Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2015 - Jeanine M. Buchanich, Lauren C. Balmert, Karl E. Williams, Donald S. Burke, 2018.pdf

The Number of Opioid Overdose Deaths May Be Underestimated

Undercount Seen in Opioid Deaths _ Medpage Today

Most people use a cocktail of drugs

Prescription drug use is a risk factor for Heroin use

90% with a substance abuse problem began as youth with prescription opioids,%20October%2014,%202016.pdf

3.3 Billion unused pills enter our communities every year

42%-71% of postop opioids go unused

40% of doctors refuse new Chronic pain patients using opioids

268.2% rise in pediatric deaths from prescription and illicit opioids

9 million stolen units of opioids

A study reported only 1.3% of patients who overdosed on prescription had an active opioid prescription.