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Published: Friday, April 26 2013 10:30 a.m. MDT

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The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Great Idea.

It may be tamper resistant but I bet I could get it open. I have hack saws, and engine lathe, hammers and chisels and lots of other tools.

Still, it is a great idea but nothing can be made to be idiot proof because idiots are so creative.


Nice idea, but you expect an elderly patient who can't even remember to take their pills to remember an access code? I can't even remember all of my pins and passwords. Then there is the cost involved which would be passed on to Medicare and Medicaid and ultimately the taxpayers. Lets find a way to reduce the number of pills we are taking as a nation instead.

Provo, UT

@The Rock
I worked on the device mentioned in this article. We've done destructive testing and it holds up to a lot of stuff: (600lb static load, 8lb sledge, run over by a truck, compression under the "jaws of life." If someone ends up destroying the device, there wouldn't be much left to abuse. Also, you have to consider that when a person goes to refill their prescription, their device would have to come back with them untampered and unscarred. Any evidence of attempted tampering would result of an untrustworthy status.

So I agree with you, people can be creative, but there's a lot that could be to done to curb the abuse. This product would be a great beginning.

An access code is a very common security measure. But if you're worried about remembering your code, I hope you can imagine a future version of this product that would have a finger print scanner. There are plenty of ways to get around a faulty memory.

Lindon, UT

Well done on the rebuttal dswiss! Looks like the BYU wit strikes back again! GO COUGARS!

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