Automated Methadone Dispensing Machine

Abstract/Technology Overview

The present invention is a low cost and simple medication dispenser that can be operated by any authorised person and not necessarily by a skilled or trained person. Briefly, the present invention is developed to provide a dispensing apparatus equipped with an identification or recognition mechanism to detect the patient, and dispense the medication based on the stored medication records of the respective patient. With this present invention, the patient or user can easily access the dispenser, yet at the same time, only the prescribed amount can be dispensed thereby preventing the misuse of drugs or medication.

Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

The automated methadone dispenser is comprised of: a housing; at least one dispensing portion integrally formed with the housing and is adapted for automated and controlled dispensing of  methadone; a storage disposed within the housing adapted for containing the amount of methadone to be dispensed; a user recognition in communication with the processor and the storage; and a processor configured for receiving and processing data associated with a patient; configurations for patient identity detection and data retrieval and the predetermined medical prescription(s) for the identified patient. With this secured feature, the misuse of medication or drugs can be significantly reduced.

Potential Applications

This device is expected to have a great impact on significant reductions of government expenditure on dealing with drug abusers through the implementation of an efficient treatment system. Moreover, reduction in crime rates can be expected because in most cases, many drug abusers turn to committing crimes to satisfy their addictions. Thus, this device could help in reducing the number of drug users who will end up in prison and avoid the cycle where they are in and out of prison on a regular basis. Then, drug abusers would have a better life where their addictions are in control and hence they could contribute to the country development whether directly or indirectly.

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Technology Category
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals & Therapeutics
Technology Status
  • Available for Licensing
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 5