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Biopill.

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Highly Commended Award Winner 2021/22

Redefining prescription pacakging .

Biopill, is a sustainable medication concept, whereby the exterior protective packaging becomes the dispenser, dispensing pre-dosed biodpods of medication with bold time and date reminders, bettering adherance. It is part of a wider service system, whereby the user receives weekly medication deliveries, and can exchange their used biodegradable pods with the courier.

Sector

Medical

Year

2022

Disciplines

Strategic research
Industrial design
Design for manufacture
Art direction

Awards

RSA Student Awards

Highly Commended 

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Pharmaceutical prescription medication packaging is unsustainable, non-recyclable and non-biodegradable, whilst post-use disposal procedures are unclear, inadvertently resulting in packets ending up in landfill. Both accidental patient adherence and non-adherence to prescribed medication plans, among 50+ users, are commonplace, resulting in increased healthcare costs; non-adherence is exacerbated by system inefficiencies surrounding a traditional pharmacy.

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£300 million

of NHS prescribed medicines are wasted each year

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2/3

 of people in the US dispose of medicines inappropriately  

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50%

of people in the US forget to take their medication at least once a month.

'One prescription taker commented that she 'didn't like blister packs' and found her prescription very hard to get into due to having dexterity problems (arthritis) and is often forced to use a knife to access the medication.'

Prescription Taker Interviewee

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red seaweed

Agar extraction from red seaweed algae through boiling.

Natural veg dyes
water

Agar (polymer) combined with water (plasticiser) and vegetable dyes (additive) to form biopolymer sheets.

heat sealed

Pods and tabs are heat sealed together, creating an effective moisture and air barrier.

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