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1. WO2017184645 - APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PATIENT USE OF MEDICATION

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An apparatus for providing medication monitoring for a patient, the apparatus comprising:

a receiver circuit configured to receive a wired or wireless signal indicating information regarding dispensing of a medication from a container; a memory circuit configured to store and provide access to at least one of the information regarding dispensing of the medication, information regarding a medication regimen of the patient, information regarding the medication, and an indication of adherence or non-adherence of the patient to the medication regimen;

a processor circuit configured to generate one or more alerts to the patient regarding at least one of: the medication, the medication regimen, and an adherence or non-adherence of the patient to the medication regimen; and

a transmit circuit configured to transmit the one or more alerts to a receiver device accessible by at least one of the patient, a healthcare provider, or a person associated with the patient.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the processor circuit is further configured to:

determine when a quantity of the medication within the container is below a threshold amount; and

generate a request to refill the medication from a pharmacy when the quantity is below the threshold.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the receiver circuit is further configured to receive information regarding the patient's healthcare and wherein the processor circuit is further configured to:

identify conflicts or negative interactions between the medication and other medications prescribed to the patient; and

identify adverse interactions between the medication and other aspects of the patient's healthcare.

4. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the information regarding the patient's healthcare includes allergy information and wherein identifying adverse interactions between the medication and other aspects of the patient's healthcare comprises identifying an allergy potential in the medication.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein generating the one or more alerts to the patient comprises generating an adherence alert indicating that the patient is not adhering to the medication regimen or that the patient is adhering to the medication regimen.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein when the adherence alert is generated to indicate that the patient is not adhering to the medication regimen, the processor circuit is further configured to schedule one or more reminders or notifications to the patient to help the patient adhere to the medication regimen.

7. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein generating the one or more alerts to the patient comprises generating a medication alert to the patient, wherein the medication alert indicates that that the medication contained within the container is nearing expiration, has expired, or has been recalled.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein generating the one or more alerts to the patient comprises generating a degradation alert to the patient, wherein the degradation alert indicates that the container has been exposed to improper temperatures that may cause the medications to degrade.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the receive circuit is further configured to receive a location of the container and wherein the transmit circuit is configured to transmit the location to the patient.

10. A method of providing medication monitoring for a patient, the method comprising:

receiving a wired or wireless signal indicating information regarding dispensing of a medication from a container;

storing and providing access to at least one of the information regarding dispensing of the medication, information regarding a medication regimen of the patient, information regarding the medication, and an indication of adherence or non-adherence of the patient to the medication regimen;

generating one or more alerts to the patient regarding at least one of: the medication, the medication regimen, and an adherence or non-adherence of the patient to the medication regimen; and

transmitting the one or more alerts to a receiver device accessible by at least one of the patient, a healthcare provider, or a person associated with the patient.

11. The method of claim 10, further comprising:

determining when a quantity of the medication within the container is below a threshold amount; and

generating a request to refill the medication from a pharmacy when the quantity is below the threshold.

12. The method of claim 10, further comprising:

receiving information regarding the patient's healthcare; identifying conflicts or negative interactions between the medication and other medications prescribed to the patient; and

identifying adverse interactions between the medication and other aspects of the patient's healthcare.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the information regarding the patient's healthcare includes allergy information and wherein identifying adverse interactions between the medication and other aspects of the patient's healthcare comprises identifying an allergy potential in the medication.

14. The method of claim 10, wherein generating the one or more alerts to the patient comprises generating an adherence alert indicating that the patient is not adhering to the medication regimen or that the patient is adhering to the medication regimen.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein when the adherence alert is generated to indicate that the patient is not adhering to the medication regimen, further comprising scheduling one or more reminders or notifications to the patient to help the patient adhere to the medication regimen.

16. The method of claim 10, wherein generating the one or more alerts to the patient comprises generating a medication alert to the patient, wherein the medication alert indicates that that the medication contained within the container is nearing expiration, has expired, or has been recalled.

17. The method of claim 10, wherein generating the one or more alerts to the patient comprises generating a degradation alert to the patient, wherein the degradation alert indicates that the container has been exposed to improper temperatures that may cause the medications to degrade.

18. The method of claim 10, further comprising receiving a location of the container and transmitting the location to the patient.

19. An apparatus for providing medication monitoring for a patient, the apparatus comprising:

means for receiving a wired or wireless signal indicating information regarding dispensing of a medication from a container;

means for storing and providing access to at least one of the information regarding dispensing of the medication, information regarding a medication regimen of the patient, information regarding the medication, and an indication of adherence or non-adherence of the patient to the medication regimen;

means for generating one or more alerts to the patient regarding at least one of: the medication, the medication regimen, and an adherence or non- adherence of the patient to the medication regimen; and

means for transmitting the one or more alerts to a receiver device accessible by at least one of the patient, a healthcare provider, or a person associated with the patient.

The apparatus of claim 19, wherein:

the means for receiving comprises a receiver circuit,

the means for storing and providing access comprises a memory circuit, the means for generating comprises a processor circuit, and

the means for transmitting comprises a transmit circuit.