According to the Institute of Medicine, medication errors cost approximately $3 billion per year in the U.S. alone. This tally is expected to increase as the population ages. Talking prescription labels wrapped around pill bottles could dramatically reduce incidence of medication errors. Patients would only need a low-cost Soundpaper reader to playback these critical messages. No internet access or additional hardware would be required. The labels can be pre-recorded with instructions, side-effect warnings, drug interactions and other key information.
Pharmacists, relatives or caretakers can easily customize labels for individual patients. Audio replay is in the voice of a trusted human, not the stilted voice of a computer program. Instructions can be recorded in any language. Patients simply place labeled bottles in a cup-holder shaped Soundpaper reader, eliminating the need for steady hands. In many cases, Soundpaper labels can be printed on existing pharmacy labels using existing printers. Thus, the incremental cost of printing Soundpaper on prescription labels is pennies.