The United States population according to the U.S. Census Bureau is 325 million in counting. The total number of prescriptions filled annually in the United States is projected to be 4.6 billion in the year 2017. If you were to divide the prescriptions by our population we find that on average, every American will get 14 prescriptions a year. (Obviously, some people take more medication than others.) Regardless, this average is staggering!
It tells us that as a country we take a significant amount of medication. The United States has one of the most advanced and robust healthcare industries in the world. As Americans, we are privileged with the opportunity to be insured by this health care industry which provides the necessary care.
Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement. Countless studies have been performed documenting that over 7 million people are hospitalized annually by not taking their medication properly. In many cases, medication is effective but only when taken as directed. When people skip or forget their medicine it negatively affects the outcome of their treatment.
Hourbands is in a unique position to help with this problem. This simple medication reminder is designed to be inexpensive and reusable, regardless of income level to improve the quality of life for those who need to take their medication.