Research published today in the journalshows that the simple device - able to hold a day’s worth of tablets - encourages people with Type 2 diabetes to take their prescribed medication.
Not taking tablets is a serious obstacle in effectively managing blood glucose (HbA1c) levels.
The study of 2,081 people in Austria showed that over a six-month period, those using the tablet dispenser reduced their HbA1c levels by 0.74 per cent.
In comparison, HbA1c levels of those not given the device went down by 0.53 per cent. A 1 per cent reduction in HbA1c has shown to reduce the risk of diabetic complications such as blindness, kidney disease and amputations by 37 per cent.
Simon O’Neill, Director of Care and Policy at Diabetes UK said, "We estimate that in the UK nearly a million people with Type 2 diabetes treat their condition with a combination of tablets, diet and physical activity.
"However, research shows that for many reasons two thirds of them are not taking their tablets. Anything which helps people take their tablets to achieve better blood glucose control and reduce their risk of developing serious complications is very welcome."