News & Reviews

Since Dispoz-A-Tray was patented there have been numerous articles published about the device.  This page contains excerpts from some of those articles with links to the full publication, and related news concerning the issues that have been addressed by this revolutionary new product.

Pharmacy Tech Holds Patent for

Safer Pill Dispenser

By David Vergun, December 29, 2016

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — It takes a team of professionals — doctors, nurses, behavioral health experts and support staff — to deliver quality health care to Soldiers, retirees and their Families.

One such person serving in a vital supporting role is Ming Koh, a pharmacy technician at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

He and others at the pharmacy realize that safety and service are paramount in what they do every day. “Supporting Soldiers and their families is a sacred responsibility,” he said.

Evaluation of Pharmaceutical Dust Exposures at an Outpatient Pharmacy

Kenneth W. Fent, PhD
Srinivas Durgam, MSPH, MSChE, CIH
Mark Methner, PhD, CIH
Health Hazard Evaluation Report 2010-0078-3177
Report No. 2010-0078-3177, April 2013
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Highlights of this Evaluation

The Health Hazard Evaluation Program received a request from an outpatient pharmacy. The employer was concerned about employee exposures to pharmaceutical dust.

What We Did

  • We did exposure sampling at the pharmacy in April 2011. We returned in April 2012 to do more sampling.
  • We measured particle levels over time at different processes. We did this to determine if pharmaceutical dust was released into the air.
  • We sampled the air for dust. These air samples were weighed to determine the amount of dust in the air. They were also analyzed for lactose (common inactive filler in tablets) and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
  • We sampled surfaces for lactose to look for possible pharmaceutical contamination throughout the pharmacy.

Pharmacy – Pill Dust – Patient Protection: Madigan Patient Safety – Product Innovation Foundation Announces New Patented Product That Eliminates Dangers Related to Compromised Prescription Medication

Cision PR Newswire
Single-use Disposable Pill Counting Device (Patent 8066124) Eliminates Cross-Contamination
Jan 28, 2016, 03:41 ET from Madigan Patient Safety – Product Innovation Foundation

SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Reinventing pharmacies for better health – this is the mission behind Madigan Patient Safety – Product Innovation Foundation. Rarely is patient safety fully addressed and dangerous practices cause a real threat to the health and wellbeing of those seeking medical relief.

As the saying goes, the first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. Foundation Director, Ming Koh and his team have taken the initiative to tackle this issue head on by developing a revolutionary device that eliminates dangers associated with pharmaceutical cross-contamination.

Among many things, pharmacies supply medication – when dispensed in pill form, medicine is stored in vials for patient pick-up. After doctor appointments, some patients experience such discomfort that they immediately take their medication after picking up the prescription. The only concern of the patient under these circumstances is that the medication will provide some relief from the pain that they suffer or cure the ailment. However, in reality cross-contamination can amplify pain rather than alleviate it.

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