The NHS spends over £500 million on wasted medicines and avoidable illness per year, it has been estimated. Earlier research indicates that about one-third of patients do not take their medication as directed. Text messaging services could help people to remember to take their prescribed medicines, according to the INTERACT Trial.
Text messaging service ‘helps people take their pills’. London: BBC Health News, December 6th 2014.
This relates to:
Wald, DS. Bestwick, JP. [and] Raiman, L. [et al] (2014). Randomised trial of text messaging on adherence to cardiovascular preventive treatment (INTERACT Trial). PLoS ONE. December 5th 2014, 9(12): e114268. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
Possibly also of interest, there is a more cautious systematic review:
de Jongh, T. Gurol-Urganci, I. [and] Vodopivec-Jamsek, V. [et al] (2012). Mobile phone messaging for facilitating self-management of long-term illnesses. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, December 12th 2012, Vol.12, No. CD007459. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).