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Manage and track your medications with PillPad for the BlackBerry PlayBook

By Alicia Erlich on 25 Aug 2012 03:27 pm EDT

Laid across my kitchen table is what my Mother calls her own personal pharmacy. Years of being a heart patient and Type 1 diabetic have left her with quite a collection which for many years was up to me to fill the container you see above each week, call in the refills, and pick up the prescriptions from the pharmacy.

If there's one thing I've learned when managing her medications the more there are, the harder it is to keep track and remember them. Her daily regimen includes five pill bottles, two insulin bottles, one box of insulin needles, and one set of prescription eye drops and each of them have different dosages, instructions, and frequencies.

This is especially true when they need adjustment, when providing a list to a new doctor, or when it involves taking more than once a day. PillPad by Alade designs for the BlackBerry PlayBook helps keep track of medications, refill your prescriptions, and provide quick medical reference information right at your fingertips. 

Developer: Alade designs
Version (at time of review):
File Size: 1421 KB OS Requirements: BlackBerry OS 2.0 and above
Cost: $0.99 Support:
CF PillPad

PillPad comes in two versions: a Cystic Fibrosis inspired one and the original. The story behind this application comes from the developers own life. His youngest child was diagnosed with CF and keeping track of his medications is an important part of their daily routine.

CF PillPad Medication List

This application was created using the bbUI.js toolkit and features a simple and easy to use interface with native-like capabilities. It allows you to quickly view, access, and input your medications and dosage for each person in your family (unlimited accounts). From the action bar at the bottom simply tap on Add/Edit to to create an inidividual account. Using the form, users can type in what they've been prescribed (up to ten medications), the dosage, and any important notes in the fields shown and press submit to save. 

CF PillPad Web Sources

What I like about this application is the built-in web sources. If there are any questions you may have about the drugs or if you want to research the illness or side effects, there are links to popular medical websites. PillPad also features a calculator to determine dosages (if applicable) and links to the major US, Canadian, and UK pharmacies for help with refills or for ordering right through their website. 

CF PillPad Pharmacies

Additional features are in the works by the developer that will only improve the performance and user interface. The following updates are now available in the latest release: revamped UI/landscape view, doctor information screen, and password protection. The developer is also working on a way to export your medication list into a spreadsheet to email or print for your physician. The only downside is that at this time it does not integrate with the native calendar application to setup reminders or alerts to take your medications.

People with chronic medical conditions like my Mother need a way to effectively adhere to their daily drug regimen. PillPad is customizable (dosages/instructions/patients) and gets the job done. It allows you to input basic information (name, frequency, when to take) to help patients track everything all in one place to put their mind at ease. 

by Alade designs

The Good

  • Easy and intuitive interface
  • Helps patients stick to their drug routine
  • Track multiple individuals and medications
The Bad

  • Lacks calendar application integration
  • Cannot add a picture of the pill in cases where some may look similar

The bottom line

Reliable and simple, if you're looking for a way to track and manage your pills and not rely on your memory I would definitely take a look at PillPad. With this application you won't be struggling to remember what you need to take or when and refilling your prescriptions is only a tap away.


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Reader comments

Manage and track your medications with PillPad for the BlackBerry PlayBook


Wow I cant imagine being so ill you have to have a app to keep track of your pills, but this can be a great app for people with illnesses or the older Playbook users. To bad the Playbook wasnt around when my grannie was alive, she would have loved this.

I remember watching episodes of Star Trek Remastered where Kirk and Spock would be on the bridge and holding what looked like tablet computers. Another thing besides cellphones Star Trek inspired.
Playbook, the one and only

@Alicia thnx for the review. And to let those of you know who are wondering, calendar integration is coming as soon as RIM opens the API's for it. I also plan on adding in a "taken" button so you can track when you took said medication everytime you take it....

Follow me @blkscorp33 to stay up to date on future updates to these apps, also BB10 version coming soon...

Aka: BlackScorpion3/King

How did I know you would be the one...but I have seen screenshot from some peeps with said pharmecuticals listed...but I do not encourage that use.

"PillPad comes in two versions: a Cystic Fibrosis inspired one and the original. The story behind this application comes from the developers own life. His youngest child was diagnosed with CF and keeping track of his medications is an important part of their daily routine."

What is the difference between the two versions?

The difference is really just the colors. Layout is pretty much identical, except the CF version has an additional area explaining the inspiration behind the application. And, wheere to go to learn more about CF.

I am not charging anymore for the CF one than the original, but proceeds from both go to I donate all proceeds from my apps to The CF PillPad also includes a donation link in in the inspiration section if you would like to donate more.