Dads' new app just the tonic for filling scripts more easily
STANDING in a queue with a sick family member at a busy pharmacy was the inspiration for two Brisbane dads to develop an app that makes it easier for people to get the medication they need.
Guy McKenzie and Adam Gilmore said personal experience showed it needed to be easier for older members of the community, including those with limited mobility or who could not drive, to get their medicine.
"In a world where you can get almost everything delivered, including food, groceries and online shopping, it should also be possible to get medicine brought to your door,” Adam said.
"After standing in a long line with a sick person, we saw the acute need for greater convenience when it came to accessing prescription medication.”
The Tonic App allows users to scan a photograph of their script to order prescription medication and over-the-counter items like vitamins, hearing aid batteries and painkillers, and nominate a time and place for the products to be delivered.
For 65-year-old Rod, who lives on Brisbane's northside, the service keeps his medications up to date and on tap. Rod takes a multitude of preventative cardiovascular disease medications, as well as blood pressure medications, and has used Tonic since September 2018.
His scripts are on file and Tonic ensures the medication is ordered and delivered before his supply runs out.
"Pharmacy Guild of Australia stats show 43 per cent of medicine users aged over 50 take five or more medicines, and that's why we've designed the app so seniors can order multiple products at the same time,” Adam said
"It also means those with a vulnerable immune system aren't exposed to a greater risk of infection by having to leave home and wait in line at a pharmacy.”
One of the advantages of the Tonic App is users who have repeats on their scripts can set up automatic delivery, meaning they will never run out of the medication they need.
"The scripts are stored in the app, so you don't have to worry about finding them, and an alert is sent when those repeats are getting low as a reminder to return to the doctor,” Adam said.