These are the best medication reminder apps

Most medication reminder apps for mobile phones lack useful functionality or are of poor quality, reviewers say.

A team led by the George institute for Global Health has reviewed 272 apps designed to improve medication adherence, of which only 6.6% had at least nine of the 17 features they say are desirable.

The median number of features per app was just three, and in more than half of the apps flexible scheduling and medication tracking history were the only two features present.

Other common functions included customisable alert sounds, data exporting/sharing, and languages other than English, which were available in less than third of the apps.

Other desirable features nominated by the reviewers included refill reminders (19.5% of apps), data security (11%), adherence