Need it? Make it! West Seattle woman creates ‘Pill Holder’

An Admiral resident created something she hopes will help people who, like her, need to carry medication around all the time, but would like to have it in something a little more stylish than the typical plastic box. Chris Boerner contacted WSB to share the story of her creation, called, simply enough, the Pill Holder. She explains why:

I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Myasthenia Gravis, 18 years ago. I’m lucky enough to be doing really well, but I have to have my medicine with me all the time. Most of the portable pill containers out there aren’t the greatest quality, and they definitely aren’t beautiful. I use my Pill Holder more than almost anything in my daily life, and I want it to be functional and gorgeous! I’m looking forward to bringing that combination to other people who need their pills with them too.

The Pill Holder is made in the USA from stainless steel and comes in two widths, both about 2″ long, both ready to attach to a keychain; right now, she’s selling them online only. They’re also intended to help raise money to eradicate the reasons they’re needed – Boerner says she is setting aside five percent of the Pill Holder’s sales price to donate to researchers working on autoimmune diseases, which she notes affect 16 million people.

25 Replies to "Need it? Make it! West Seattle woman creates 'Pill Holder'"

  • WSLisa July 22, 2013 (10:42 pm)

    Very cool!

  • King Robert July 22, 2013 (10:45 pm)


  • Vanessa July 22, 2013 (10:57 pm)

    Glad to repost your information on Facebook. Way to go West Seattlite, Chris! Congratulations and best of luck with sales.

  • AlkiMom2.0 July 22, 2013 (11:09 pm)

    Sleek and chic. Just ordered one!

  • Adam July 23, 2013 (12:23 am)

    I don’t think this article should use the word “invention”. Cylindrical metal pill holders have been around for a while, and were not invented by Chris Boerner. Her website makes no claims of this, and this article makes it sound a lot more innovative than it is.
    They do seem to be nice pill holders, but it’s not an invention, just a local business with a made-in-the-USA product.
    Here’s a USA-made stainless pill fob that’s been around for at least 6 years:

    • WSB July 23, 2013 (1:59 am)

      Yeah, Adam, I think you are right, “creation” is a better word. Have edited. P.S. Looks like that particular product has had its ups and downs and doesn’t seem to be available currently.

  • TypoWS July 23, 2013 (1:33 am)

    Fabulous to have a nicely designed, hometown version. Do you have any plans to make a larger one? It couldn’t be viable as a fob, but I’d happily trade this material for the plastic, multi-compartment ones that I’ve seen.

    And bravo! For giving back.

  • Maggie July 23, 2013 (4:32 am)

    We call them bison tubes! Super handy little containers. They are old school pill containers (we geocachers use them as containers to hide). Bison tube Google search:

  • Christine Boerner July 23, 2013 (7:39 am)

    Thanks so much for all of the kind words everyone (and for the purchases!), I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am!!

    @TypoWS, I am currently in the process of designing an entire new line-up of portable ones, and I hope to see enough momentum to also tackle the plastic ones that most of us have to use at home.

    Thanks again for the support!!

  • Chris W July 23, 2013 (7:45 am)

    I’m one of those 16 million. Thanks for your donations to research, Chris!

  • M July 23, 2013 (8:39 am)

    Great product, and as the new owner of a heart stint I need to order one but I’m having trouble placing my order after I go into the mycart. Hopefully it’s because there is so much traffic and I will try later!

  • Christine Boerner July 23, 2013 (9:33 am)

    I just got an amazing suggestion from a customer – she asked if I could deliver it to her and waive the shipping since we’re all in WS!

    I’d LOVE to connect with all of you, so….I added a code to the site SEATTLESHIP that will waive shipping charges.

    If you can meet me in the Admiral area, I’ll email to you to work out logistics once you place your order. Thanks for the great idea Zoe!

  • Christine Boerner July 23, 2013 (9:35 am)

    @M – Oh no, that’s terrible! If anyone’s having difficulty with the site, please call me at (206) 437-3153 and I’ll process your order manually for you.

    Also, if you can share the details of what browser you’re using, I’ll get on it with my tech team ASAP. Thank you for letting me know, and I really hope to hear from you!

  • Jtk July 23, 2013 (10:16 am)

    Is it completely water tight?

  • Christine Boerner July 23, 2013 (10:56 am)

    @JTK – It is completely water tight. My medicine is EXTREMELY sensitive to moisture even in the air, and the difference between when I use this and carrying my pills in a plastic bag is unbelievable!

  • Lil July 23, 2013 (11:10 am)

    These are great! I actually don’t have medicine I have to take BUT I would like to be better about taking my multivitamins. AND I need a key fob anyway, so this is perfect! Will be ordering one of each. Thanks!

  • Lil July 23, 2013 (11:14 am)

    Nice site and really easy ordering process too. Can’t wait.

  • tt July 23, 2013 (12:00 pm)

    oh my gosh, SO cool. although, website not properly functioning, and the WS ship option is not listed. Can you have a pop-up shop so we can buy one locally??

  • Michelle July 23, 2013 (3:55 pm)

    Nice job, Chris! :) I wish you the best.

  • Christine Boerner July 23, 2013 (4:38 pm)

    @tt – Trouble with the site?? Oh no! You can call me at (206) 437-3153 and I will process the order for you and then I’ll bring it to you in WS. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  • Mark July 23, 2013 (5:12 pm)

    I have the single chamber pill holder and I love it! It’s water tight and fits perfectly with my active lifestyle. Thanks Chris and best of luck!

  • Kels July 23, 2013 (5:18 pm)

    I need to always have an Advil handy for my pericarditis — this sure beats hauling the whole container around. Plus I’ll never forget it when I leave the house.

    Perhaps I’ll stash a mint in there as well for social emergencies.

  • Christine Boerner July 23, 2013 (9:15 pm)

    Good call Kels, I should put some mints in mine too! Briliant! :) Hope you have the chance to order one!

  • Pibal July 23, 2013 (10:04 pm)

    I’m glad to see a product like this exists. It serves a significant purpose, supports important research, is headquartered locally by a motivated entrepreneur, and is quite functional, convenient, and stylish. I am blessed that I currently do not require immediately available medication.

    On the other hand, if I learn this device will keep chocolate-covered raisins from melting, I’m in! ; >)

    Congratulations and good luck!

  • Christine Boerner July 24, 2013 (6:00 am)

    Thank you so much for the support Pibal! :) I really appreciate it!

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