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CVS/pharmacy now offers visually impaired patients ‘talking’ Rx labels through CVS.com

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is now providing ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy, the company has announced.

The ScripTalk labels provide a safe and convenient way to access information on prescription labels for individuals who cannot read standard print. The ScripTalk labels are free to CVS.com pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired. Customers also can obtain a free ScripTalk reader from Envision America that will enable them to listen to the information on the ScripTalk label.

"We are pleased to offer the ScripTalk service to our online pharmacy customers who are visually impaired," stated Josh Flum, SVP retail pharmacy at CVS Caremark. "Enhancing access to important information about prescriptions is in keeping with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

Tuesday’s announcement is the result of collaboration between CVS/pharmacy, the American Foundation for the Blind, American Council of the Blind and California Council of the Blind.

 

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Avella Specialty Pharmacy registers with FDA as outsourcing facility for sterile compounding

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Tuesday announced that it has registered with the Food and Drug Administration as an outsourcing facility for sterile compounding as outlined in the recently enacted Drug Quality and Security Act. Outsource facilities must consent to greater federal oversight including more frequent inspections and are required to demonstrate their adherence to specific “good manufacturing practices,” Avella noted. 

The new registration program was created to help healthcare providers, such as physicians and hospitals, identify a compounding pharmacy partner that meets high standards around quality control and patient safety.

“Avella has always welcomed new opportunities to illustrate the safety, efficacy and quality of our products,” stated Rebecca Shanahan, CEO of Avella. “We are excited to see that the FDA is looking to recognize facilities that have a commitment to excellence in these areas.”

 

 

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NeoStrata introduces Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream

BY Antoinette Alexander

PRINCETON, N.J. — NeoStrata has announced the introduction of its new Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream, which is available exclusively through physician offices.

The new anti-aging formula is being unveiled at the 2014 American Academy of Dermatology winter academy meeting this week in Denver.

Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is formulated with a blend of NeoStrata proprietary and other selectively sourced ingredients. According to the company, NeoGlucosamine helps increase hyaluronic acid and evens pigment, while NeoCitriate targets new collagen to lift and firm. Pro-amino acid increases pro-collagen to help diminish wrinkles. In addition, Swiss apple stem cell extract helps protect the longevity of skin’s essential cells, helping older cells behave like those in younger skin.

 

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