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McKesson pilots adherence performance solution for pharmacies

BY Antoinette Alexander

PITTSBURGH — McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation has launched a pilot program to test its Adherence Performance reporting solution and provide pharmacies with an adherence rating similar to the CMS Star Ratings provided to health plans.

This rating can help pharmacies understand their adherence rating by organizing pharmacy management system data and giving pharmacies succinct information on target patients who should be included in an adherence program.

“Our Adherence Performance reporting solution helps each pharmacy focus on a group of specific patients whose medication adherence behavior has the most negative impact on the pharmacy’s adherence rating,” said Emilie Ray, president, MPS&A. “Rather than leaving our pharmacies to sift through charts and spreadsheets generated from other reports, we’ve created a real-time set of reports to give pharmacists the information they need to take swift action with specific patients.”

The new adherence solution from MPS&A also provides pharmacies with the following reports:

  • Dashboard summary: Shows the organization’s overall adherence rating for all locations along with benchmarking data showing how the organization compares to the rest of its market. This summary also shows the organization’s adherence rating trend over time;
  • Adherence ratings by pharmacy location: Pharmacies can understand which locations have higher and/or lower ratings to target improvement plans by location;
  • Adherent patient target number: Specifies how many additional patients need to be adherent to increase rating;
  • Adherence rating by plan: Report for pharmacies to share with plans to show their current adherence rating and improvement over time;
  • Target patient list: Summary list of patients to target for an adherence program; and
  • Patient group summary: Report by patient group set up in the pharmacy management system.

The Adherence Performance solution is the second offering from the MPS&A Informatics Program that focuses on providing pharmacies with actionable data. The first solution was released to large chain and outpatient pharmacies in 2013 and focuses on business optimization. These reports focus on operations analysis and highlight actions pharmacies can take to increase efficiency and drive down the cost of business.
 
“Within a few months of introducing our Business Optimization reports, we helped some customers increase their central fill pull through rates to save thousands of dollars per month on inventory costs. We also pinpointed areas for efficiency improvement during dispensing that helped a customer reduce wait times by 38%,” Ray said. “Based on these results, we’re confident that our Adherence Performance reports will bring results for our customers too.”

The MPS&A pilot program will test the Adherence Performance solution in three different pharmacy settings: large chain, outpatient and small independent. Once the pilot is complete, the solution will be made generally available to MPS&A customers. MPS&A also plans to release its Business Optimization reports to the small independent market in the coming months.

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Walgreens, Vitamin Angels to provide at-risk children and mothers with essential vitamins and minerals

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As part of its purpose to help people get, stay and live well, Walgreens is extending its exclusive relationship with Vitamin Angels to help provide 100 million children and mothers in at-risk populations with essential vitamins and minerals. Through 2017, Walgreens and its vitamin brand partners will donate 1% of retail sales from vitamin purchases of participating brands.

Based on the success of Walgreens last campaign to support Vitamin Angels, which to date has raised $5.5 million and reached more than 21 million children, the non-profit organization plans to use the forthcoming funds to work with partners in 46 countries, including the United States and Canada, to help prevent nutrient deficiency by providing vitamins.

“We are proud to support Vitamin Angels in its journey to provide life-changing vitamins and minerals,” said Robert Tompkins, group VP, health and wellness, at Walgreens. “The impact that Walgreens and its customers can make to help minimize ailments related to the lack of essential nutrients, will improve millions of peoples’ lives.”
 

 

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Moraz skin care line launches in U.S.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Moraz, a cosmetic and skin care line, is launching its products in the U.S. market for the first time.

The Israel-based company offers herbal skin care remedies that are designed to help to solve some of the toughest conditions while protecting and nourishing the skin.

“After much success in consumer markets worldwide, we are thrilled to take this major step forward and make our products available to customers across the United States,” said Yaniv Shapira, VP International Sales at Moraz. “Now, more than ever, people are very concerned with the types of products they use on their skin, and for good reason. We are providing a robust line of skin care and cosmetics solutions that are natural, safe and truly effective.”

Moraz uses 15 plants native to Israel in its product line, mainly polygonum. Moraz grows polygonum in the Galilee region in traditional and organic methods and uses a unique manufacturing process to effectively leverage the natural power of the plant. Polygonum grown in this area of the world has ideal biochemical properties, and is therefore rich in vitamins, natural acids and organic elements, the company stated.

As it launches its products across the United States, Moraz is offering its Para Medical line, which includes various skin care products based on medical herbs to help treat issues like dry palms and feet, wounds, burns, blisters, mosquito bites, sun born, redness, chapped lips, acne, fungus and more. Moraz products are especially recommended for sensitive, irritated and damaged skin.

Moraz also has developed products suited for family care for pregnant women and babies. The pregnancy line helps rehabilitate and nourish the skin during pregnancy and after birth, improving elasticity and healing damaged skin. And the baby line includes baby shampoo, baby soapless soap and baby skin diaper rash cream.

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