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The new Accutab Personal Pillbox turns a smart watch into a medication adherence tool

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

BOSTON — Boston-based e-pill Medication Reminders is releasing a pill box for smart watches.

The Accutab Personal Pillbox turns a smart watch into a practical medication adherence tool. Organize all medications weekly, store them in your Accutab and use a smart watch to remind you to take your medications.

This pill box was designed by an arthritis patient, and its simple operation makes it a practical tool for persons of all ages taking multiple medications and/or taking lots of medicines or supplements.

The Accutab Personal Pillbox is a semi-automatic pill dispenser for one person and can be mounted under or inside a kitchen cabinet. Accutab can dispense all your meds up to three per day. It is easy to dispense medications even for patients with arthritis, simply move the red lever from left to right to dispense all your pills in a medicine cup or into your hand.

Accutab works with all smart watches. You may use the Apple Watch's daily alarm function or use the Web MD medication reminder function (included with the Apple Watch) to schedule daily pill reminders. Notifications will include images of the medication, the amount to take, and when to take it. Users will be prompted to log whether they've taken or skipped a dose; alternately, they can hit a 15-minute snooze button or dismiss a notification entirely.

 

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Sandoz launches generic Fusilev

BY Ryan Chavis

 

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz on Friday announced the launch of levoleucovorin injection ready-to-use single use vial, a generic version of Fusilev, which is marketed by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. 

According to Sandoz, the drug is indicated for “rescue use after high-dose methotrexate therapy in bone cancer; diminishing the toxicity and counteracting the effects of impaired methotrexate elimination and of inadvertent over dosage of folic acid antagonists.”

"Sandoz is pleased to expand our high-quality portfolio of oncology injectables with this product launch,” said Peter Goldschmidt, president of Sandoz. “Generics, which offer the same quality and efficacy as branded pharmaceuticals, play an important role in increasing access while providing significant cost savings to payers, patients and healthcare systems.”

U.S. sales for levoleucovorin totaled $185 million for the 12 months ending February 2015, according to IMS Health data. 

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Publix Pharmacy celebrates major milestone

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix announced that its pharmacies leaped past a major milestone this month, filling more than 50 million free prescriptions for its customers in the past eight years. 
 
The Publix Pharmacy started its free antibiotic program in 2007, and continues to make improvements based on research and need, Publix stated. The company’s prescription program addresses such health issues as diabetes and high blood pressure, providing medications to customers at no cost. According to Publix, the medications include:
 
  • Amlodipine, used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina);
  • Metformin, used to treat diabetes; and
  • Lisinopril, used to prevent, treat, or improve symptoms of high blood pressure, certain heart conditions, diabetes, and certain chronic kidney conditions.
The program also provides the following antibiotics: Amoxicillin, ampicillin, ciprofloxacin (excluding ciprofloxacin XR), penicillin VK, and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim.
 
“We’re thrilled to have helped so many customers with free antibiotic prescriptions, diabetes management and medication adherence as well as overcoming the financial barrier to taking their medications as prescribed,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “We’ve continued to enhance our free prescription program to allow our customers to focus on family health and achieving their wellness goals.”
 
In order for customers to take advantage of the program, they need to provide a Publix pharmacist with their prescription for one of the free medications or have their prescription transferred and it will be filled at no cost. Publix doesn’t place a limit on the number of free prescriptions that customers need filled. Publix also said it encourages customers to utilize Sync Your Refills, a program that assists with synchronizations of medications to be refilled on the same day of the month. 

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