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New pill bottle cap aims to simplify adherence

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — Remind-A-Cap announced the introduction of a patented pill bottle cap that simplifies adherence for consumers. The device allows individuals to set the next date of medication intake by turning a knob, helping to promote better health outcomes and regulating medication intake, the company said.

“My morning routine when I was going through treatment usually included the dreaded ‘Did I take my pill’ question,” said Nick Ramoundos, founder of Remind-A-Cap. “With everything that a person goes through while undergoing treatment, I didn’t want my life — or anyone’s life — to be at risk over something so controllable.”

Through market research and case studies, the company found a 53% increase in patients who adhered to medication when using the product, according to the company.

“Our goal is clear. We want to promote higher prescription compliance in pursuit of better health outcomes on a large scale,” Ramoundos said.

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PharmaSmart introduces next generation biometric kiosk

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart on Wednesday announced the debut of its next generation biometric kiosk, the Model PS2000 (D)estination, which recently completed a pilot inside Mariano’s, a grocer with 26 stores located in the Chicagoland Metro area. 
 
“PharmaSmart has impressed us in recent years with important innovations in clinical accuracy and Health IT," said George Kowalski, VP pharmacy for Roundy's Supermarkets, parent company of Mariano's. "Because of their track record, we elected to pilot the new PharmaSmart PS2000 (D)estination kiosk inside one of our newest locations," he said. “We see the PharmaSmart kiosk as a unique opportunity for Mariano’s Pharmacists to incorporate validated biometric screening into our workflow as it can positively influence a patient’s therapeutic outcome. This opens up important new clinical opportunities for revenue and empowers our pharmacists to go beyond conventional practice scenarios.”
 
The new kiosk targets hypertension, obesity and diabetes. The device accurately measures left and right arm blood pressure, weight/BMI and is equipped with the option to upload patient glucose data. Patients receive a printed ticket that displays blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI results all in less than three minutes. Patient data also is uploaded to a HIPAA/PIPEDA compliant cloud-server where the data is made available to partner clinical systems, including major pharmacy software systems, physician EMR systems, PHR’s and consumer mobile devices. The kiosk incorporates an interactive multi-media platform, compatibility to loyalty cards, couponing and offers virtual education on hypertension, diabetes and obesity.
 
"Every interaction patients have with a clinically qualified kiosk is an opportunity to drive clinical services," said Ashton Maaraba, PharmaSmart's COO. "To convert this opportunity pharmacies need an easy-to-use, reliable kiosk supported by clinically validated, peer-0reviewed science. The entire process must be integrated into pharmacist workflow. Our product manufacturing, Health IT and PS DataSmart data mining platform is earning the support of payers, providers and big pharma."
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SC Johnson announces voluntary recall of insect repellent product

BY DSN STAFF

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson last week announced a voluntary recall of its Off! Botanicals Insect Repellent in a clear plastic bottle, which was manufactured between December 2011 and April 2014.

The recall is due to a packaging issue that could impact some containers of the insect repellent, the company stated. The issue doesn't affect proper use of the product, but it could allow the sprayer of the product to be removed from the bottle more easily than intended. In the event that a consumer could remove the sprayer from the bottle and drink the contents, the liquid could be harmful if swallowed.

The company said it received no reports that consumers have removed the sprayer or of any injuries. But because the packaging doesn't meet SC Johnson's high standards, a product recall was initiated.

Consumers will be given eithera face-value product coupon or a refund. The recall applies only to Off! Botanicals Insect Repellent I (4-oz. spritz bottle) and not to Off! Botanicals Lotion, Off! Botanicals Towelettes or any other Off! product.

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