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Pharmacy Advantage introduces mobile device application

BY Michael Johnsen

TROY, Mich. — Pharmacy Advantage on Tuesday launched its mobile device application, Pharm Adv, powered by mscripts. This pharmacy solution is intended to improve patient access and convenience in obtaining prescribed medications. Utilization of this program will allow patients to scan/refill prescriptions, receive date shipped notification, be given dosage reminders and access an overview of their medication records.  
 
Non-smartphone users will have an option to receive text messages, alerting them to drug therapy updates/status to avoid being excluded from the benefits this service affords.  
 
“We view mscripts mobile application as an opportunity for patients to take on a more engaged role in their treatment and medication needs,” stated Daniel Kus, VP Pharmacy Advantage Specialty Pharmacy. “Collaborative therapy management and employment of technological resources is the future of healthcare. This program encompasses the best of these two worlds.”
 
The new app Pharm Adv and its website operate on a secure network created by mscripts. 
 
As a result of the combined faculties between McKesson’s EnterpriseRx pharmacy management system and mscripts, Pharmacy Advantage can extend a variety of mobile communication pathways to its customers. The easy-to-use application is available to download through Apple iTunes or the Android Market at no charge.
 
“As a leader in medication therapy management programs, Pharmacy Advantage is uniquely able to influence healthier outcomes for their patients through the use of mobile technology,” said Mark Cullen, CEO of mscripts. “The partnership between clinical support, pharmacy operations and electronic data networks lead to significant improvements in medication adherence resulting in drastically decreased adverse effects/unnecessary hospitalizations in the patient population.”
 
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Libertas introduces new multivitamin

BY David Salazar

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Generics company Libertas Pharma this summer has rolled out a new multivitamin intended for patients with malabsorption. The new Libertas ABDEK vitamins contain a mixture of vitamins A, B, D, E and K, as well as zinc.

The vitamins come in three varieties: chewable tabs, drops for children and a softgel. The chewables and softgels come in bottles of 60, and the drops are sold in bottles of 60 ml. The vitamins can assist those with cystic fibrosis by combining vitamins that are soluble and water to boost absorption in patients.

The Libertas ABDEK vitamins can be purchased from drug wholesalers and online.  

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Bartell Drugs preps for upcoming flu season with vaccination program

BY Ryan Chavis

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs on Monday announced the launch of a seasonal flu vaccination program, which offers in-store vaccinations at 63 Bartell Drug locations, as well as an off-site flu clinic program that serves area businesses and retirement communities.

Flu shots are available at any time, with no appointment necessary. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three flu viruses, the company said. Bartell Drugs offers quadrivalent vaccine, which provides protection against an added fourth virus.

The vaccine also is available as a FluMist nasal spray option. Fluzone High-Dose is offered specifically for patients ages 65 years and older. This option contains a higher amount of antigen than regulat flu shots, which creates a better immune response, the company stated.

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