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PharmaSmart introduces MTM, blood pressure database applications

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart unveiled its new medication therapy management software at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference in Boston, the blood-pressure monitor manufacturer said.

BPT-Rx integrates into the pharmacy software system and links blood pressure results collected from PharmaSmart monitors directly to an enrolled patient’s electronic profile. The software supports improved patient enrollment and targeted patient intervention based on established clinical guidelines, all without interrupting core pharmacy workflow. Pharmacists using the software can receive qualified payer reimbursement by submitting outcome-based reports.

"PharmaSmart is in tune with today’s retail pharmacist and the patient delivery system," CEO Fred Sarkis said. "As pharmacy looks to MTM reimbursement as a core ROI objective, our technology is designed to specifically meet the challenges of patient recruitment, pharmacist workflow and payer reimbursement. For over 10 years, the industry has observed attempts to deploy multibiometric, media-focused devices into retail pharmacy. Such deployments have not been effective in driving clinical programs or pharmacy services revenue. We have demonstrated that program success hinges on a high-validity, low-complexity kiosk and a high degree of workflow integration to sustain pharmacist execution and program scalability."

The company also demonstrated the PS DataSmart database and analytics engine, which currently houses more than 12 million patient blood-pressure readings from across North America. PS DataSmart Analytics provides clients with direct, transparent access to program metrics and allows them to track by-store and by-day usage, program enrollment rates, hypertension rates and trends and other metrics, such as cholesterol, diabetes and body mass index, to validate the program and guide MTM strategies. The analytics tool validates program growth and helps maximize resource management efficiency.

"Historically, [blood-pressure] kiosks have been positioned as advertising vehicles, and not chronic disease management support tools," PharmaSmart COO Ashton Maaraba said. "It’s challenging to drive pharmacist engagement in a program that is engineered to maximize advertising revenue. Traditional self-care kiosk programs supported by OTC marketing dollars offer limited returns and fail to address the current pharmacy services imperatives. Under the current environment, pharmacy retailers are looking to drive new, scalable ROI opportunities through pharmacy services, MTM and effective patient-care initiatives."

PharmaSmart serves more than 6,000 locations across the country, including such pharmacy retailers as Walmart Canada, Safeway Canada, Coborn’s, Loblaw’s, Roundy’s, Smart Med Rx, Leader, Good Neighbor, Le Groupe Jean Coutu, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall/Katz Group, Zellers, Sobey’s, Lawton’s, Astrup Drug, Winn Dixie, Big Y Foods and others.

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McKesson Specialty Health unveils Onmark Select Program for community-based oncologists

BY Allison Cerra

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — McKesson Specialty Health has introduced a new program that is designed to help independent, community-based oncology practices grow and deliver high-quality care to patients.

The Onmark Select Program, delivered through McKesson Specialty Health’s solutions for oncology, provides independent community-based oncology practices with the capability to advance the science, technology and quality of care through customizable services. Those enrolled in the program "benefit from the McKesson Specialty Health’s expertise and leadership in such areas as advanced technology, business and operational support and clinical support," McKesson Specialty Health said.

"Through a flexible range of services, the Onmark Select Program helps practices gain purchasing efficiencies, grow patient volumes, optimize revenue and enhance productivity so community oncologists can focus on what they do best: provide advanced, high-quality care to patients fighting cancer," McKesson Specialty Health president Mark Walchirk said. "Our innovative clinical and business capabilities and our advanced, integrated technology strengthen community-based practices. Through our unmatched breadth and depth of services and expertise, we offer community oncology practices a competitive advantage in challenging times."

For more details on the Onmark Select Program and its offerings, click here.

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Cardinal Health Foundation develops new guidelines for medication disposal days

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health announced that the Cardinal Health Foundation has developed new guidelines that are designed to help pharmacists and healthcare professionals understand the steps involved in hosting medication disposal days.

The new guidelines, which can be found at CardinalHealth.com/GenerationRx, include information on how to contact local partners, obtain necessary permits and drive participation in medication disposal days. They also include tips on optimal timing and locations for these events, a list of needed supplies, and follow-up steps for how to share the results.

Cardinal Health — in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, local law enforcement, community partners and a large central Ohio health system — has cosponsored several medication take-back events near its headquarters in central Ohio. Combined, these medication disposal days successfully have collected and destroyed nearly 4,000 lbs. of unused and expired medications, Cardinal Health Foundation said.

Prescription drug abuse is the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States and the leading cause of accidental death in 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, Cardinal Health said.

“We’ve received a great response to our medication disposal days, and many of our retail pharmacy customers, in particular, have long been interested in tools that can help them understand how to host these sometimes complex events in their own communities,” Cardinal Health SVP retail independent sales Steve Lawrence said. “We hope our new guidelines will encourage more pharmacists and health care providers to work with the DEA and local law enforcement to provide their communities with safe ways to dispose of medications.”

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