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PharmaSmart kiosks recommended to practitioners by hypertension experts

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y.  — National leaders in hypertension have acknowledged PharmaSmart as the only blood pressure kiosk solution that can be “recommended by physicians” for patient monitoring, the company announced Thursday. The scientific peer-reviewed statement, published this month in the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, is an evidence-based summary of the issues surrounding public-use blood pressure kiosk accuracy. 
 
"There are two major issues concerning many of the currently available kiosks," noted lead researcher Bruce Alpert, associated with the division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center. "First, many appear to lack proper validation testing required to ensure accuracy. Second, the BP cuff incorporated into most devices is too small for about 50% of the U.S. adult populations, and an even higher percentage of hypertensive U.S. adults. Concerned physicians and scientists are working with the FDA to correct the issues," he wrote. "Fortunately, there is one currently available kiosk that has successfully addressed both points and can be recommended by physicians for their patients and for purchase to be placed in public sites."
 
“Neighborhood pharmacy and pharamcists' are playing an increasingly important role in the delivery of primary care services, and specifically in the prevention and management of certain chronic diseases," said Warren Jeffery, Rexall COO. "Rexall has deployed PharmaSmart’s Blood Pressure management program into the majority of our stores, which has enabled access for our pharmacists to patient blood pressure results and to better manage patient care.”
 
“PharmaSmart and Bartell Drugs have teamed up to drive collaborative care projects with prominent physician networks throughout Greater Seattle," said Billy Chow, director pharmacy services and clinical programs for Bartell Drugs. "These projects would not be possible without PharmaSmart’s strong clinical evidence and industry leading health IT platform.”
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UPS announces plans to expand home-package deliveries

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ATLANTA — United Parcel Service said it will expand UPS My Choice and the UPS Access Point network, two of the company’s services that work together to provide online shoppers and global retailers with new personalized solutions to manage residential package deliveries.
 
UPS My Choice, the customizable online and mobile service where consumers choose delivery preferences and more, will now be available to consumers in 15 additional countries throughout North America and Europe. The service was introduced in the United States in 2011.
 
The UPS Access Point network, with the broadest integrated cross-border footprint in Europe, is now available in New York City and Chicago and will expand rapidly to cover all major U.S. metropolitan markets during 2015. The UPS My Choice and UPS Access Point combined service will also be available in Poland, Italy, Canada and Mexico later this month.
 
The company stated that more than 10 million U.S. consumers already use UPS My Choice to plan for their deliveries when and where it is convenient for them.
 
The company said that Consumers in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will be able to sign up for the free service at ups.com/mychoice.
 
UPS My Choice members receive advance delivery notifications informing them of the delivery timing of each UPS package. Consumers also have the ability to reroute eligible packages to another address or reschedule deliveries for a future date before a UPS driver makes a delivery. Consumers can also activate a vacation setting to have packages held and delivered when they return home.
 
In addition, the company stated that UPS My Choice members will have the ability to send qualifying shipments directly to a UPS Access Point location as their preferred delivery address. These local businesses, primarily The UPS Store locations, as well as convenience, drug and electronic stores with evening and weekend hours, fit a consumer's busy lifestyle. Consumers can also drop off pre-labeled and prepaid packages at a UPS Access Point location during the store's hours.
 
There are nearly 300 UPS Access Point locations in New York City and Chicago with more locations being added each week. As part of the UPS Access Point network, UPS is installing self-service smart lockers in metropolitan Chicago.
 
In January 2015, the company plans to add all 4,400 The UPS Store locations throughout the U.S. to the UPS Access Point network.
 
Currently, there are more than 12,000 UPS Access Point locations in seven European countries. UPS expects to have 20,000 locations in key markets throughout Europe and the Americas by the end of 2015.
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Recently amended NABP Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules now available

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The recently amended NABP Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy are now available to assist the state boards of pharmacy in developing state laws or board rules in their efforts to protect the public health, NABP posted on its website Wednesday. 
 
The Model Act was revised to add clarifying information on resident and nonresident pharmacy licensure standards and pharmacy inspections, and to recommend that boards should be provided with a report of any inspection of their licensees. 
 
In recognition of the fact that many pharmacy benefit managers design the clinical programs for their associated mail-order and/or network pharmacies, direction and design of clinical pharmacies was added to the list of activities that may constitute the practice of pharmacy by PBMs. 
 
Language also was revised to address 5% rules to avoid conflict with Drug Enforcement Administration controlled substance regulations. The Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation noted that previous Model Act language limited the amount of product that a pharmacy can transfer to another pharmacy to 5% of its total sales volume. DEA regulations limit the transfer of controlled substances between DEA registrants to 5% of dosage units dispensed. Accordingly, the Model Act reliant on sales volume was amended stating, "providing that such transfers are compliant with federal law."
 
A full summary of the changes can be found in the September 2014 issue of the NABP Newsletter
 
The Model Act is available for download from the members section of the NABP website
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