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PillPack introduces latest pharmacy disruptor: Mobile medicine reminder

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON — PillPack on Thursday introduced its Medication Reminders mobile app for iPhone and Apple Watch. According to the full-service pharmacy operation, its the first health app of its kind to automatically import a customer's current medication list regardless of which pharmacy they currently use, and use geo-tracking sensors to create custom reminders based on location, activity or time to more naturally fit with people's daily routine.
 
"The best solution to adherence is simplicity, and the PillPack design tackles this challenge physically with our dispenser and individual pre-sorted packs," stated TJ Parker, CEO of PillPack. "Our goal with the app is to further simplify and re-imagine the medication management experience digitally so we can help folks with their medications, whether they're our customer or not, and regardless of the number of medications they take."
 
The PillPack app features:
 
  • Automatic Med List Import — Rather than type each prescription medication into a phone or upload photos of pill bottles, folks can easily import their medication using PillPack's proprietary methodology with just their name, address, date of birth, and the last four -digits of their Social Security number;
  • Context-Aware Reminders — Utilizing all of the sensors available on the iPhone, users can create custom reminders based on context-specific conditions (e.g. alert me when I arrive at work) that are more intuitive to daily habits than the basic functions of an alarm clock;
  • Smart Gestures — Inspired by the functionality and design of gestures used in e-mail management apps, users can archive medication reminders upon completion or reschedule their alerts if busy with a swipe of a finger; and
  • Apple Watch Functionality — PillPack offers a WatchKit extension to enable a less intrusive med reminder experience at a glance of the wrist.
"Many apps attempt to provide an all-encompassing healthcare solution but fail to truly improve people's daily lives," said Elliot Cohen, chief technology officer of PillPack. "The PillPack Medication Reminders app is designed to excel at one thing: helping people remember to take their medications by leveraging the capabilities of the iPhone and Apple Watch, and making reminders fit their lifestyle rather than the other way around."
 
The PillPack iOS app is available for free download in English and users can download the application from the Apple App Store.
 
PillPack is a full-service pharmacy designed to simplify the process of managing multiple medications through a combination of convenient packaging, technology, and personalized service. PillPack ships a personalized roll of pre-sorted medications, including prescriptions,  vitamins and OTCs,  in individual packs, and the company manages refills for customers by proactively coordinating with physicians and insurance providers.
 
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Mylan launches first Targretin generic

BY David Salazar

PITTSBURGH — Mylan announced Thursday that it had launched its generic version of Valeant’s Targretin (bexarotene) 75-mg capsules. The medication, which IMS Health says generated $155.5 million in sales in the 12 months ending March 31, is intended to treat patients with cutaneous t-cell lymphoma and who are refractory to at least one prior systemic therapy.

“Mylan's launch of the first and only generic Targretin is another example of our commitment to expand access to high quality, more affordable medicines,” Mylan CEO Heather Bresch said. “The launch also strengthens Mylan's growing oncology franchise of more than 30 approved oncology treatments, and associated supportive care and diagnostic products in the U.S. We look forward to continue meeting patient, payor and provider needs in this space.”

Mylan currently has 270 ANDAs waiting for FDA approval, 47 of which are firt-to-file opportunities. 

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(Giving) Back to school: Cardinal Health shows commitment to pharmacy education with additional $1 million scholarship fund

BY Antoinette Alexander

Pictured above: 2014 participants of the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program

LAS VEGAS — As part of its continued commitment to the practice of pharmacy and the future of the profession, Cardinal Health this year will award a total of more than $1 million to 10 pharmacy schools across the country through its Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program.

“We understand the impact independent pharmacists have on their communities, and the significant role they play in providing cost-effective care that improves patients’ health,” said Jon Giacomin, CEO Cardinal Health's Pharmaceutical segment. “Supporting future community pharmacy leaders through this scholarship program is an honor, and we continue to be inspired by the next generation of innovative, patient-focused pharmacy owners as they begin serving their communities.”

In addition, all scholarship recipients receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a pharmacy ownership workshop at the University of South Carolina. Cardinal Health provides the funds to the schools, which, in turn, select the students. The scholarships are intended for fourth and fifth year pharmacy students who have demonstrated an interest in independent pharmacy through their coursework, extracurricular activities and residencies.

The schools selected to participate in the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program were chosen based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. All of the schools offer curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy, support student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association, endorse internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies and demonstrate high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings.

This year’s winning Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program schools include:

Lipscomb University, Nashville

North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.

Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio

• Samford University, Birmingham, Ala.

South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.

• Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.

Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif.

Wingate University, Wingate, N.C.

In the last four years, Cardinal Health has donated a total of more than $5 million to 28 universities through the program.

Drug Store News will be covering all the action at Cardinal Health RBC 2015 in a series of exclusive daily editions, in both print and digital formats. To keep up with all of the highlights, visit DrugStoreNews.com/Cardinal-Health-RBC or follow #RBCWin on Twitter.

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