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PrescribeWellness, APCI launch platform to empower performance networks

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

BESSEMER, Ala. — American Pharmacy Cooperative, a member-owned group purchasing organization comprising more than 1,300 independent pharmacies, has expanded its partnership with PrescribeWellness to launch a community pharmacy consolidated platform.

The new PRO Wellness consolidated platform provides APCI’s Managed Care members of American Pharmacy Network Services the tools they need to become top performers in every one of the quality measurements.

APCI and PrescribeWellness, a SaaS company with a cloud-based platform that delivers patient communications and related services to community pharmacists, will kick off their partnership and demonstrate the new APCI PRO Wellness dashboard at the National Community Pharmacy Association’s 116th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held Oct. 18 to 22 in Austin, Texas.

“Our expanded partnership with PrescribeWellness allows us to provide our Managed Care members of APNS the tools they need to become top performers in every one of the quality measurements,” stated Susan Maze, APCI COO. “The platform will also give us the insights we need to work with our members to achieve excellent ratings and report our success as a performance network.”

The technology from PrescribeWellness and the new PRO Wellness dashboard will provide all APCI Managed Care members the ability to improve Star Ratings, adherence, chronic disease management, and all key preventive health care measures. It will also allow for segmentation of performance by diagnosis group, PBM, and payer to identify high performance areas and target those in need of improvement.

PRO Wellness will allow for the seamless integration of data from the APCI’s Pharmacy Retail Operations financial dashboard combined with PrescribeWellness’ Star Ratings technologies making the new platform a single source hybrid of clinical and financial resources.

“The PRO Wellness platform is the foundation to expand the role of pharmacy in America and will serve as a key enabler to pharmacists providing preventive health care services,” stated Tony Thuyen, PrescribeWellness co-founder. “APCI wants to be able to evaluate their members’ ratings and other patient engagement metrics in aggregate so that they can better position themselves as a performance network. PRO Wellness will allow them to do that.”
 

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SC Johnson will provide product-specific fragrance ingredients

BY Vivian Gomez

RACINE, Wis. — Expanding on its voluntary ingredient disclosure program, SC Johnson will begin disclosing air care fragrance ingredients present at the highest concentrations down to .09% of the product formula. The number of fragrance ingredients disclosed will vary by product but, on average, consumers should expect to find a range of 10 to 50 fragrance ingredients. Consumers will be able to access this information on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com or by calling the SC Johnson consumer product helpline.
 
The consumer packaged goods company will begin to disclose product-specific fragrance ingredients in its air care products — including sprays, candles, oils and gels — initially in the U.S. and Canada, followed by Europe. The program will then expand into other SC Johnson product categories, including home cleaning. For those product categories outside of air care, where fewer fragrance ingredients are used, SC Johnson will list fragrance ingredients present at a concentration of more than .09% in the final product or the top 10 fragrance ingredients, whichever provides the most information for consumers. The company said that additional fragrance ingredients found in its products that are not disclosed are present at extremely low concentrations and will continue to be available via its online palette of fragrance ingredients.
 
SC Johnson brands include Glade, Kiwi, Off!, Pledge, Raid, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Windex and Ziploc in the US, and Autan, Tana, Bama, Baygon, Brise, Kabikiller, Klear, Mr Muscle and Ridsect outside the US.
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Purdue Pharma launches new dosage of Butrans

BY Ryan Chavis

STAMFORD, Conn. — Purdue Pharma on Thursday announced the launch of a new dosage strength of 7.5 mcg/hour for its Butrans (buprenorphine) transdermal system CIII, bringing the total number of strengths offered by the company to five.
 
Butrans — a schedule III extended-release opioid — is the first transdermal system that delivers seven days of buprenorphine, according to the company. It may be called into the pharmacy, and refills may be given up to five times over the a six-month period, though refill guidelines may vary by state.
 
"We are proud to reach this milestone with the Butrans Transdermal System," said Todd Baumgartner, M.D., MPH, VP of research and development and chief medical officer at Purdue Pharma L.P. "The new 7.5 mcg/hour dosage strength can be an important tool for physicians managing the treatment of appropriate patients with chronic pain; the 7.5 mcg/hour dosage strength provides added flexibility when titrating from Butrans 5 mcg/hour." 
 
Butrans is used to manage pain that's severe enough to require daily, long-term opioid treatment. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010. 
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