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Armada, Definitive Homecare announce integration of ApproveRx, CPR+

BY Alaric DeArment

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A company that develops software for the specialty pharmacy and similar industries has integrated Armada Health Care’s prior authorization system into its product.

Armada and Definitive Homecare Solutions announced the integration of Armada’s ApproveRx system with Definitive Homecare’s CPR+ specialty pharmacy software. The companies said the integration of the ApproveRx functionality within CPR+ would make it part of the pharmacy dispensing workflow and provide users of CPR+ with "optimal" workflow efficiencies.

"ApproveRx provides us with the appropriate [prior authorization] forms so we can submit them to prescribers electronically," Norbert Cointepoix, senior director of information technology and CPR+ and ApproveRx customer company Axium Healthcare Pharmacy, said. "The integration with CPR+ will safe our staff a tremendous amount of time with the auto-population of the appropriate forms."


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‘Chuggington Icy Escapades’ arriving on DVD this fall

BY Allison Cerra

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Anchor Bay Entertainment is gearing up to launch its latest "Chuggington" DVD this fall.

"Icy Escapades," the "Chuggington" DVD installment, is a new collection of winter adventures that includes six episodes: "Chilly Chuggers," "Snowstruck Wilson," "Wilson’s Icy Escapade," "Heave-Ho Harrison," "Hodge Sails Away" and "Rolling Reporter Wilson."

"We’re thrilled to help families celebrate the season together — Chuggington-style! — with this latest release," Anchor Bay Enterainment executive director of brand marketing Erin Carter said. "Filled with winter-themed fun and important life lessons, ‘Icy Escapades’ is sure to be a hit with families at the holidays and all year long."

"Chuggington Icy Escapades" will make its retail debut on Oct. 30.

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BPA banned from baby bottles, sippy cups

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced in the Federal Register that it has banned bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups, following a request to revise the rule made by the American Chemistry Council in October 2011.

"Although governments around the world continue to support the safety of BPA in food contact materials, confusion about whether BPA is used in baby bottles and sippy cups had become an unnecessary distraction to consumers, legislators and state regulators," stated Steven Hentges, of the polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC. "FDA action on this request now provides certainty that BPA is not used to make the baby bottles and sippy cups on store shelves, either today or in the future."

BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in commerce today. The consensus of government agencies across the world is that BPA is safe for use in food contact materials, including those intended for infants and toddlers. State legislative and regulatory actions across the country had contributed to confusion about whether baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the United States contain BPA. In fact, manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups announced several years ago that due to consumer preference, they had stopped using BPA in these products.

BPA is used to make polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins, along with other materials used to make plastics. The FDA had questioned the safety of BPA in products for children in a report published in 2010.

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