PHARMACY

AxiumPortal.com provides patients with convenient service

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE MARY, Fla. — Specialty pharmacy provider Axium Healthcare Pharmacy has launched an online portal to complement its services, the company said Wednesday.

AxiumPortal.com allows patients to manage their accounts, request refills, make co-payments, set reminders and perform other functions.

“The technology is a tool that provides convenience and service on-demand,” Axium president and CEO Mark Montgomery said. “We can stay connected with patients 24/7/365 while providing the company a strong platform to scale the business model.”

The company said it also has plans to make the site usable by physicians, manufacturers, payers, distributors and others.

“Healthcare information systems are the future of health care in America,” Montgomery said. “AxiumPortal.com is another prime example of the capability Axium has within our industry.”

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K-V: FDA will approve Gestiva by PDUFA date

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS — K-V Pharmaceutical announced Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration extended its Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date to April 13 for a drug under development for preventing preterm birth.

K-V, which acquired the injected drug Gestiva (hydroxyprogesterone caproate) from Hologic in 2008, said Hologic originally had been told the FDA would take action Thursday.

K-V said it was confident the drug would receive approval and that the FDA would take action on or before the new PDUFA date.

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USciences, PGH develop sustainability training partnership

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA and RESTON, Va. — University of the Sciences and Practice Greenhealth announced that they will collaborate to develop and promote sustainability training for pharmacists, pharmacy students and related professionals.

The USciences and PGH partnership includes:

  • Developing a methodology for assessing the effectiveness of sustainability training for pharmacists;

  • Assessing the feasibility of similar course offerings to pharmacy students at USciences; and

  • Encouraging collaborative and cooperative research activities that support the development of educational programs relating to pharmacists and sustainability.

"This collaboration will provide a great opportunity for leadership in sustainability education and research in pharmacy practice," said Lisa Lawson, dean of USciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. "With pharmacists already trusted members of the healthcare community, their involvement is key to providing environmental safeguards and safe medication handling."

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