DSNTV: SynMed Ultra paves way for high-volume blister card production
Synergy Medical, a Canadian manufacturer of automation for single and multi-dose blister cards, has been in the industry for over 10 years. With over 300 systems installed across North America, the company has figured out a way to make the latest addition to their offerings — the SynMed Ultra — work with 35 different types of packaging and produce more than 100 multi-dose blister cards per hour.
“Our automation system allows the pharmacy to scale that type of operation if they want to offer blister packs service to their patients,” Synergy Medical’s vice president of sales in North America, Mark Rinker, said. “Done manually, it’s prone to error, is it time-consuming and consumes a lot of the pharmacies labor. So that’s where we come in to offer an automation solution to be able to prepare those blister packs in a safe manner, an accurate manner, and also in a manner where they can scale that portion of their business without chasing volume with labor.”
The idea for the SynMed Ultra came originated from a customer in Quebec City, who started off with one system and slowly added more as their demands for production grew. After running out of space, the client asked the company’s owner about the possibility of creating a product with higher production per square foot.
SynMed Ultra has been three years in the works. The first commercial robot was installed two months ago, and the first U.S. installation will be coming this fall. Watch the video above for more on the device.
Giant Food partners with higi on diabetes prevention program
LANDOVER, Md. — Ahold's Giant Food on Monday announced the deployment of a National Diabetes Prevention Program, PreventT2, utilizing in-store nutritionists as lifestyle coaches to help prevent type 2 diabetes diagnoses across the patients they serve. Groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as eating better, losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress, the grocer noted.
"One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater," stated Lisa Coleman, lead nutritionist, Giant Food. "The PreventT2 program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one's peers."
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The local program is free and has enrolled more than 100 customers in the first classes. Giant Food and higi, the largest network of retail based self-screening health stations have partnered to help customers utilize the higi stations to track and monitor their progress between sessions with the in-store nutritionists.
"People need to realize the important role that food plays in overall health and how food choices can have a major impact," commented Khan Siddiqui, chief medical and technology officer for higi. "Giant's registered dietitians can do a lot to educate their shoppers and prepare them to make the better food choices. The infrastructure higi offers with its in-store screening stations is a major bonus for our participants. The stations offer a private weigh-in option, available any time they visit our stores as well as blood pressure measurement and tracking for various other health metrics."
PreventT2 groups meet for a year – weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
PreventT2 is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5% to 7% of their body weight by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.
Diplomat names former Walgreens exec EVP sales and payer strategies
FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy has a new member of its executive leadership team who brings with her more than a quarter-century of industry experience. The company has named Robyn Peters its new EVP sales and payer strategies, a role in which she will oversee payer and business development strategies, as well as sales and account management.
“Continuing our focus on solutions and services for payers, we have selected a seasoned health care leader with more than 25 years of experience,” Diplomat President Joel Saban said. “Robyn has played pivotal roles in driving business growth and developing relationships across the entire supply chain.”
Peters was most recently Biogen’s VP market access and reimbursement, where she expanded and led the biotech company’s pricing and reimbursement strategies, in addition to performing trade and specialty distribution, contracting, payer marketing and account management functions.
Before Biogen, Peters was Walgreens’ group VP managed market sales and account management. In that role, she oversaw the company’s retail, specialty pharmacy and healthcare sales and account management functions across the segments of managed care, health systems, employer and government. She also has been Pfizer’s VP U.S. payers and national accounts, corporate and government customers, and has held commercial leadership positions at Boehringer Ingelheim, Schering-Plough and MedFit corporate services.
“I look forward to meeting industry needs and opening up new opportunities for payers,” Peters said. “It is a privilege to join this talented leadership team as Diplomat continues to transform and grow in an evolving industry while consistently putting patients first.”