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FDA approves injectable antihistamine using BD Simplist

BY Alaric DeArment

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug administered through a new line of injection devices made by BD, the company said Wednesday.

BD announced the approval of diphenhydramine hydrochloride injection, an antihistamine, packaged in its recently launched Simplist pre-filled injectables, which are made by subsidiary BD Rx and designed to improve patient care and safety by decreasing the number of steps in the traditional vial and syringe injection sequence and thus reduce the potential risk of medication errors.

"We have made a significant investment in [research and development] and manufacturing capabilities to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that combines drug formulation with our manufacturing expertise," BD EVP and COO William Kozy said. "BD is well-positioned and uniquely suited to take this next step based on our demonstrated, 12-year history of continuous, reliable supply of our Flush products and existing leadership position in prefillable syringe manufacturing."

The company said that while traditional injections require up to 20 steps on the part of the physician, the Simplist requires about 12, in addition to featuring easy-to-read labels, bar-coding for easy identification and individually packaged, prefilled syringes.

 

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McKesson EnterpriseRx system enables mobile communication

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Pharmacies using McKesson EnterpriseRx pharmacy-management system can send patients information about health clinics, drug recalls, coupons and real-time surveys through their mobile phones using an integrated mobile communication system.

Mscripts said Wednesday that its pre-built integration with EnterpriseRx would allow pharmacists to implement quickly and cost-effectively, communicating with patients through two-way, interactive SMS text messaging and mobile applications on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone devices.

Other features of the app allow patients to refill prescriptions, receive pickup and dosage reminders and get a complete view of their health information, as well as store maps and locators, a way to track refill requests placed via mobile and refill reminders.

 

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Shoppers Drug Mart, Great-West Life launch new health support programs for Great-West Life clients

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — With the prevalence of chronic disease conditions on the rise, Great-West Life, a provider of drug plan management solutions, and Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart have entered into an agreement to introduce two new health support programs for Great-West Life clients.

Through the new agreement, participating Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists will offer a diabetes support program for eligible Great-West Life plan members who are living with diabetes, as well as a comprehensive medication counseling program for eligible Great-West Life plan members who are taking one of the specific maintenance medications.

The diabetes support program was developed to provide Great-West Life plan members, who are living with diabetes, the opportunity to connect with a participating Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist trained in diabetes management. In addition, plan members will have access to more than 450 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists who are certified diabetes educators. The diabetes support program will include A1C testing, medication therapy recommendations and lifestyle management counseling.

The medication counseling program encourages plan member medication cost awareness and medication adherence for better health outcomes, while reducing drug plan costs to the plan sponsor. Both health support programs are multi-year and are intended to be of a long-term nature. The programs build upon the pharmaceutical knowledge and counseling expertise of Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists to provide extended support to Great-West Life plan members on a voluntary basis, at no cost to plan members or their benefits plans, Shoppers Drug Mart stated.

"This agreement demonstrates and accelerates the expanded role that pharmacists perform in helping patients better manage their health and utilizes pharmacists’ knowledge and trusted patient relationships," stated Dorian Lo, EVP of pharmacy and healthcare for Shoppers Drug Mart. "Through this agreement, we are furthering our commitment to help payers improve the health of their plan members, while also effectively managing rising healthcare costs."

Through the new agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart, the diabetes support program will initially be made available to approximately 120,000 Great-West Life plan members and the medications counseling program will be made available to approximately 15,000 Great-West Life plan members.

 

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