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FidoPharm launches Pet Trust Plus

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW ORLEANS — A company that makes pet drugs has launched what it calls the first generic prescription heartworm preventive medication for sale at retail pharmacies around the country.

FidoPharm announced the launch of Pet Trust Plus (ivermectin and pyrantel), a generic version of Merial’s Heartgard Plus. The drug is meant to prevent heartworms from developing and reaching a dog’s arteries and heart.

"Dogs deserve access to preventive heartworm medicine, and their owners deserve choices without having to sacrifice quality and efficacy," FidoPharm president Alex Kaufman said. "With the introduction of Pet Trust Plus at retail pharmacies nationwide, FidoPharm continues to protect pets and provide pet parents with affordable and accessible pet healthcare options, and we are proud to educate pet owners about the importance of heartworm testing and treatment."

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APhA, ADA announce new collaboration

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A new partnership aims to educate pharmacists, other healthcare professionals, caregivers and patients about diabetes and about how pharmacists can work with physicians to help patients manage the condition.

The American Pharmacists Association, the APhA Foundation and the American Diabetes Association announced the collaboration Friday, saying it would develop new resources and also promote existing programs, such as the ADA’s Stop Diabetes Movement and the APhA’s Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes certification program.

"Pharmacists are the medication experts and the most accessible healthcare provider," APhA EVP and CEO Thomas Menighan said. "According to the CDC, 84% of adults with diabetes are using medications as therapy. There may be several different medications these patients are taking, and this is an excellent opportunity for pharmacists to talk with these patients and ensure that the patients understand the medications and the conditions they are trying to treat."

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Walgreens adds Pill Reminder, Transfer by Scan features to mobile app

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is bringing its pharmacy to the palms of customers’ hands by introducing new mobile features that aim to improve the management of prescription needs and medication adherence.

The latest mobile features include:

  • Pill Reminder, which allows iPhone mobile app users to track medication schedules and receive alerts through nine different reminder options, which can be set up by scanning a prescription barcode and selecting alert preferences. Users also can add multiple prescriptions, vitamins and other supplements to a single reminder notification; and

  • Transfer by Scan, which enables Walgreens mobile app users on iPhone and Android devices to transfer a prescription from another pharmacy to Walgreens by taking a picture of their prescription bottle and providing their name, date of birth and phone number, then sending to Walgreens with one click.

The new features build on Walgreens’ already-robust mobile app. In October 2011, the drug store chain launched a text messaging refill reminder functionality that allows patients to complete prescription orders. The company also launched Refill by Scan, which enables mobile users to order refills simply by scanning the barcode on a prescription bottle.

“Mobile is an important channel for us and brings great opportunities for technology innovation and providing pharmacy features to millions of our mobile customers,” Walgreens president of e-commerce Sona Chawla said. “We’ve extended the convenience of Walgreens pharmacy through a number of intuitive, easy-to-use tools that can be very effective in helping patients better manage and improve their overall health.”

In related news, Walgreens also said it has added a new and enhanced feature to its app for shutterbugs called QuickPrints, which allows mobile customers to order prints directly from an iPhone or Android device without logging in. Photo pickup is available in as little as an hour at any Walgreens, the company said.

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