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Fruth Pharmacy launches mobile app

BY Alaric DeArment

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Fruth Pharmacy has launched a new mobile app and mobile website, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Fruth, based in Point Pleasant, W.Va., said the app would allow customers to refill prescriptions, receive pickup and dosage reminders and locate stores and find weekly specials. Starting in three months, Fruth prescription bottles will include a 4-in. QR code to allow quick refills by scanning them with the app.

"Fruth’s mobile pharmacy solution is a logical extension of our commitment to family care," Fruth president and CEO Lynne Fruth said. "Our customers’ mobile phones will make it possible to manage prescriptions for the entire family and access a wide range of our pharmacy services."

The app and mobile website operate on a network created by San Francisco-based Mscripts, and the app is available for download from the Apple Store, Android Market or fruthpharmacy.com.


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T.Eury says:
Jun-12-2013 08:39 am

Well done Ms Lynne Fruth! When I created the Pharmacy Podcast Show - I could see the relevance in mobile technologies. Mobile technologies are the future touch with patient-customers. In the near future, we are moving towards touch-contextual computing. Two scientists from Georgia Tech Anind Dey and Gregory Abowd have studied this shift in communications. With handheld mobile phone-computers as an ALWAYS part of our life - we have the opportunity to be able to sense the objective and subjective aspects of a given situation, we can acces so much information fast documenting - where we are, who we’re with, and our past experiences. These are our sixth, seventh, and eighth senses. Mobile devices with GPS deliver location-based services, which sets a baseline for the many ways your phone can gather information it will use to make your life easier down the line. Facebook’s and Twitter’s valuations are premised on the notion that they can leverage knowledge of your acquaintances and interests to push out relevant content and market to you in more effective ways. Lynne - if you're team would like to expand the topic contact the show: PHARMACY PODCAST SHOW

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Weis Markets raises $189,000 for Paws for Pets

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets’ stores raised $189,000 in donations and pet supplies for more than 90 local animal shelters and rescue organizations during its month-long Paws for Pets program, the grocer announced Monday.

“This is the fifth year for Paws for Pets. During this time, animal shelter and rescue organizations have been flooded with a record number of unwanted animals due the poor economy.” stated Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets’ director of public relations.  “Our Paw program helps these groups meet this challenge, thanks to the generosity of our customers and the commitment of our store associates, who helped create awareness of our program."

This year, customers purchased vouchers for $1, $3 or $5, or Paws for Pets bracelets for $1, with all proceeds donated to designated local shelters. Weis Markets’ customers also donated various pet-related products.

Weis Markets’ Hackettstown, New Jersey store was the chain-wide leader, raising a combined $4,787 donations for Common Sense for Animals, a pet shelter located in nearby New Village, N.J.


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Emergency contraceptive Plan B One Step now on course to be available OTC without any sales restrictions

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The emergency contraceptive Plan B (the original two-tablet formulation) can now be sold as an OTC without any sales restrictions as the Obama administration concedes its fight to prevent nonprescription access to younger teenage girls. And soon the newer Plan B One Step (one tablet) will be available without sales restrictions as well.

In a letter to Bonnie Scott Jones, special counsel to the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would comply with a court ruling that the emergency contraceptive Plan B (levonorgestrel) be made available as a nonprescription product without any placement or age restrictions. 

Further, FDA shared that it has invited Teva Pharmaceuticals to submit a supplement to its application for Plan B One Step and has stated it will approve that supplement in short order. "FDA has indicated that the supplement can reference Teva’s supplement submitted for Plan B One Step in February 2011," wrote Janet Woodcock, FDA director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "FDA, in conformance with the court’s order, intends to approve in a timely manner Plan B One Step as a nonprescription product available without point-of-sale or age restrictions." 

After Teva’s supplement is submitted and approved, FDA expects sponsors of the generic versions of Plan B One Step to submit amendments to their abbreviated new drug applications.

However, the government hasn’t necessarily reversed its opposition to OTC availability of levonorgestrel products, noted Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff in a Wonkblog published Tuesday

Citing an executive-level source within the administration, Kliff suggested the administration realized it would likely lose its appeal on maintaining prescription-only status for the original two-pill formulation of Plan B. "According to the senior official, there was worry about the two-pill product proving too complex for young girls to use it properly," Kliff wrote. "The newer Plan B One-Step, which contains a one-pill dosage of levonorgesterl, is easier to use, which the administration thought made it a safer over-the-counter product."


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