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HealthOneMed debuts Dispense-a-Pill

BY Alaric DeArment

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. — HealthOneMed has launched a device that combines the abilities of pillboxes, reminders, dispensers and medication alerts into one.

The company announced Tuesday the launch of Dispense-a-Pill, a personal medication manager that it said would provide a business opportunity for companies offering healthcare services. The DAP can manage up to 16 medications, including pills, topical creams, eye drops, inhalers and insulin injections. By connecting to a phone line, it automatically can alert a medication management service provider if a dosage is missed.

“We envision medical monitoring companies, home care agencies, senior communities, pharmacies and others using DAP to offer a new, value-added medication management service,” HealthOneMed founder Gazi Abdulhay said.

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Merz offers Xeomin users financial assistance with new programs

BY Alaric DeArment

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Merz Pharmaceuticals has created two programs to provide financial assistance to patients using its drug for cervical dystonia, the company said Tuesday.

The programs — the Xeomin patient co-payment program and the Xeomin patient assistance program — cover Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA), designed to decrease the severity of abnormal head positions and neck pains in patients with the disease, which causes muscle contractions resulting in repetitive movements and abnormal postures.

“By offering a continuum of Xeomin financial assistance programs, our hope is to help patients manage their cervical dystonia and blepharospasm costs by reducing or eliminating financial obstacles that may prevent initiation or continuation of treatment,” said Merz president and CEO Jack Britts.

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APhA begins search for new CFO

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association is looking for a new CFO to replace Roger Browning, who will retire, the group said Tuesday.

Browning has worked in senior financial executive positions for the APhA since 1995, serving as SVP finance and CFO since 2007. Before working for the APhA, he was VP finance at the International Franchise Association.

“Roger Browning has done a phenomenal job of leading APhA through complex and challenging financial times the last 16 years as the organization grew exponentially and new subsidiary enterprises were created,” APhA EVP and CEO Tom Menighan said. “Additionally, Roger and his team guided us through the complexities of building and restoring a building on the National Mall.”

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