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HealthWarehouse.com to acquire online assets of Hocks Pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — HealthWarehouse.com on Tuesday announced that it has consummated two separate transactions to acquire all the online assets of Hocks Pharmacy, an online reseller of over-the-counter medications, diabetic supplies and medical equipment. HealthWarehouse.com also will merge with a newly formed subsidiary of Hocks Pharmacy.

Following the acquisition, the business will continue to operate under the Hocks.com name until transitioning to HealthWarehouse.com when the time is appropriate, the company announced.

"The combination will bring together two companies committed to providing great customer service and affordable prices on medications to the consumer," stated Lalit Dhadphale, HealthWarehouse.com president and CEO.

A day before the acquisition, HealthWarehouse.com announced that the company has been added to the prescription drug benefit program that Huntington Insurance offers to self-insured companies for more than 100 employers with 200,000 employees in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Under that partnership, participating employers can offer their employees the option to have 300 prescription medications for $3.50, and 1,000 medications for less than $25, delivered to employees’ homes via free shipping.

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Pa. health dept. helps smokers quit in the name of love

BY Michael Johnsen

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday announced it would be distributing free nicotine replacement therapy kits beginning on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, to help Pennsylvanians who want to give up tobacco “in the name of love.”

Under the Quit for Love campaign, the kits will be available through the state’s Free Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for approximately six to eight weeks, or while supplies last.

"Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease," stated Eli Avila, acting secretary of health. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1-of-every-5 deaths nationwide is attributed to smoking. Quitting tobacco is a major step toward improving your overall health. Do it for yourself, for your friends, for your loved ones."

The NRT kits are paid for by funding from the federal stimulus program and the Master Settlement Agreement. Under this agreement, 46 states — including Pennsylvania — receive payments from the tobacco industry to offset smoking-related medical costs and to help reduce the use of tobacco products.

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AccuDial developing child-proof children’s dosing syringe

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — AccuDial Pharmaceutical earlier this month announced it has developed a new patent-pending line of child-proof container enclosure systems, designed to reduce the accidental or unsupervised ingestion of liquid over-the-counter and prescription medications.

One of AccuDial’s new patent-pending designs is an innovative safety cap and oral dosing syringe system. The safety cap is permanently fastened to the container and includes an integrated one-way valve for accessing medication with an accompanying oral syringe, and a flip-top lid that covers the valve when the product is not in use.

An unsupervised child is unable to remove the safety cap or otherwise access the liquid inside the container without utilizing the oral syringe, which is intended to be stored by the caregiver separately from the product. A child also is unable to suck or squeeze the liquid from the container because of the one-way valve, which prevents the flow of the medication without utilizing the oral syringe.

In a recent study of emergency department visits for unintentional pediatric poisonings between 2004 and 2005, 82% of the visits were due to the unsupervised ingestion of pharmaceutical products by children who accessed the medications on their own.

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