Hot Pharmacy and Technology products at NACDS Total Store Expo 2014 – Part 2

BY Jim Frederick

McKesson’s Adherence Performance Solution

McKesson’s Pharmacy Systems and Automation unit has developed a performance-enhancing solution to help pharmacies boost patient adherence, while also demonstrating added value to payers. 

The Adherence Performance Solution taps the data within the pharmacy management system to give pharmacists a window into patients’ adherence and return levels, by plan and by pharmacy. The dashboard system provides a view of patients’ adherence levels “across all of your pharmacies,” and identifies patients “who will positively impact your adherence performance the most,” according to the company.

The new software also lets pharmacies “show payers just how valuable your pharmacy is to their network,” McKesson said.


FastPak Elite

New from AmerisourceBergen Technology Group is an enhanced, intelligent, automated prescription-dispensing machine, FastPak Elite. The system is modular and scalable, allowing pharmacies to choose from three units holding either 520, 336 or 260 canisters — based on their volume and rapid dispensing needs. 

The FastPak Elite’s “smart” canisters count and dispense nearly all sizes and shapes of oral solid medications, according to ABC, and feature RFID chip and bar-code identification, as well as RFID technology to identify and track medications and canisters within the unit. A redesigned graphic user interface allows pharmacy staff to queue and prioritize “unlimited batches” of prescription orders for “unprecedented flexibility” in workload.



RxSAFE’s new RxASP 600 with an attached RxASP 20 stores up to 600 RFID canisters, with the robotic handler automatically exchanging the canisters on the ASP 20. Up to four packagers can be attached to a single ASP 600. The RxASP 20 also eliminates the need for remote filling stations, and features the smallest footprint of any automated unit-dose dispenser. It also provides automated restocking of drug inventory to avoid down time. The product line is 100%-designed and manufactured in the United States.




Mobile pharmacy platform developer mscripts is showcasing next-generation medication adherence solutions designed to move pharmacies and patients beyond current phone- and computer-based drug adherence programs. 

The new apps were developed to work on smartphones and tablets, and feature such tools as “educational videos, financial assistance, refill reminders … delivered directly to a patient’s phone, email or mobile app at critical points in therapy,” according to
the company.



Robotic Prescription Dispensing Systems

Pharmacy automation provider ScriptPro has unveiled new security options for its Robotic Prescription Dispensing Systems that enhance a pharmacy’s control over Schedule II narcotics and other medications with high abuse potential. 

Among the new features: electronic door locks designed to restrict access to drug stock in ScriptPro machines that requires an electronic PIN code and identifies the user who opened the doors, as well as the date and time of the occurrence. The new enhancements also include reinforced doors that partially conceal drug stock, an internal security camera package that records all activity when doors to the unit are open and a locking cell column feature for potentially dangerous or abuse-potential medicines.



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Hot OTC products at NACDS Total Store Expo 2014 – Part 3

BY Michael Johnsen

Similasan’s Arnica Active

Similasan introduced its new Similasan Arnica Active along with a packaging refresh for all of its items at this year’s NACDS TSE. The launch features a spray-on SKU, which differentiates the product from other arnica options on the market. In addition to pain relief, arnica is indicated for the relief of bruising, and is an ingredient that is becoming popular across external analgesic rubs as a natural alternative to internal analgesics. For the 52 weeks ended June 15, sales of the external analgesic rub category  reached $486.9 million, up 6.7%, across total U.S. multi-outlets according to IRI. 



Vapor Rub

Perfecta Products is showcasing its Zim’s Advanced Vapor Rub chest rub, featuring a roller applicator so users don’t have to use their hands to apply the mentholated cough suppressant to their child’s chest — or their own chest. The applicator innovation may help boost sales in the category, which was relatively flat through June 15, with sales of $88.6 million across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. A 4-oz. tube will retail for a suggested $11.99. In addition to natural menthol, the product contains organic arnica, beeswax, coconut oil and eucalyptus. 



VitaMelts Multivitamins

While the billion-dollar multivitamin business is relatively flat overall — growing at a 0.2% rate to $1.7 billion for the 52 weeks ended June 15 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI — gummy vitamins and other alternatives to multivitamins in tablet form are trending. Capitalizing on that trend, Pharmavite extended its line of NatureMade VitaMelts with a Multivitamin SKU. The multivitamin is formulated with vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as B vitamins thiamin (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), folic acid (B-9) and B-12. The product comes in a tropical fruit flavor and sells for a suggested $5.99. 



Diabetes Smart Tracker

New to NACDS TSE, Vigilant is launching a line of connected devices designed to help Type 1 diabetics better manage their disease. Called the Bee, the Diabetes Smart Tracker serves as a cap for most insulin pens and allows users to track wirelessly how much insulin they’ve injected. Users turn on the Bee device and dial up the amount of insulin, and that information is relayed to the Vigilant Bee app. Blood-glucose readings from a separate blood-glucose meter also can be uploaded to the app using the device. 


True Metrix Self-Monitoring and Pro Professional Monitoring

Nipro Diagnostics launched the True Metrix Self-Monitoring blood-glucose system and the True Metrix Pro Professional Monitoring blood-glucose system meters at this year’s NACDS TSE. The meters feature pre- and post-meal tags that enable patients to mark blood-glucose results to see how food affects blood glucose. Additionally, the products allow patients to tie such notable events as exercise, medication and sickness — as well as other occasions — to blood-glucose readings in order to determine patterns and trends, resulting in better decision-making for diabetes management. True Metrix will be made available beginning in the fourth quarter under partner brands or under Nipro Diagnostics’ own True brand of products.


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Hot Beauty products at NACDS Total Store Expo 2014 – Part 3

BY Antoinette Alexander


If you know the concept behind Toms footwear, then you definitely understand the mission of SoapBox.

The concept is simple: If you buy one, then the company gives one to a person in a need. 

The company is currently in the process of launching within the drug channel and offers 24 SKUs in the line, which includes bar soap, body wash, lotion and liquid hand soap. Prices range from $2.99 to $4.99.

For example, with a single purchase of its liquid hand soap, the company will highlight to the consumer that it provides one month of clean water to a child in need through RainCatcher, an organization it has partnered with.


OKU Daily Skin Check

The new OKU Daily Skin Check by mySkin brings skin diagnostics into the hands of consumers.

The device will retail for $250 and can provide targeted solutions for acne, anti-aging and skin health.

How it works: After downloading the app, you place the device onto your skin, and the device measures physiology around the skin and communicates with the app. For example, if you are battling acne, you can place the device on a blemish and the app can tell you how long until the blemish heals and how to prevent future blemishes, as well as recommend acne-fighting products from a database comprised of about 150,000 products.


MD Hair

A practicing physician for more than 20 years specializing in women’s health, aesthetics and anti-aging medicine, Susan Lin has developed MD Hair to help consumers battle accelerated hair loss.

Looking to expand into the drug channel, MD Hair is promoting its MD Nutri Hair one-capsule daily supplement designed specifically for female thinning hair and its MD Hair Restoration System. The MD Hair Restoration System is a two-step daily leave-on process that includes a follicle activator and follicle energizer. 

There’s also MD Scalp Essentials with natural almond and plant extract to be massaged into the scalp to help reduce scalp congestion.


Smile Shield

It’s not a whitener. It’s just as the name suggests — a shield. That’s right. 

Smile Shield creates an invisible barrier across the surface of your teeth to help shield them from stains when having that cup of coffee or glass of wine. The 100% natural stain blocker is applied to the upper and lower teeth before drinking coffee or red wine. The formula dries almost instantly and forms an invisible barrier to seal out stains. It also can be used after applying whitening strips or a professional whitening treatment to help maintain a bright smile. The product is looking to launch in December.


Vigilant's Rainbow toothbrush

Vigilant is looking to bring new innovation to children’s oral care with its new smart toothbrush designed specifically for little ones.

Connected via Bluetooth Smart, the new Rainbow helps children learn the right brushing technique recommended by dentists. It combines high-tech and fun, and brings gamification to the oral care aisle.

With its motion and 3-D sensors, Rainbow is a manual toothbrush that tracks brush positions and movements inside the mouth, while the app is guiding the brusher. It also incentivizes children through the interactive phone/tablet game that models the proper brushing behavior. The new Rainbow toothbrush retails for about $49 and comes with an extra toothbrush head.


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