Hot Pharmacy and Technology products at NACDS Total Store Expo 2014

BY Jim Frederick

ScriptPro telepharmacy

ScriptPro calls its enhanced telepharmacy system “a fully integrated extension of ScriptPro’s industry-leading robotics and … central workflow systems for pharmacies.”

“The system combines real-time workflow, prescription dispensing and electronic tracking controls with video, audio and desktop connections to pharmacies in remote locations,” the company noted. The pharmacist and the technician at the remote location where the patient has brought his or her prescription “both view and operate the same screen, so the pharmacist has visibility into and control over the entire dispensing process,” according to the company.


Kirby Lester KL1Plus

Kirby Lester is showcasing its new KL1Plus prescription-dispensing device at NACDS Total Store Expo and other events this summer and fall. Among the features that set the KL1Plus apart is its ability to perform a trackable double-count for any prescription coming out of a vial-filling robot. The dual-counting capability, along with automatic storage of an archived record of the second count for up to 10 years, is especially useful for any retail or outpatient pharmacy that dispenses controlled medications or expensive medications through any robot, the company noted. “The KL1Plus’ trackable double count is a pharmacy’s safety net against counting errors,” said Kirby Lester VP sales Dave Johnson.


Innovation PharmASSIST Dispenser Model 4

An intelligent medication dispenser — that’s how Innovation bills its PharmASSIST Dispenser Model 4, a fully independent smart device that simultaneously stores, counts and dispenses tablets and capsules. The Model 4 is “the first medication dispensing technology … that has the capability to self-calibrate the counting of new medications,” Innovation reported. It’s designed to operate within the company’s cabinet-based, robotic and high-volume dispensing systems, and to integrate with the PharmASSIST Symphony database and its Pharmacy Intelligence analytical tools.


CarePredict Tempo

Adult children in the sandwich generation can keep track of their aging parents’ health minute-to-minute with a new, wearable device from CarePredict. The product, called Tempo, is a wrist-worn sensor for elderly parents that records daily living activities and location within the home, and uses machine learning to recognize normal patterns of living. The system alerts family and caregivers by text, e-mail or mobile apps, when there are meaningful changes in the pattern. Working through room beacons and a home communications hub, “Tempo senses patterns of daily living from waking up, bathing, sleeping, quality and amount of sleep, to brushing teeth, eating, drinking and cooking,” CarePredict CEO Salish Movva said.


QS/1 Motion SlateMate

Joining hardware and software technologies, health automation provider QS/1 and Motion Computing have won another beachhead in pharmacy’s mobile technology campaign with the launch of the Motion SlateMate tablet, featuring QS/1’s pharmacy management systems and point-of-sale platforms. The SlateMate tablet PC features an integrated magnetic strip reader and a bar-code scanner, so pharmacy staff can check out customers, process credit cards, capture signatures and print receipts on a wireless printer. “The SlateMate lets you take QS/1’s products around your store and at the drive-through window with full functionality,” said market analyst Charles Garner. “Being a PC, the SlateMate can … [provide] full access to such applications as QS/1’s NRx and point-of-sale [systems].”


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Henry Ford Pharmacy launches smartphone app

BY Ryan Chavis

DETROIT — Henry Ford Health System on Thursday launched a free smartphone app for patients to order and manage their medications. The Henry Ford Rx app is available for patients who use any of the chain's 28 retail pharmacy locations throughout the metro Detroit area.

The app will allow patients to:

  • Order prescription refills;
  • Receive text message notifications when their medicine is available for pickup;
  • Enroll in refill and medication dosage reminders;
  • Access an overview of their medication records;
  • Locate nearby Henry Ford pharmacy locations;
  • Transfer prescriptions between those locations; and
  • View monthly over-the-counter specials.

“By using this resource, our patients will gain a greater sense of control over their health and medication needs, anytime, anywhere” said Daniel Kus, RPh., VP of Henry Ford’s ambulatory pharmacy services. “This new service demonstrates our continued commitment to coordinated patient care.”

The app is available for download on both iTunes and Google Play markets at no charge. Patients who aren't as tech-savvy can manage their medications through a mobile-web application here. The app was created by mobile pharmacy solutions provider, mscripts.

“As its own healthcare ecosystem, Henry Ford is uniquely able to influence healthier outcomes for its patients through the use of technology,” said Mark Cullen, CEO of mscripts.


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Hot GM and Consumables products at NACDS Total Store Expo 2014

BY Antoinette Alexander

Trident Unwrapped

Chewing gum is about to get even easier. Mondelez International’s Trident is taking it all off with the new Trident Unwrapped. Packaged in convenient bottles and pouches, Trident Unwrapped is ideal for those on the go. Trident, a sugar-free gum, has been helping Americans fight cavities for 50 years.



Viniq Shimmery Liqueur

Viniq Shimmery Liqueur is making waves as this enticing fusion of vodka, Moscato and fruity flavors merge to make this shimmery liqueur. It can be served by itself, on the rocks or combined with mixers. For example, suggested cocktail recipes include Oh Snap!, made with chilled Viniq, an orange slice and chili powder, or the Upper West Side, which is Viniq, French Cognac and an orange peel.



The Emerson Group is introducing gLovies disposable multipurpose gloves for kids, to keep little hands clean. It’s a new category that features a solution that’s ideal for arts and crafts, baking, classrooms and public restrooms. The gloves decrease cleanup time, and prevent paint from getting under the fingernails. Each pair is waterproof and adorned with three penguin “friends” to keep kids enthusiastic about wearing their gLovies. gLovies fit loosely, so that hands of all sizes can fit easily, but they feature an elastic wristband so that they don’t come off.



Drink your vegetables with the all-natural Fave 100% fruit and vegetable juice, which promises to deliver three full servings of vegetables per 8-fl.-oz. glass. Each 8 fl. oz. glass of Fave also provides the equivalent of one-quarter cup of fruit, or half of a daily serving. The juice also has the antioxidant power of vitamins A and C. Fave, which is an acronym for “fruit and vegetables,” is low in sodium and has just 60 calories. In addition, it has no preservatives, artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup. It is available in three flavors: strawberry-banana-kiwi, blueberry-pomegranate-goji and orange-tangerine-pineapple.


Pet Naps Grooming and Ear & Eye Wipes

With more and more pharmacies filling pet medicines, pet care products at the drug store is a complementary category being shopped by pet owners. In that space, Nice-Pak Products is introducing VetIQ Pet Naps Grooming and Ear & Eye Wipes, which are formulated with a pH balance to match a pet’s skin. The wipes are designed to remove dirt from a pet’s paws and coat after walks, during rainy days or for in between baths. It contains moisturizers for animal skin softness and coat conditioning, and is safe for ears, eyes and the occasional lick. The wipes are made from 100% plant-based fibers, making them naturally absorbent.


Energizer MAX batteries

Alkaline batteries with extended product claims have been credited with driving sales across the battery category. Energizer MAX batteries now feature a new Power Seal Technology that allows them to hold power for up to a decade in storage. This extended shelf life provides consumers with added assurance that their batteries will work when needed to power essential daily devices like children’s toys, remote controls and clocks. More importantly, Energizer has eliminated concerns of leakage by guaranteeing that devices will be protected from leakage for up to two years.


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