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Innovation to present PharmAssist Optix at two pharmacy trade shows

BY Alaric DeArment

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Pharmacy automation equipment manufacturer Innovation will unveil a new device for automating the counting and processing of medications at two pharmacy trade shows this summer, the company said Tuesday.

Innovation said the PharmAssist Optix — part of its broader PharmAssist product line of pharmacy automation equipment — would be displayed at Cardinal Health’s Retail Business Conference in Las Vegas, which takes place from Thursday through Saturday, and at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Boston next month.

The device works by taking a high-resolution image of each prescription’s vial contents and label and displaying them on a designated pharmacist’s workstation, thus enabling remote prescription verification through comparison with images in a drug database.

“We believe PharmAssist Optix is a game-changing technology that will have tremendous impact on the prescription dispensing process for all types of pharmacies,” Innovation EVP global business development Doyle Jensen said. “Optix helps pharmacies increase throughput, decrease dispensing errors and reduce labor costs, all of which contribute to a strong return on investment.”

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Hamacher to host CE presentations at AmerisourceBergen’s National Healthcare Conference & Exposition

BY Michael Johnsen

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group will be hosting a series of continuing education presentations at AmerisourceBergen’s National Healthcare Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas from July 22 to 23.

Dave Wendland and Tom Boyer, both part of the owners group at HRG, will present four different educational sessions.

Of the four sessions presented by HRG, Wendland will present one for the management track (“Retail Realities” on July 22, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) and one for the drug information track (“Linking OTC Products with the Rx Department” on July 23, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m). Boyer will present one for the merchandising track (“Merchandising Basics,” on July 23, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) and one for the marketing track (“Enhancing the Bottom Line: Five Profit Variables” on July 23, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Each session is worth 1.5 CE credits.

Wendland, a thought leader and a 20-year veteran in the retail consumer healthcare industry, also is a regular contributor to HealthCare Distributor, writes for RetailWire’s BrainTrust blog and has spoken at such events as the Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing Disease State Management conference and Drug Store News’ Diabetes Roundtable. He also has moderated several panels and hosted multiple industry webinars.

Boyer, a national account manager at HRG, has extensive industry knowledge and has been with HRG since 1994. Most recently he has led a pharmacy curriculum project for colleges of pharmacy and helped shape HRG’s Retail Building Blocks: Home Health Care series. A frequent speaker at pharmacy schools and other industry events, Boyer also works directly with community-based pharmacies providing store assessments and performance report cards.

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Hi-Tech Pharmacal’s generic Levaquin enters market

BY Alaric DeArment

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Hi-Tech Pharmacal has introduced levofloxacin oral solution in the 25-mg/mL strength, the drug maker said Tuesday.

The drug will be available in 480-mL, 200-mL and 100-mL sizes in order to allow pharmacists to tailor inventory to store volume. Hi-Tech was granted tentative approval in April.

The drug is a generic version of Johnson & Johnson’s pneumonia treament Levaquin.

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