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JCPP conference examines progress toward 2015 Vision, future refinements

BY Alaric DeArment

 WASHINGTON – As pharmacy evolves from medication dispensing to a key component of the healthcare system, strengthening the pharmacist’s role in health care was the dominant theme at a recent conference sponsored by a coalition of pharmacy groups.

The Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners and representatives of nursing, medicine, education, pharmacy practice and consumer groups gathered last month at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Va., for the conference, with American Pharmacists Association EVP Thomas Menighan serving as chairman.

Titled Advancing the JCPP Vision for Pharmacy Practice, the conference examined progress made toward realizing the group’s 2015 Vision, which foresees pharmacists as the healthcare professionals reponsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication outcomes.

Panels of experts and heads of JCPP member organizations discussed ways to improve the plan, and input and discussions from the meeting will be compiled and reviewed by staff from member organizations as they finalize the refined statement and action plan, projected to occur by early next year.


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VoicePort announces the launch of its Medication Synchronization program

BY Jason Owen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — VoicePort, LLC announced today the launch of its Medication Synchronization automated solution with two U. S. pharmacy chain clients and are in final stage negotiations with several others in support of helping pharmacies deliver increased patient health-and-wellness.

"Allowing pharmacy patients the opportunity to pick up multiple prescription medications once a month has shown to significantly improve a patients "proportion days covered" on their medications," said Alphonse J. Sasso, VP of business development. Sasso continued, "When consumers stay adherent to their maintenance medications it translates to improved patient health outcomes while also increasing pharmacy sales and profits, a true, win/win solution."

VoicePort’s systems leverage a front-end analysis tool to help pharmacies identify patients who qualify to participate, identifies what medication should be used to anchor the synchronized refills and also calculates the required short fills necessary to get each patient on a once-a-month pick up schedule. Pharmacies are also supported through an automated calling system from VoicePort to enroll patients in the synchronization program, to schedule the pharmacist-patient counseling sessions and to alert patients when their medications are ready for pick up. VoicePort also makes available back-end analytics tools to help measure pharmacy progress on keeping patients on schedule with their medications; a complete turn-key solution to help deliver greater patient health-and-wellness.

"Capitalizing on our technology and automation helps pharmacies to focus on their patients to offer added care and instruction," said Christopher J. Mann, president and CEO of VoicePort, LLC. VoicePort’s solutions are automated to complement its pharmacy partner’s workflow to deliver added efficiencies and improved Medication Adherence for their client’s pharmacy patients. "We are very excited to have the chance to work with our North American clients to leverage our technology to improve the patients overall health-and-wellness," said Mann.

VoicePort also announced today a new strategic partnership with Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS), a company that offers analytical measurement tools on key pharmacy performance metrics in support of Medicare Part D Star Rating measures. The EQuIPPTM system from PQS offers neutral assessment of quality-related performance and lays a foundation for performance-based contracts and payment systems for pharmacy networks. "Offering our clients these enhanced measurement analytic tools will allow them to track their performance on a consistent and standardized format as they roll out key pharmacy adherence and clinical programs", " added Mann.  "We are very excited to offer this added level of pharmacy collaboration in support of healthcare plans in an automated format to help measure progress on key metrics within the pharmacy."

VoicePort’s PharmaPhonetics Patient solutions delivers cost-effective, automated, personalized, intelligent, and interactive unified communications that connects directly to the patients on behalf of the pharmacy. Their services include prescription pick-up and refill reminder notifications, health awareness/medical therapy review messaging, patient counseling, translation, education, and instruction services, mobile applications focused for pharmacy or front end, automated Web-based appointment scheduling services and patient co-payment assistance programs. The Unified Patient Communication platform enables permission based phone, text, e-mail, Web and mobile notifications that are dynamically personalized to individual patients and their specific needs.


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Wellco Brands’ Healerz For Noses selected for Walmart’s ‘Get on the Shelf’ contest

BY Jason Owen

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Wellco Brands debut product, Healerz For Noses has been selected for Walmart’s #GetOnTheShelf contest to test the product’s commercial viability. To see the product video and vote, visit the "Get on the Shelf" page.

Voting runs from now through September 2. Viewers may vote once per day per product. To vote for a product, visit the product’s page and click the Vote button. Judges will use vote totals as an indicator of public support, to help give them an idea of products’ commercial viability.

Healerz For Noses is a pain relief cream targeted to soothe the delicate skin under the nose that becomes irritated during cold and allergy season. Currently there is no other product on retail shelves that is indicated for this use, according to the company. The formula contains lidocaine for pain relief, benzalkonium chloride antiseptic to help guard against infection and aloe for its soothing properties, all in a non-greasy base.

Healerz For Noses is specially packaged in single-use packets providing convenient, on-the-go options for consumers. It is available in 6-count trial size and 24-count family size packaging. For more information, visit our website at healerz4health.com.


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