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MedCoach app aids patients with medication management

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO — Tracking medication adherence and connecting to pharmacies when it’s time to refill prescriptions are among the capabilities of a new iPhone and iPad application made by GreatCall.

GreatCall announced the launch of MedCoach, a medication management app that the company said would help customers better manage their overall well-being for free.

Other features of the app include “Shake for Help,” which allows users to get help with a topic they’re reading about by shaking the device; daily, 24-hour access to live, personal assistance via email; secure storage of personal information; and a medication lookup option that provides access to the First Databank national drug database.

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Lilly: Axiron improves hypogonadism symptoms among men

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS — A topical drug made by Eli Lilly restored testosterone to normal levels in men with abnormally low testosterone, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial.

Lilly announced results of a phase-3 trial of Axiron (testosterone) topical solution, a treatment for the condition, also known as hypogonadism. Study results also showed that the drug improved symptoms associated with it.

Hypogonadism results from damage or disease of the testicles, hypothalamus or pituitary glands that inhibits production of testosterone.

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Tris Pharma names VP human resources

BY Allison Cerra

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. — A specialty pharmaceutical company has appointed a new VP human resources.

Cheryl Patnick, who has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and mergers/acquisitions, will lead and manage Tris Pharma’s human resource activities, the company said Wednesday.

"Tris is at a point in its evolution where it needs leaders who are willing to take charge of the increasing demands of a rapidly growing company while concurrently supporting the culture that has led to its growth," Tris Pharma president and CEO Ketan Mehta said. "Cheryl, who has been working with me for more than a year, is one such leader. We are fortunate to have her joining us in this strategically important position."

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