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Medicine-On-Time launches site to promote medication adherence system

BY Alaric DeArment

HUNT VALLEY, Md. — A company that manufactures simplified packaging designed to increase medication adherence has launched a new website to promote the product.

Medicine-On-Time announced the launch of a new website that connects patients to pharmacies that offer the packaging. The launch includes 250 pharmacies around the country, a number that the company expects to grow. The packaging system is geared toward patients taking multiple drugs and uses personalized pill cups labeled with the day, date and time to take them.

"We are launching SortMyMeds.com to connect consumers to local pharmacists who offer simplified tools that ensure consumers take the right medications at the right time," Medicine-On-Time CEO Ian Salditch said. "This website is part of our broader efforts aimed at helping people maintain their independence and enjoy better health."


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Mission Pharmacal launches Binosto for osteoporosis

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN ANTONIO — Mission Pharmacal has launched what it called an alternative to pill therapy for osteoporosis.

The drug maker announced Thursday the availability of Binosto (alendronate sodium) effervescent tablets for buffered oral solution in pharmacies. The drug is used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and increase bone mass in men with the condition.

"We are very pleased to add Binosto to our line of bone-health products," Mission Pharmacal president of commercial operations Terry Herring said. "With this exciting new treatment option, physicians can rest easily, knowing they are prescribing an easy-to-take and proven therapy for their osteoporosis patients that protects against fracture risk at the hip and spine."


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Rexall Pharma Plus applauds Ontario government’s move to expand pharmacy practice

BY Antoinette Alexander

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Frank Scorpiniti, CEO of Rexall Pharma Plus, issued a statement this week applauding the Ontario government’s announcement that it will expand the role of pharmacists to provide more options for Ontarians’ healthcare needs.

“On behalf of the over 700 Rexall Pharma Plus pharmacists located in communities all across Ontario, we support the Ontario government in its efforts to expand access to essential health services and increase immunization rates across the province, which results in healthier communities and lower overall healthcare costs,” Scorpiniti stated.

Pharmacists will now be able to provide additional services to patients, such as renewals and adaptations of existing prescriptions; prescribing medication to help people quit smoking; demonstrating how to use an asthma inhaler or inject insulin; chronic disease monitoring; and the administration of flu shots.

With flu season just around the corner, this announcement is particularly timely, as Ontarians now have the ability to receive flu shots in the pharmacy.

“Rexall is committed to making it easy for Ontarians to feel good about their health. We have invested in training and infrastructure to ensure we are ready to make it easier to receive the flu shot across the province,” Scorpiniti added.

All Rexall Pharma Plus pharmacists in Ontario are preparing to give the flu vaccine once it is available this season. The company is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Long‐Term Care and with Public Health Ontario to ensure that Ontarians have timely access to the vaccine once it is made available. The other professional services will be available once guidelines have been released by the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the company stated.

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