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NCR Corp., SoloHealth sign three-year health kiosk maintenance contract

BY Alaric DeArment

DULUTH, Ga. — NCR Corp. is partnering with health kiosk maker SoloHealth to service interactive consumer healthcare kiosks at retailers as SoloHealth rolls them out around the country, the two companies said Tuesday.

NCR’s services group has signed a three-year contract with SoloHealth to provide on-site repairs after the units are installed in what the companies expect to be more than 2,500 retail locations by the middle of 2013.

The stations, which provide screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, symptoms checking, body mass index and overall health, will be installed in mass merchandise, drug and grocery stores, including Walmart and Sam’s Club.

"With health care such a vital and hot topic, NCR is very excited to be working with SoloHealth to make an easy-to-use health monitoring and assessment solution available to thousands of Americans and keep these thousands of innovative devices up and running for retailers looking to drive store traffic and build shopper loyalty," NCR VP retail sales Bill Barton said.


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CSPN, Dara BioSciences enter distribution contract for breast cancer drug

BY Alaric DeArment

DREXEL HILL, Pa. — The Community Specialty Pharmacy Network has entered a contract with Dara BioSciences to distribute a nonsteroidal anti-estrogen product.

CSPN announced the agreement with Dara to distribute Soltamox (tamoxifen) solution for oral administration. The drug, a treatment for breast cancer, is for patients who have difficulty swallowing pills.

"Compliance and adherence to prescribed tamoxifen therapy is a critical issue in patient care and may affect treatment outcomes," Dara BioSciences VP sales, marketing and business development David Benharris said. "Soltamox provides a unique treatment option for those patients with swallowing difficulties or who simply prefer an oral liquid over tablet or pills."


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MediSafe Project launches cloud-synced medication-reminder app

BY Alaric DeArment

HAIFA, Israel — MediSafe Project has launched what it called the first cloud-synced mobile app to help prevent emergencies caused by over- or under-dosing medications.

The app, which is available for Android devices and compatible with iPhones and iPads, is designed to remind users when it’s time to take medications and also send alerts to family members, friends and caretakers.

Brothers Rotem and Omri Shor started the MediSafe Project as a way to lower hospitalization and mortality rates, promote sustainable behavior changes that prolong health, decrease healthcare costs and help drug companies understand barriers to medication compliance. The inspiration came from their diabetic father’s accidental double dose of insulin.

"Am American dies every 19 minutes from skipping medication or taking meeds incorrectly — the problem costs U.S. hospitals $100 billion every year," Omri Shor, the MediSafe Project’s CEO, said. "MediSafe Project combats the staggering problem of medication non-compliance using everyday technology and the power of support systems to integrate healthier behaviors into patients’ lives."


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