PrescribeWellness passes million-patient mark
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — More than a million patients are receiving automated messages to increase immunizations, improve medication adherence and better manage chronic diseases, a company that developed a communication system for delivering the messages said Tuesday.
PrescribeWellness said the number of patients receiving messages marked a "significant milestone" as pharmacists have become a key source of health information and services for patients and an extension for primary care physicians, who are often not available to provide them due to a heavy workload. More than 200 million patients walk into retail pharmacies every week, according to the company.
"The pharmacy in America is evolving from a medication dispensary to the center of wellness for the communities they serve," PrescribeWellness CEO Al Babbington said. "We are proud to provide the software and services for independent pharmacies to successfully transition to this new model and deliver communications in the patient’s language of choice that serves their individual needs."
PTCB urges pharmacy technicians to be prepared for pharmacy crime
WASHINGTON — Pharmacy techs can be leaders in keeping their workplaces prepared for the possibility of pharmacy crime, a tech-training organization said.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board is promoting RxPatrol, an online resources that features pharmacy security tools, as a tool for pharmacy crime preparedness. These include the "REACT" crisis procedure, whose name stands for "Remain calm; be an Eyewitness; activate Alarm; Call police and Take charge after the robbery."
"Considering the prominent positions of pharmacy technicians on the front lines of pharmacies, PTCB recognizes the critical importance of preparation and training for the possible incident of a robbery," PTCB executive director and CEO Everett McAllister said. "Communication and collaboration among pharmacists and technicians are the keys to maintaining safety in the pharmacy."
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, armed robberies at pharmacies rose by 81% between 2006 and 2010, with the number of pills stolen increasing from 706,000 to 1.3 million during the same period. Pharmacies are often a target for criminals looking to steal pills they can sell on the black market, including medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and opioid painkillers.
Montagne Jeunesse introduces Clay Spas face masks
DENVER — Looking to revolutionize the skin care market is Montagne Jeunesse with its new Clay Spas face masks.
According to the company, Clay Spas are created with specially sourced clays infused into natural bamboo fabric, creating a completely new and never-seen-before type of face mask that makes cleansing better, quicker and easier than ever before.
The new Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spas (priced at $2.49 each) are 99% natural and offer enhanced skin care benefits with deep-cleansing action. The line is comprised of three face masks: Glacial Clay Spa, Red Earth Clay Spa and Dead Sea Spa Mud.
The products are available at Walmart and Ulta.