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Rexam’s Pill Timer seeks to improve medication adherence

BY Alaric DeArment

PERRYSBURG, Ohio Rexam is marketing a programmable pill timer that fits on its prescription vials that was developed under a partnership with Med Time Technology.

 

The two companies announced Tuesday the introduction of the Pill Timer, which uses software that can be programmed with audio and visual alerts to help people properly take their prescription medications. The Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System is one of the first healthcare organizations to adopt the product.

 

 

“The use of the Pill Timer will enable Henry Ford to help chronically ill patients manage their medication more effectively,” Henry Ford director of pharmacy Steve Duda said. “It’s an important breakthrough for our patients.”

 

 

Every year, poor medication management is estimated to cost the U.S. economy $300 billion and claim 300,000 lives, Rexam said.

 

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CRN head counters attacks on industry

BY DSN STAFF

MCLEAN, Va USA Today opinion piece published last month regarding a Consumer Reports attack on the dietary supplement industry. —The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s president and CEO Steve Mister supplied the “opposing view” to a

At issue was the public misconception that dietary supplements are unregulated. “While many users believe that sale of unsafe or ineffective supplements must be illegal, it is not,” USA Today opined, citing Consumer Reports. “The public has little protection from useless, fraudulent, dangerous or even deadly products, thanks to special protection Congress gave the industry in 1994.”

“Truth is, the Food and Drug Administration already has ample authority to regulate this industry,” Mister countered. Opinions of regulation aside, Consumer Reports had outlined problems with a dozen considered-to-be-dangerous herbal supplements—none of which would make any mass retailer’s best-seller list.

“The media circus surrounding the latest issue of Consumer Reports implicates the entire aisle of mainstream dietary supplements based on 12 ingredients that, combined, make up less than 1% of the marketplace,” Mister noted. “Yet given the attention, one would think these 12 herbs represent the mainstream dietary supplement aisle at your neighborhood pharmacy. They do not.” Mister added, “If any of these 12 ingredients is truly unsafe, then the FDA should ban its use.”

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Rewarding health care’s unsung heroes

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. —Nurse practitioners are critical players in today’s healthcare system, and all too often these professionals are the “unsung heroes” of health care. In an effort to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their efforts and share their stories, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress once again featured Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence.

Taking home the CARE Lifetime Achievement Award (a.k.a., the Loretta Ford Award) was Susan Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing/director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine. Additional award winners included:

Unsung Hero Awards—Deb Paffenroth, Aurora QuickCare; Caroline Stein, Target Clinic; and Vicki Mitchell, The Little Clinic;

Lifesaver Awards—Jennifer Tucker, Minute-Clinic; Phyllis Smith, Take Care Health Systems; and Ann Maag, RediClinic;

Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Award—Ann Marie Coppen, Lindora;

Service Award—Angie Swatfager, MinuteClinic;

Leadership Award—Mike Ayotte, CVS Caremark/MinuteClinic; and

Academic Leadership Award—Patricia Starck, University of Texas School of Nursing

To salute the passage of Senate resolution 585, which created the National Convenient Care Clinic Week, Retail Clinician and the CCA presented Lt. Col. Corina Barrow of the Army Nurse Corps and currently the Nurse Corps Detailee for Sen. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, with a special CARE Champion Award. In addition, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who addressed RCEC attendees via a video feed shot from the governor’s office, was presented with a CARE Champion Award for the work he has done to advance the scope of practice of nurse practitioners in his state.

Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA, presented a special joint CARE Leadership Award to CCA’s board of directors, including Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic; Web Golinkin, president and CEO at RediClinic; Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer at Take Care Health Systems; Janet Teske, manager, Aurora QuickCare; Ken Berndt, director of Bellin FastCare; and Cynthia Graff, president and CEO of Lindora.

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