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Sabi looks to break ground with line of modern, stylized pill organizers

BY Jason Owen

DALLAS — A startup company is looking to broaden its distribution reach offering a bevy of new health-and-wellness organizers and accessories with a unique, modernized look, the company stated this week.

Sabi’s Vivacity line of pill organizers and accessories was designed with both functionality and style in mind, the company noted. The Vivacity line of products includes:

  • Chop — a pill splitter, to slice pills in half;
  • Carafe — a stackable drinking carafe with divided compartments to carry medications or vitamins;
  • Crush — an easy-to-use pill smasher;
  • Holster — an easy-to-carry clip-on travel pill box;
  • Folio — a weekly pill organizer with a lock-down top;
  • Shake — pill bottle that dispenses one pill at a time; and
  • Grande Carafe.

Sabi, an ancient Japanese word meaning a cultural aesthetic inspired by the notion of life’s transitory and evanescent nature, creates "products that are intuitively and beautifully designed in order to infuse life’s daily rituals with delight," the company states on their website. Their creations marry superb functionality, simplicity and aesthetics to make the most mundane to-dos — from taking your daily vitamins to taking out the trash — more enjoyable, the company continued.

To learn more about Sabi and see more product offerings, you can visit their website here.


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House passes drug-tracing legislation

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Monday to pass a bill that would establish national standards for the pharmaceutical supply chain.

The House passed H.R. 1919, the Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act of 2013, to monitor the movement of drugs through the chain, including manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies, creating new regulations for handling of drug products and notification rules concerning drugs potentially unsuitable for distribution. Reps. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and Jim Matheson, D-Utah, sponsored the legislation.

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association, a Washington-based trade group that represents the generic drug industry, heralded the move.

"GPhA strongly supports efforts that help set the stage for adoption of a pragmatic, uniform national standard for electronic prescription medicine tracking," GPhA president and CEO Ralph Neas said. "In addition, we support enhanced e-labeling that increases patient safety by modernizing the information exchange between pharmacies and manufacturers."

 

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AmeriCares honors Merck with Power of Partnership Award

BY Michael Johnsen

STAMFORD, Conn. — AmeriCares on Monday presented its annual Power of Partnership Award to Merck in recognition of the company’s commitment to helping disaster survivors and improving health in the developing world. Merck is one of AmeriCares most committed donors, providing both products and financial support for the global health and disaster relief organization’s aid programs, the organization stated. 

“Merck has demonstrated remarkable support for AmeriCares Emergency Response Program, as well as enormous compassion for disaster survivors,” stated Curt Welling, AmeriCares president and CEO. “With Merck’s help, we have assisted millions of people around the world in desperate need following earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and other emergencies. Most recently, in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Merck generously donated cash, vaccines and chronic care medications to aid survivors.”

Since 1989 Merck has provided AmeriCares with more than $210 million in medicines for distribution to 94 countries. The company’s support includes sponsoring a five-year program to combat cardiovascular disease in Uzbekistan and donating enough Hepatitis B vaccines to vaccinate 2,000 healthcare workers and medical students in a program that enhanced safety practices at one of Tanzania’s largest hospitals.

“Our focus at Merck is to do what it takes to save and improve lives around the world, and to do so, we must develop novel medicines and vaccines along with smart, innovative ways to expand access to them," stated Brenda Colatrella, exective director of corporate responsibility for Merck. "Our partnership with AmeriCares is one of the ways we achieve that — especially for communities in crisis. We know that the products we donate to AmeriCares are in good hands, and together, we will continue to help address critical health needs around the world."

Welling presented the award at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s Business and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. AmeriCares and HDMA created the Power of Partnership Award to recognize medical manufacturing and distribution organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to health care for disadvantaged populations.

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