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VoicePort announces the launch of its Medication Synchronization program

BY Jason Owen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — VoicePort, LLC announced today the launch of its Medication Synchronization automated solution with two U. S. pharmacy chain clients and are in final stage negotiations with several others in support of helping pharmacies deliver increased patient health-and-wellness.

"Allowing pharmacy patients the opportunity to pick up multiple prescription medications once a month has shown to significantly improve a patients "proportion days covered" on their medications," said Alphonse J. Sasso, VP of business development. Sasso continued, "When consumers stay adherent to their maintenance medications it translates to improved patient health outcomes while also increasing pharmacy sales and profits, a true, win/win solution."

VoicePort’s systems leverage a front-end analysis tool to help pharmacies identify patients who qualify to participate, identifies what medication should be used to anchor the synchronized refills and also calculates the required short fills necessary to get each patient on a once-a-month pick up schedule. Pharmacies are also supported through an automated calling system from VoicePort to enroll patients in the synchronization program, to schedule the pharmacist-patient counseling sessions and to alert patients when their medications are ready for pick up. VoicePort also makes available back-end analytics tools to help measure pharmacy progress on keeping patients on schedule with their medications; a complete turn-key solution to help deliver greater patient health-and-wellness.

"Capitalizing on our technology and automation helps pharmacies to focus on their patients to offer added care and instruction," said Christopher J. Mann, president and CEO of VoicePort, LLC. VoicePort’s solutions are automated to complement its pharmacy partner’s workflow to deliver added efficiencies and improved Medication Adherence for their client’s pharmacy patients. "We are very excited to have the chance to work with our North American clients to leverage our technology to improve the patients overall health-and-wellness," said Mann.

VoicePort also announced today a new strategic partnership with Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS), a company that offers analytical measurement tools on key pharmacy performance metrics in support of Medicare Part D Star Rating measures. The EQuIPPTM system from PQS offers neutral assessment of quality-related performance and lays a foundation for performance-based contracts and payment systems for pharmacy networks. "Offering our clients these enhanced measurement analytic tools will allow them to track their performance on a consistent and standardized format as they roll out key pharmacy adherence and clinical programs", " added Mann.  "We are very excited to offer this added level of pharmacy collaboration in support of healthcare plans in an automated format to help measure progress on key metrics within the pharmacy."

VoicePort’s PharmaPhonetics Patient solutions delivers cost-effective, automated, personalized, intelligent, and interactive unified communications that connects directly to the patients on behalf of the pharmacy. Their services include prescription pick-up and refill reminder notifications, health awareness/medical therapy review messaging, patient counseling, translation, education, and instruction services, mobile applications focused for pharmacy or front end, automated Web-based appointment scheduling services and patient co-payment assistance programs. The Unified Patient Communication platform enables permission based phone, text, e-mail, Web and mobile notifications that are dynamically personalized to individual patients and their specific needs.


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Wellco Brands’ Healerz For Noses selected for Walmart’s ‘Get on the Shelf’ contest

BY Jason Owen

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Wellco Brands debut product, Healerz For Noses has been selected for Walmart’s #GetOnTheShelf contest to test the product’s commercial viability. To see the product video and vote, visit the "Get on the Shelf" page.

Voting runs from now through September 2. Viewers may vote once per day per product. To vote for a product, visit the product’s page and click the Vote button. Judges will use vote totals as an indicator of public support, to help give them an idea of products’ commercial viability.

Healerz For Noses is a pain relief cream targeted to soothe the delicate skin under the nose that becomes irritated during cold and allergy season. Currently there is no other product on retail shelves that is indicated for this use, according to the company. The formula contains lidocaine for pain relief, benzalkonium chloride antiseptic to help guard against infection and aloe for its soothing properties, all in a non-greasy base.

Healerz For Noses is specially packaged in single-use packets providing convenient, on-the-go options for consumers. It is available in 6-count trial size and 24-count family size packaging. For more information, visit our website at healerz4health.com.


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Coca-Cola Foundation donates $8.8 million to global charities, including $1.9 million to health, wellness programs

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA — The philanthropic arm of the Coca-Cola Co. is donating nearly $9 million to organizations focused on well-being, community development and environmental protection.

The Coca-Cola Foundation announced that it had awarded $8.8 million to 66 organizations around the world between April and June of this year. Of that, $1.9 million went to physical activity and well-being programs; $4.6 million went to education, community improvement and social well-being; and $2.3 million went to environmental programs, such as water stewardship and recycling. The programs are in countries like Uruguay, Finland and Japan.

"The Coca-Cola Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the communities in the 200-plus countries where we operate," foundation chairwoman and Coca-Cola Co. VP global community connections Lisa Borders said. "These organizations are creating the type of change needed to improve people’s lives, build sustainable communities and enhance our environment for future generations."

Healthy living organizations receiving awards included DESEM Del Uruguay, $15,000; Valo, Valtakunnallinen Liikunta Ja Urhiluorganisaatio Ry, Finland, $400,000; and NPO Japan Running Promotion Organization, $190,000.  


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