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Azova launches Azova 360

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Digital health platform Azova on Monday introduced Azova 360 — a mobile e-health platform. Azova said the platform connects pharmacists with patients 24/7 using a proprietary, cloud-based digital solution that pharmacists, physicians and employers can implement without software.

Azova 360 can serve as the middleware between pharmacy systems, pharmacy electronic medical records and employer health administrative software, allowing providers to provide patient care at any time.

“Azova has pioneered a new way to drive digital e-health services into community workflow, not just for providers but for patients and employers,” said Ashton Maraaba, Azova senior vice president of digital innovation and operations. “Azova gives any healthcare venue the option and access to connect into an open healthcare ecosystem, anywhere and anytime. This is the first time all the dots in the healthcare ecosystem are open for connectivity, without traditional fuzziness created by complex software which oft-times impact care flow.”

The company also said it was investing in building a data insights engine that would enable a pharmacist to better connect with patients and help patients better understand what a pharmacist is educating them about. Azova said that it enables improved patient health outcomes, while decreasing drug abandonment through a data-driven assessment.

“We have made tremendous progress in bringing innovative digital health tools to our clients and their patients since our initial launch in June of 2015,” said Azova CEO Cheryl Lee Eberting. “We are expanding our reach to pharmacists, physicians, behavioral health providers and employers focused on achieving better wellness scores for their employee across the country through true collaboration in patient care.”

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Tampax intros menstrual cup

BY David Salazar

Procter & Gamble’s Tampax brand is bringing a new offering to its lineup of menstrual care products. The brand on Thursday unveiled the Tampax Cup — a menstrual cup that it said was developed with input from hundreds of women and such experts as a practicing OBGYN.

“For years, I’ve heard from my patients about how they want to try menstrual cups, but the options available just didn’t meet their needs – they didn’t feel secure, put pressure on their bladders or just were simply uncomfortable to wear,” said Megan Kessler, a practicing OBGYN and collaborator on the Tampax Cup.

Kessler said that Tampax’s research included various consumer-use tests, clinical tests, MRI imaging and real-life tests. As a result, she said “we were able to understand how the smallest details can make a huge difference in the cup’s design and experience for women overall.”

Tampax said the Tampax Cup was meant to be more comfortable for a variety of body types. The product’s features include a SoftCurve shape designed to reduce pressure on the bladder, sizing customized to a user’s flow, extra grips to aid in removal and a discreet carrying case for the cup, which is made of medical-grade silicone.

“We’re very proud of Tampax’s long history of innovation that not only meets women’s period needs, but gives them the ability to feel comfortable, safe and confident while on their periods. That’s why only products that have been fully tested and offer something different to meet her needs make it into women’s hands,” said Rebecca Stoebe-Latham, P&G senior scientist, fem care R&D. “We weren’t first to introduce menstrual cups as we took the time needed to create something that really delivered what women want and need. When developing the Tampax Cup, we tested, tested again, and tested some more until we were confident we created a menstrual cup that truly meets her needs and fits her body down to the smallest but crucial details.”

The product will be available at select retailers in two sizes — regular flow and heavy flow — and a starter pack for both sizes also will be available to help consumers figure out which size works best at different points in their cycle, the company said.

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McKesson aids customers and employees affected by Hurricane Michael

BY Sandra Levy

McKesson is offering assistance to meet the needs of customers, employees and communities impacted by Hurricane Michael and its aftermath.

McKesson said it has significant operations in the southeastern United States and has taken proactive steps to prepare for Hurricane Michael and its aftermath, despite how quickly the storm developed. McKesson has warehouse and distribution operations in the areas of impact, including Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and more. To ensure service isn’t disrupted, McKesson said it has safeguarded all locations by providing satellite phones and backup generators to full operations throughout the storm. Employees from other U.S. facilities are always on standby to travel and support relief efforts as needed.

In addition, the company has coordinated with specialty couriers to plan for the eventuality of emergency shipments. Based on McKesson’s experience in disaster preparedness, the company has increased its on-hand inventory of medications, potable water, antibiotics, vaccines, insulin, dialysis equipment, and other supplies that are frequently needed following a storm at nearby warehouses and neighboring distribution centers.

Before Hurricane Michael made landfall, McKesson said its representatives were busy doing outreach to pharmacy, clinic and hospital customers in impacted areas to emphasize the importance of being prepared by, for example, ensuring they have sufficient inventory and critical medications on hand in case of road closures or unpredictable delivery schedules.

McKesson has activated the Get You to Safety grants, a part of the McKesson Taking Care of Our Own Fund. This grant is provided to McKesson employees who need to evacuate their residences during government-declared disasters. The grant assists employees with any evacuation-related costs such as food, water, shelter, clothing, transportation or medical assistance.

RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions, a unit of McKesson, is participating in Healthcare Ready’s Rx Open. This network helps patients find nearby pharmacies that are open for business in areas impacted by disaster. For the patient looking to fill an essential prescription in or nearby affected areas, this tool could be critical. RxOpen works by combining multiple sources of information from across the industry– including RelayHealth –and using Google Maps to display open pharmacies in the impacted area.

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