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Pharmacy Technology Products

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‣ NCR Prescription Drop-Off Simplifies Rx Process

NCR Corp (Dayton, OH) recently launched NCR Prescription Drop-Off, a self-service kiosk solution that makes it simpler for retail pharmacy patients to drop off and pay for prescriptions during and after business hours. This multichannel solution helps individuals avoid lines and eliminate multiple trips to the pharmacy by simplifying routine transactions. New prescriptions are submitted via the kiosk while refill requests can be made via kiosk, phone, or Web. Once the request is made, the patient receives a bar-coded receipt, and the request is forwarded to the pharmacist. When the order is ready, an e-mail, phone, or text alert is generated and sent directly to the patient, who presents the bar-coded receipt to the cashier or pays for the prescription at the kiosk. Patients have the option of printing information about specific drugs or conditions at the kiosk or requesting that this information be sent to them as an e-mail. For more information, visit www.ncr.com, or call 800-CALL-NCR (800-225-5627).



‣ DIR Helps Patients Take Their Meds

HealthHonors' (Norwell, MA) technology platform Dynamic Intermittent Reinforcement (DIR) delivers patients the opportunity for immediate rewards in the form of points, as determined by a suite of complex behavioral algorithms. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP recently implemented the technology platform to help patients remember to take their medicine as prescribed. HealthHonors DIR technology harnesses principles developed by behaviorist B. F. Skinner, including the use of intermittent reinforcement schedules, a linked behavior/ reward sequence, and education to condition patients. The patient-centered solution is convenient, simple, and fun, resulting in increased utilization and greater sustainability. The DIR technology is fully automated, scalable, and easily integrated into each client?fs front-end consumer platform. For more information, visit www.healthhonors.com.



‣ RxSpec 700Z Detects Counterfeit Drugs

ASD Inc's (Boulder, CO) RxSpec 700Z is a portable counterfeit drug detection system. The system can analyze any oral solid dosage drug on the spot, regardless of location. With a wavelength range of 350 to 2500 nm, the RxSpec 700Z not only analyzes the active pharmaceutical ingredient, but the entire chemical compound as well. The result is a complete ?gfingerprint?h that either confirms the authenticity or identifies the pill as counterfeit. The RxSpec 700Z provides true portability with AC/DC operation; real-time results on the spot; nondestructive, no sample preparation or waste; and complete chemical analysis. The RxSpec 700Z works by lifting the lid and placing the tablet on the analysis window. Touch the icon that corresponds to the drug in question on the touch-screen computer, and within seconds, the system indicates whether the product is genuine or counterfeit using pass or fail indicators. For more information, visit www.asdi.com.



‣ flexTRAX Offers FSA Solution

KeyCentrix Inc (Wichita, KS) and Retail Management Solutions (Olympia, WA) have collaborated to develop a flexible spending account (FSA) card processing solution. The new company, flexTRAX Solutions, provides independent pharmacies with an alternative to a traditional point of sale (POS) and enables pharmacies to continue processing FSA cards after January 1, 2009, when a new IRS regulation becomes effective. The flexTRAX system is an IIAS-compliant system that enables pharmacies to continue accepting FSA cards. Pharmacies can use flexTRAX to ring up sales; verify which items are FSA eligible; tender payments by FSA card, credit/debit card, cash, or check; and print receipts. The flexTRAX application runs on a Windows PC with minimal hardware and verifies each item against the SIGIS Eligible Items List; therefore, pharmacies must register with SIGIS to use flexTRAX. The registration also ensures that the pharmacy is placed on the SIGIS Merchant List. For more information, visit www.flextraxsolutions.com.