Pharmacy Technology Products

JANUARY 01, 2009

Pill Phone Reminds Patients to Take Meds

VOCEL's (San Diego, CA) Pill Phone is a patented health care tool for medication management that has been approved by the FDA. The phone enables wireless customers to personalize and schedule audio and visual alerts reminding them to take their prescribed medications at the right time. The Pill Phone also includes content from The Pill Book, a guide to >1800 commonly prescribed and OTC drugs. Individuals can easily access critical information on indications, dosing, side effects, drug interactions, and view images to identify specific pills. The innovative tool is useful for adults and children who are taking multiple medications for chronic conditions. With the Pill Phone, users download the application to their mobile phones. Using their phone number and personal identification number, individuals can safely set up their accounts and access their medication information on a secure Web site. Responses to dosing reminders are recorded in a medication administration record that can be viewed online by subscribers or designated caregivers to monitor adherence to dosing regimens. An optional feature notifies parents or caregivers if the patient fails to respond to a medication reminder. Parents or caregivers can receive an e-mail or text message if the patient misses a dose or does not respond to a reminder. For more information, visit

MethCheck Rx Keeps Pharmacies Compliant

Appriss Inc's (Louisville, KY) MethCheck Rx provides a single point of contact for managing compliance, while tracking pseudoephedrine (PSE) purchase limits, box limits, pill counts, and acceptable forms of identification. The solution communicates with state electronic PSE repositories, allowing pharmacies to stay compliant without maintaining multiple interfaces. Pharmacies can enter transactions into MethCheck Rx 3 ways. The Web portal option attaches a small scanner to a computer with Internet access. All transaction information is electronic. Scanning of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA)-signature slip makes the Web option CMEA compliant. The standalone MethCheck Rx machine scans UPCs, captures purchaser information from driver's license 2D, 1D, or magnetic strips. This option only requires a phone line or network cable. MethCheck Rx also can integrate with a pharmacy's point-of-sale (POS) system. Using Web services, MethCheck Rx can pass information back and forth with a POS real time to integrate into a cashier's or pharmacy technician's normal workflow. For more information, visit, or call 866-277-7477.

AU MEDS Improves Patient Safety

MedAccuracy LLC's (Lenexa, KS) AU MEDS is an observation-based medication error detection system (MEDS) available to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and other inpatient health care institutions. The system empowers hospitals to identify, measure, and determine previously undetected medication administration errors; analyze "clue to cause" of errors; evaluate the effectiveness of error prevention strategies and technologies; and enhance the culture of safety with the collaboration between pharmacy and nursing. AU MEDS has 3 primary components: (1) a special training program that assists hospital employees in detection and classification errors; (2) proprietary software for data analysis; and (3) ongoing quality control support services as designed and implemented by Auburn University. For more information, visit

D60PCV Provides Dual Functionality for Pharmacies

Pharmacy Automation Systems Inc's (Largo, FL) D60PCV is a patented system that dispenses to both vials and punch cards. It can automate a pharmacy's prescriptions to vials and give them punch card filling automation from the same system. The D60PCV system will dispense pills to vials at an approximate rate of 240 a minute, or can fill two 31-day punch cards a minute. The machine also dispenses up to 60 different dry medications. The D60PCV accommodates multicanister dispenses, which allows a pharmacy to have the same National Drug Code (NDC) in more than one canister. The system will go to the next canister housing the same NDC when a canister is empty and complete the script. The D60PCV also can be replenished in the middle of the script filling process. With its small footprint, the automation system features touch screen technology and functions as a stand-alone unit only requiring the pharmacy software's specific bar-coded prescription label. For more information, visit, or call 800-448-8768.