Accessible Labels for Visually Impaired Patients Now Offered by Fruth Pharmacy

Huntington, WV – (December 29, 2014) Fruth Pharmacy is now offering two solutions for persons who cannot read the print on their prescription drug container labels. Often those who are visually impaired, elderly, or have other print-impaired disabilities find their independence and safety endangered by inadvertently taking the wrong medication, the wrong amount or under the wrong instructions because they cannot read the label. Patients can receive either ScripTalk audible labels or ScripView large print labels based on their need.

ScripTalk is an audible prescription reader. The ScripTalk label is embedded with a microchip and is programmed with all the printed label data. The patient places the container onto a small hand-held reader, and with the press of a button, is able to listen to the information including patient name, drug name and instructions, pharmacy contact information, warnings and more. Deaf-Blind users can request ScripTalk User software to export text to their Braille browser display.

ScripView is a large-print, booklet-style label attached to the prescription container. It provides easy access to the prescription label for those with low vision. The label contains all the same information as the pharmacy’s regular label, but in large print, as well as a 2D barcode that can be scanned by an iOS device for an audible version using the ScripView app.

The ScripTalk service is free. To receive ScripTalk or ScripView prescriptions customers should contact Fruth Pharmacy at 304-525-0507. Fruth Pharmacy offers delivery of prescriptions and customers can also have additional items delivered along with their prescriptions.

About Fruth Pharmacy: Fruth Pharmacy offers all the services of large chain drug stores while maintaining the principles that made Fruth – “Your Hometown, Family Pharmacy.” Fruth offers a full line pharmacy with over the counter medications, health and beauty products, groceries, household items, and a wide selection of gifts, including balloons and flowers. Fruth pharmacists are involved in their local communities and develop strong relationships with their customers in order to better serve them.

About En-Vision America: En-Vision America, Inc. is provides products aimed at solving problems for those with visual impairments. Founded by Philip C. and David B. Raistrick in 1996, they began by inventing products to help blind family members. The cornerstone of the company is to provide customers with greater independence through technology. For more information about ScripAbility products or to find out if there is another pharmacy located near you or a loved one contact En-Vision America at 309-452-3088 or visit http://www.envisionamerica.com/products/scripability/

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If you would like more information about this topic please call 309-452-3088 or email sglass@envisionamerica.com

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Fruth Pharmacy Invests in Innovation’s PharmASSIST Symphony High-Volume Workflow Technology for New Central Fill Site

West Virginia-based Chain Cites Pharmacy Automation Leader’s Flexibility as Key to Engagement

JOHNSON CITY, NY – January 29, 2015 – Innovation, makers of PharmASSIST® pharmacy automation solutions, today announced that Fruth Pharmacy has purchased the firm’s PharmASSIST Symphony® high-volume workflow management and process optimization software for a new central fill site in Nitro, West Virginia. The central fill site will process most of the refill prescriptions for the retail chain’s 26 pharmacies throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

“Our goal is to launch a new central fill site to help ease the burden of prescription filling on our in-store pharmacies and free up staff to better provide patient counseling and immunization services,” said Tim Weber, Vice President, Fruth Pharmacy. “We have a unique scenario in which we can redeploy existing in-store robotic dispensing and pharmacy management technologies. We can then augment these key components with the Symphony high-volume workflow software, which will serve as the control center for the site’s prescription filling, order management, packaging, and delivery.”

Fruth customers can still expect same-day service at their local pharmacy. Weber said in most cases a patient’s refill will be enrolled in an auto-fill program and be ready and waiting for them at the store 2-3 days before the prescription is due to run out.

Innovation will serve as the systems integrator for the project. Weber said it was challenging to find the right technology vendor for the project due to the existing disparate systems. “Innovation was a great fit for us because of their willingness to work with our existing technologies and bring it all together for us,” said Weber. “We are also very impressed with their Symphony high-volume capabilities, and are looking forward to bringing the central fill site to fruition.”

“The sheer flexibility of our various automation and software solutions, along with our professional services skill set, enables us to work with any type of pharmacy in any situation,” said Doyle Jensen, VP, global business development. “In this case, we’re helping Fruth Pharmacy leverage their investment in existing technologies and augment them with next generation, high-volume workflow management.”

About Fruth Pharmacy

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 26 stores in Ohio and West Virginia. Fruth Pharmacy is proud to have been “Your Hometown, Family Pharmacy,” for over 60 years. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit www.fruthpharmacy.com.

About Innovation

Innovation is the leading provider of Pharmacy Intelligence™ and pharmacy automation to the retail, hospital, government, and mail order pharmacy markets. Our PharmASSIST® and RxSafe® families of pharmacy automation and process optimization solutions enable all types of pharmacies to increase operational efficiency, enhance patient safety, and provide a higher quality of patient care. For more information, visit www.innovat.com.

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Fruth Pharmacy on Oakwood Road Celebrates 25 Years

DSCN9221Point Pleasant, WV (December 29, 2014) –  Fruth Pharmacy, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Oakwood Road location will be celebrating serving the Charleston area for 25 years on January 7th, 2015.

Oakwood Road opened up as the 14th location during Fruth Pharmacy’s expansion period in 1990.  Fruth Pharmacy now has 27 locations in Ohio and West Virginia.

As a way to say “Thank You” to the Charleston community for 25 great years, Fruth Pharmacy will be holding a special two week event at the Oakwood Road location.

On the first day of the birthday celebration, customers arriving will be treated to FREE goody bags (while supplies last), balloons for the kids, birthday cake, and more.   There will be prizes in-store to register for all week long – and Electric 102 will join the celebration at 10:00 a.m. with a live radio remote.  Additional prizes will be given away on 14_PreparesforBirthdayair!

Amongst this celebration, the Oakwood Road location is also welcoming new technology for their prescription labels.  Currently, this technology is only being featured in three of Fruth Pharmacy’s locations.  This technology, by Accessamed, will make prescription labels easier to follow for the vision impaired.

Accessamed has developed a digital audio label that will speak to the patient.  The label permanently adheres to the prescription bottle or package. A patient simply pushes a red button on the new electronic label and the instructions for taking the medicine will be provided to the patient in a clear and robust voice.  The digital audio label does not require expensive or complicated reading systems for users. The printed label will also continue to be on the prescription bottle.

“We are excited to collaborate with Fruth Pharmacy during this trial for its visually impaired customers,” said Carly Langdon, Executive Vice President of AccessaMed™. “For the blind, low vision and senior communities, taking prescription medication can often be an unnerving and unsafe situation. We find it commendable that Fruth recognizes this and is proactively finding the right solution for its customers.”

ABOUT FRUTH PHARMACY:

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 27 stores in Ohio and West Virginia. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit our website at http://www.fruthpharmacy.com.AccessMedExample

ABOUT ACCESSAMED, INC.

The founders of AccessaMed™ identified the need for accessible prescription drug labeling firsthand. To address the concern, AccessaMed™ created the Digital Audio Label (patent pending), the new generation in accessible prescription drug labeling solution for blind, low vision and seniors. It complies with the Americans with Disability Act and Section 904 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act. For more information, visit our website, Facebook and Twitter. For inquiries, please call (360) 696-5955 or email info@accessamed.com. Be Safe. Be Independent.

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Fruth Pharmacy Launches New Technology Prescription Label for Vision Impaired

AccessMedExampleCharleston, WV (December 5, 2014) – Fruth Pharmacy on Oakwood Road is excited to unveil new technology to make prescription label reading easier for the visually impaired.

Prescription label reading can be difficult for those with poor vision.  Often, the small size of the labels required to fit on the bottle make it difficult for patients to read.  A new technology by Accessamed will soon eliminate this issue for Fruth’s patients.  Accessamed has developed a digital audio label that will speak to the patient.  The label permanently adheres to the prescription bottle or package. A patient simply pushes a red button on the new electronic label and the instructions for taking the medicine will be provided to the patient in a clear and robust voice.  The digital audio label does not require expensive or complicated reading systems for users. The printed label will also continue to be on the prescription bottle.

“We are excited to collaborate with Fruth Pharmacy during this trial for its visually impaired customers,” said Carly Langdon, Executive Vice President of AccessaMed™. “For the blind, low vision and senior communities, taking prescription medication can often be an unnerving and unsafe situation. We find it commendable that Fruth recognizes this and is proactively finding the right solution for its customers.”

Currently, this technology will only be available at select Charleston, Huntington, and Point Pleasant, WV locations until further notice.  Please contact your Fruth Pharmacy for details.

ABOUT FRUTH PHARMACY:

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 27 stores in Ohio and West Virginia. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit our website at http://www.fruthpharmacy.com.

ABOUT ACCESSAMED, INC.

The founders of AccessaMed™ identified the need for accessible prescription drug labeling firsthand. To address the concern, AccessaMed™ created the Digital Audio Label (patent pending), the new generation in accessible prescription drug labeling solution for blind, low vision and seniors. It complies with the Americans with Disability Act and Section 904 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act. For more information, visit our website, Facebook and Twitter. For inquiries, please call (360) 696-5955 or email info@accessamed.com. Be Safe. Be Independent.

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Fruth Pharmacy Celebrates Heart Healthy Month with Free Screenings

Point Pleasant, W.Va. (February 15, 2015) – February is Heart Healthy Month and Fruth Pharmacy will be celebrating corporate wide with free blood pressure screenings. DSCN9661

On Saturday, February 21, all 26 Fruth Pharmacy locations will be offering blood pressure screenings from 10 am – 2 pm.  Waverly & Ironton locations will be offering blood pressure screenings on both Friday, February 20th and Saturday, February 21st from 10 am – 2 pm.  Select stores will also have free blood glucose screenings.  Nursing, pharmacy students, and other pharmacy professionals will be in the stores this day to answer questions regarding heart health.  Free product samples will be available and customersLoganBloodPressureShot (1) participating in health screenings may be eligible to enter a contest held in-store.

Small changes can make a big impact on heart health.  Fruth Pharmacy would like to remind patients concerned with heart health to set small goals to increase their success in maintaining healthy heart choices.  Some easy heart healthy tips:

  • Get up and move around. Walking around for a few minutes every hour can help your heart health.
  • Cut 100 calories per day. Cutting 100 calories a day can add up to 10 pounds lost in a year.
  • Breathe deeply. Slow, deep breathing can lower blood pressure, help with relaxation, and relieve stress.
  • Eat 1 fruit and 1 vegetable every day. Replacing one snack or a starchy food with a fruit or vegetable will help your heart.
  • Include whole grains. Whole grains can reduce LDL, the bad cholesterol. They keep you feeling full longer and are packed with vitamins missing from processed grains.
  • Lose 10 pounds. You can lower your blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular risks by losing just 10 pounds. Set a smaller goal of losing 10 pounds so as not to get discouraged. Small changes can make a big difference.

bloodpressureIf you need more information regarding heart health, please contact your local Fruth Pharmacy.  You can view all 26 store locations and store hours at www.fruthpharmacy.com

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 26 locations in Ohio and West Virginia.  For over 60 years, we have been proud to be “Your Hometown, Family Pharmacy”.

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