Keeping Track; New In-Home System Helps Patient Stay Compliant

Patients who have a difficult time maintaining their medication regimens have the option of hooking into a new system that could help foster compliance. Available from Fremont, Calif.-based Aprex Corp. is Dosing Partners, an in-home electronic medication monitoring and support service. The new system was developed in conjunction with Pfizer Inc.

The system is available to patients through their employers or through managed care organizations, Janice Wohltmann, chairman and CEO, Aprex, told Drug Topics. Individuals can enroll by calling a toll-free number: 1-(800) 916-3535.

“Dosing Partners demonstrates how the emerging field of telemedicine can assist patients with their medication-taking in the privacy and comfort of their homes,” Wohltmann explained. We can now electronically measure when people take their medicines and call them on the phone to get them back on track when they miss taking their medications as they need to.”

Once enrolled, participants will receive a Dosing Partners starter kit from Aprex, The kit contains a SmartCap and bottle for each monitored medication.

While SmartCap resembles a regular pill bottle cap, it has advancing numbers that let the user know how many times the bottle was opened each day and how long it has been since it was last opened. The SmartCap can also be set to beep when it is time for a medication dose. And in the process, SmartCap electronically stores all the data.

The starter kit also includes a HomeLink, a modem that plugs into the participant’s phone line. At the end of the day, the patient sets the SmartCap on the HomeLink. The HomeLink then sends to the Dosing Partners health team, which includes nurses, pharmacists, and other health-care professionals, a summary of the information that was stored in the SmartCap. If a compliance problem is detected, a member of the health-care team will contact the patient the next day and urge him or her to get back on track.

At the end of the month, the patient will receive a summary report of all recorded information. If the participant requests it, a summary will also be mailed to his or her physician. Complete confidentiality is maintained at all times, Aprex said.

“Dosing Partners is not geared to the occasional users of antibiotics for, say, a urinary tract infection,” Wohltmann said. “It is geared to those individuals with serious conditions who could run up a high health-care bill from noncompliance with medications.”

Persons who might especially benefit from the system are those with epilepsy, Type II diabetes, or women with highrisk pregnancies. Aprex hopes that large employers will market Dosing Partners to their employees or retirees as part of their wellness programs.

The cost of participating in Dosing Partners is about $2.50 daily, or $75 per month, with an initial installation cost of around $250. In the long run, this will cost the health-care system fewer dollars than hospitalizations or emergency room visits resulting from medication noncompliance, Wohltmann maintained.

Revco D.S. Inc., Twinsburg, Ohio, may consider offering Dosing Partners to its patients. “Revco is always interested in anything that could prevent noncompliance with medications,” said Tom Dingledy, director of public relations-Revco. Agreeing with Aprex that the cost of the system would be less than the cost of medical care for noncompliance, Dingledy said a deciding factor might be whether or not Revco would share in the profit margins for Dosing Partners.

Source Citation   (MLA 7th Edition)

Gannon, Kathi. “Keeping track; new in-home system helps patient stay compliant.” Drug Topics 6 Feb. 1995: 60. General OneFile. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.


Eckerd Weighing Employee Drug-Testing Program

Jack Eckerd Corp. of Clearwater, Fla., is billing itself as the first major drug chain in the nation to enact a mandatorydrug-testing policy for employees. Currently, its program (“Latelines,” Drug Topics, Nov. 6) is being pilot-tested in 350 of the chain’s 1,594 stores.

Drug use widespread: The impetus for the policy comes from a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study showing that more than two-thirds of the people entering today’s work force have used illegal drugs. In adopting the new program, Eckerd joins an estimated two-thirds of the Fortune 1000 companies who plan to test all job applicants by 1990.

At Eckerd, all workers in the pilot stores must now provide periodic urine samples. Every employee who accepts a promotion must be tested as well. The drug policy, launched in July, also calls for drug-testing of all job applicants as a condition of employment.

In addition, drivers of company vehicles must be drug-tested. Affected, too, are workers charged with a traffic violation while driving a company-owned vehicle.

Any employee involved in a work-related accident requiring medical treatment or loss of work time must also be checked for drug use.

Employees testing positive for illegal drug use are suspended from work without pay and required to seek medical assistance. Eckerd further requires a physician’s certification that these employees are not drug- or alcohol-dependent before they can return to work.

Workers with substance abuse problems must enroll in rehabilitation programs and are considered by the company to be on a medical leave of absence.

The cost of rehabilitation is covered by insurance for employees enrolled in a company health plan. After completion of a rehabilitation program, an employee returning to work must submit to random drug-testing for two years.

The pilot program also includes the establishment of an employee assistance program designed to provide counseling to workers with substance abuse problems.

Eckerd said statictics on the number of tests administered thus far or the number of workers testing positive for drugs have not been completely compiled yet. But so far, the company is pleased with the reception the program has had among employees.

Controversial: While Eckerd believes it is making a contribution in the war on drugs, such policies around the nation are not without controversy.

The American Pharmaceutical Association supports antidrug programs in the work force that provide rehabilitation, but not blanket testing programs that include punitive measures against workers, said Brian Hyps, an APhA lobbyist. Education, not punishment, is the preferred method of treating substance abuse, he said.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a watchdog group monitoring constitutional rights, takes a harder line. The ACLU calls mandatory drug testing unlawful, claiming that it’s an invasion of personal privacy and a violation of American legal precedent. But the ACLU does support drug testing of employees in cases where obvious erratic behavior is thought to be a result of substance abuse, said Deborah Ellis, legal director of the Newark, N.J., ACLU chapter.

Eckerd executives believe the need for a drug-free workplace is crucial to the health and well-being of its workers and outweighs right-to-privacy arguments. It does, however, keep testing information on workers turning up positive for drugs separate from regular personnel files.

Source Citation   (MLA 7th Edition)

Bergin, Daniel M. “Eckerd weighing employee drug-testing program.” Drug Topics 20 Nov. 1989: 94+. General OneFile. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.



Top 5 THC/Marijuana Detox Products On The Market

There are many circumstances where you may need to take a drug test. Many employers require potential employees take a drug test before they are hired. You can also be asked to take a random drug test by your employer after you have become an employee. There are also several reasons that you would need to take a court ordered drug test.

For many people, taking a drug test is not a problem. For people who smoke marijuana, however, it can be a very stressful time. If you have smoked weed within the last 30 days, it will show up on a drug test. Luckily, there are several marijuana detox products on the market, which can help you get a negative result on your drug test, even if you are a regular smoker. The following 5 products are considered to be the best on the market.

B.N.G. Herbal Clean Detox Q Tabs-Maximum Strength Cleansing Formula


This is an excellent product to take before a urine drug test. Not only will it detoxify the THC out of your system, it will also help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle by aiding in your body’s natural cleansing. This product is manufactured by Herbal Clean, a detox drug company who has been in business since 1990. There are several excellent reviews online, regarding this product.

The Liquid Stuff-One Hour Cleansing Drink

This delicious grape flavored cleansing drink will help cleans all the toxins from your body, quickly. Not only does it detoxify your body, it also contains creatine and Vitamin B2, to keep you healthy. You can drink this product, which does not need an activator, one hour before you test. It is effective for 5 hours, giving you a long enough window to get to the lab, and take your test, before it loses it effectiveness.

Herbal Clean Premium Detox 7 Day Kit

If you have 7 days notice before you drug test, this is a very thorough cleanser. It does much more than cleansing your system of THC before a drug test. It is also a:

  • liver cleanser
  • blood circulation formula
  • kidney health formula
  • prebiotic
  • contains fiber

If you are looking for a sure fire way to pass a urine test for marijuana, this is the product for you. It is important that you use this product according to the instructions for maximum results.

Noxide- Super Antioxidant Body Detox Drink

This delicious kiwi and strawberry juice cleans contains natural, organic ingredients. The ingredients in this product are carefully chosen in order to provide maximum results. It will stabilize the body, and promotes a healthy, clean lifestyle. This product will detoxify the THC levels from your system. The manufacturers of this product are so sure that your urine drug test will come out negative, that they offer a 30 day, money back guarantee, no questions asked.

If you smoke marijuana often, you should drink one bottle of this product, for three consecutive days. If you are an occasional smoker, you would only need to drink one bottle, for one day. For maximum results, you should drink 16 ounces of water before you drink Noxide, and 16 ounces of water after. You should use the bathroom as often as possible, and eat light meals until the time of your drug test. It is important to shake the bottle well before drinking. Check this out:

Smoker/Drug Detox Clay Bath Kit

This product comes in a 5 pound box of clay. This is an excellent product if you are worried that the lab that you are having your urine drug test done will test for chemical detoxification products in your urine. Because this is a bath, there will be no chemicals in your body. There are several substances that this product will remove. These include:

  • cadium
  • tobacco
  • pharmaceutical drugs
  • recreational drugs
  • food preservatives
  • hexavalent chromium
  • hydrogen cyanide
  • nicotine
  • lead
  • arsenic

This detoxification clay bath kit contains everything that you will need in order to get the THC out of your system, so that you will have a negative result on your urine drug test. The kit contains:

  • 10- 1 cup baths, equaling 5 pounds
  • instruction booklet
  • 15 pH testing strips
  • fiberglass drain screen
  • flat drain stopper
  • herbal formula pack

Most user reviews speak highly about this product. It is a relaxing and soothing way to detox your system, making your feel healthy. This product is also not as messy as you think. After you bath, the mud washes off very easily. You can find more detox systems information here:

When you are required to take a urine drug test, you do not need to stress if you smoke marijuana. There are several products on the market, which can detox your system, helping you to test negative on the day of your test.