Nov 07, 2014

Omnicell Launches Its First Fully Automated Multimed Packing Solution,
Driving Workflow Efficiency, Patient Adherence, and Pharmacy Growth


Omnicell Solution Enables Pharmacists to Directly Impact Patients’ Quality of Life
 
Omnicell Inc., (NASDAQ:OMCL), today announced the company’s first fully automated multimed packing solution to assist pharmacists in improving their patients’ medication adherence. The Omnicell M5000 system is designed to automatically pack, seal, verify and label multimed blister cards for institutional pharmacies serving long term care facilities, retail pharmacies, and hospital pharmacies serving ambulatory and discharged patients.
 
The M5000 multimed blister packaging system is designed to support pharmacies’ efforts to help
patients stay true to physician-prescribed medication regimens and to increase pharmacy
profitability by improving practice workflow efficiencies and strengthening customer refill
loyalty.
 
Each year, the avoidable cost of poor medication adherence is estimated at more than $105
billion in the U.S alone. With more than 30 million Americans taking five or more maintenance
medications daily, pharmacists need ways to support the arduous task of keeping patients
compliant. According to the World Health Organization, “Although these medications are
effective in combating disease, their full benefits are often not realized because approximately
50% of patients do not take their medications as prescribed” (1). Going beyond the common
practice of patients self-organizing their medications into pillboxes, the Omnicell M5000 system
creates personalized adherence blister cards to simplify the medication consumption process.
 
Research shows that patients become confident in their ability to take their medications, avoid
costly emergency room visits, and are 97% adherent when using multimed blister packaging vs.
61% in the control group (2). Beyond improving patient confidence and compliance, personalized
adherence packaging gives pharmacists the ability to attract and retain new patients, who can
each generate up to $5,100 in new revenue for the pharmacist each year (3).
 
 
“As an innovative pharmacy, we strive to support and engage our customers by offering
competitive medication management solutions,” says W. Percy Malone, PD, President,
Allcare Pharmacy, a facility evaluating the M5000 system in Arkadelphia, AR. “By providing
multimed blister packs, the insurance plans we partner with see positive impacts on Medicare’s
ratings of the benefits they offer. This encourages insurers to maintain partnerships with us, longterm.”
 
“We are proud to unveil the M5000 system as a continuation of our commitment to pharmacy
automation and improved patient care,” shared Troy Hilsenroth, Vice President, Non-Acute Care
Division, Omnicell. “Our pharmacist customers have asked for solutions that don’t just help, but
dramatically improve their patients’ confidence and ability to stay adherent. By differentiating
their pharmacies with Omnicell adherence packaging solutions and automating prescription
filling and verification, our customers can enjoy better patient outcomes, increased profitability
and stronger customer loyalty.”
 
About Omnicell
 
Since 1992, Omnicell (NASDAQ: OMCL) has been creating new efficiencies to improve patient
care, anywhere it is delivered. Omnicell is a leading supplier of comprehensive automation and
business analytics software for patient-centric medication and supply management across the
entire health care continuum—from the acute care hospital setting to post-acute skilled nursing
and long-term care facilities to the home.
More than 3,000 customers worldwide have utilized Omnicell Automation and Analytics
solutions to increase operational efficiency, reduce errors, deliver actionable intelligence and
improve patient safety. Omnicell Medication Adherence solutions, including its MTS Medication
Technologies brand, provide innovative medication adherence packaging solutions to help
reduce costly hospital readmissions. In addition, these solutions enable approximately 6,000
institutional and retail pharmacies worldwide to maintain high accuracy and quality standards in
medication dispensing and administration while optimizing productivity and controlling costs.
 
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1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068890/
2 Federal Adherence of Medications to the Elderly (FAME)
3 2013-14 Economic Report on Retail, Mail and Specialty Pharmacies, A Fein, Ph.D., Pembroke Consulting., Inc.
and Drug Channels Institute

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