NC-Based Independent Pharmacies Benefit from Centice's Drug Verification
Prevo Drug and Person Street Pharmacy Leverage PASS Rx to Enhance Patient Care and Improve Workflow
MORRISVILLE, NC (November 12, 2008) – Centice Corporation, a leader in drug verification technology, today announced successful implementations of its recently-launched flagship product, PASS Rx, at NC-based independent pharmacies, Prevo Drug, Inc. and Person Street Pharmacy. As early adopters of this innovative technology, Prevo and Person Street have demonstrated their commitment to providing customers with the highest quality standard of care.
Increased script volume, fewer resources, and higher costs of doing business can unfortunately result in greater risk for dispensing errors. Traditionally, pharmacists have relied on largely subjective manual checks based on visual appearance. PASS Rx is the only technology in the marketplace that verifies the chemical composition of dispensed oral solid drugs. Core computational sensor and machine vision technology confirms the accuracy of the majority of dispensed pharmaceuticals in a matter of seconds.
At Asheboro-based Prevo Drug, PASS Rx is being incorporated at the end of the fulfillment process. After a prescription is filled, the pharmacist will place the bottled medication in the PASS Rx system. Upon verification, the medication is bagged and prepared for the customer, ensuring dispensing accuracy and eliminating the opportunity for error.
"PASS Rx is going to provide our pharmacy with an invaluable competitive differentiator – absolute peace of mind that patients are getting their exact prescription," commented Stan Haywood, Owner, Prevo Drug. "Our number one priority is patient safety and that's why we're investing in this technology."
Raleigh-based Person Street Pharmacy has incorporated PASS Rx as the final step in its workflow routine. By verifying the bottled prescription as the last step in the fulfillment process, the pharmacist ensures an uninterrupted flow of verified medication directly to the patient.
"As an independent pharmacist, we are most interested in taking care of you as a patient as opposed to having you shop around for two hours while your prescription is being filled," said Mike James, Owner, Person Street Pharmacy. "PASS Rx helps us transition from a fulfillment role back to our intended role as a true healthcare provider. When you come into our pharmacy, we've gone the extra step to ensure you're getting exactly what was prescribed by your physician."
Both Prevo and Person Street are members of the North Carolina Mutual Wholesale Drug Company cooperative. Centice recently announced a marketing collaboration with NC Mutual that enables members priority to acquire PASS Rx for their pharmacy operations. "As early adopters of our technology, Prevo and Person Street have found that PASS Rx fits seamless into their everyday workflow, an attribute especially important to our independent customers who often experience a very hectic schedule and increasing number of scripts," said Ray Swanson, president and CEO, Centice.
About Centice Corporation
Centice, founded in 2004 and headquartered in RTP, NC, is commercializing patented and patentpending computational sensor and machine vision technology. The PASS Rx™ pharmaceutical authentication sensor system improves the verification process for dispensed medications, thereby increasing efficiency and optimizing workflow in the pharmacy. The company has received venture capital investments from The Aurora Funds, Inc., Novak Biddle Venture Partners, S-Group Direct Investments Ltd, and Innovation Ventures LP. More information on Centice can be found at http://www.centice.com.