Apotex enters the automatic refill app market with NPS

Generic pharmaceuticals company Apotex has partnered with NPS MedicineWise to add new functionality to the NPS MedicineList+ smartphone app, including the ability to download data on medicines directly from pharmacy dispensing software.

NPS launched the new version of MedicineList+ earlier this year, adding extra functions such as the ability to scan in barcodes to add data straight into the app, to email the medicines list to family or healthcare providers, and a reminder function. It is now available for both iOS and Android.

NPS has now partnered with Apotex to build an enhanced version that will interface with dispensary software to directly download details of prescription, over the counter and complementary medicines to the smartphone. There are also plans to add the ability to order a refill for repeat scripts.

Apotex's marketing manager, Paul Chang, said the company had designed a piece of middleware that is already used in many pharmacies that will extract certain data from the dispensing system, including medication history and current medications, and send it to the app.

“Patients can then see a list of everything that has been dispensed, including over the counter and complementary medicines,” Mr Chang said.

While its main market is generic drugs, Mr Chang said Apotex also offered a number of technology platforms for the retail pharmacy business, including ApoWealth for financial analysis and APO-Dispensary, a dispensary data analysis tool.

The company has also worked with the Pharmacy Guild's Guildlink service to add QR codes to its packaging.

Mr Chang said the first version of the enhanced app will be launched in August, and the organisations are currently working on a second version that will allow patients to order a refill and set a time to pick it up, much in the same way that existing apps such as Send a Script, eRx Express and medAdvisor do.

He said pharmacies would be encouraged to “adopt an app”, with the ability to put their own branding and store details on the app.

NPS CEO Lynn Weekes said the enhanced app would help reduce the risk of errors in transferring medicines information, and will also help with patient adherence and medicines safety by encouraging patients to build a trusted relationship with their pharmacist.”

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