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Aprexis Health Solutions

September 26, 2011 09:00 ET

United Way of Dane County and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Offer Aprexis Software Solution in Seniors Safe and Healthy Aging Initiative

Software Solution Enables Pharmacists to Manage Patient Medication Regimens to Reduce Seniors' Adverse Drug Events

BURLINGTON, VT--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - Aprexis Health Solutions, the leader in patient medication adherence technology, today announced that its Aprexis Platform has been selected by the United Way of Dane County, Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative (WPQC), a multi-organizational initiative led by the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW). The Aprexis Platform will be offered as part of the United Way's "Safe and Healthy Aging Community Project" which aims to keep seniors safe, healthy and independent. The easy-to-use Aprexis software solution will be used by many community pharmacists involved in the project to conduct and manage patient medication therapy management (MTM) sessions to reduce adverse drug events (ADEs) in seniors.

ADEs are one of four prime triggers for long term disabilities that cause seniors to be admitted for expensive institutional care. Research indicates that using 5-8 medications exposes older adults to a 50% chance of experiencing ADEs, and 8 or more medications to a 100% chance of experiencing ADEs. In Dane County, seniors fill an average of 6.4 prescriptions monthly, and ADEs represent 11% of the county's hospitalizations among older adults. The rates are steadily rising. Taking medications that are potentially inappropriate for older adults also increases the risk of ADEs.

"Aprexis provides pharmacists an intuitive, logical, step-by-step process that guides them through an efficient and effective comprehensive medication review process for the geriatric patient including assessment of ADEs," said Hooyung Young, Director of Community Engagement at United Way. "Aprexis gives us the tools we need to ensure that seniors are properly adhering to their medication regimens and are not taking inappropriate prescriptions which could trigger hospitalization or long term disabilities."

"The Aprexis platform has been designed to be an expert care management tool for pharmacists. The Aprexis system will enable PSW members using the system to assist and monitor patients in a very effective and comprehensive manner," said Christopher Decker, RPh, Executive Vice President for PSW.

The Aprexis Platform provides an intuitive, systematic and fully integrated approach with support resources and innovative tools for conducting and managing patient consultations to overcome barriers to properly taking medication. The easy-to-use web-based solution contains the clinical and behavioral modification techniques that allow the pharmacist to be guided to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of each patient consultation and build a trusted relationship with each patient, caregiver and family members. It drives pharmacists and healthcare providers to create an action plan for medication adherence and allows health plans to document a standard of care for payment and data evaluation.

"We are proud to be working with the United Way of Dane County as they address the serious issue of ADEs in seniors," said Robert Squire, president and CEO of Aprexis Health Solutions. "It is gratifying to see the unique capabilities of our solution enabling pharmacists to deliver care that will help keep patients safe, healthy and independent."

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Aprexis Health Solutions is the premier company empowering pharmacist and provider- led medication adherence. Our easy to use, web-based software revolutionizes delivery of personalized medication therapy management (MTM) and patient-centric clinical services while increasing revenues. What sets Aprexis apart is our keen focus on providing the tools needed to conduct and manage more consistent and effective high quality medication consultations so patients have better treatment outcomes and to reduce overall healthcare costs in our system.

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