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Feds provide funding for home dispensing device

OAKVILLE, Ont. – Tony Clement (pictured), Federal Industry Minister, has announced a contribution of up to $300,000 in funding for PharmaTrust from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). PharmaTrust is an Oakville based company developing innovations in remote healthcare technologies and services.

The funding will enable the development of MedHome, a personal medication management system that addresses the critical issue of medication compliance, helping patients safely and effectively manage their own medications.

The PharmaTrust MedHome is a personal in-home device that dispenses unit doses to patients at pre-set times and provides patient monitoring and reminders to ensure patient health and safety. This simple and easy to use device also enables patients to immediately connect with a pharmacist, physician, caregiver or emergency response at the touch of a button. In a retirement home setting, the in-room MedHome device can be used in concert with a centrally located MedCentre, to deliver a complete on-site medication management system.

“We are pleased to be able to support the inventive work of PharmaTrust in remote healthcare technologies”, said Minister Clement. “Partnering with organizations like PharmaTrust to foster the development of innovative technologies creates valuable opportunities for Canadian business, both at home and abroad.”

PharmaTrust is the creator and developer of the MedCentre, which makes use of advanced robotics, scanning and video-conference technology, to connect individuals in real-time to a pharmacist in another location. In 2009, NRC-IRAP announced a $1.5 million contribution to support the development of telepharmacy, primary care platform and advanced manufacturing techniques and technologies by PharmaTrust.

The MedHome will lever the telepharmacy platform previously developed by PharmaTrust™ to manage and monitor patient drug therapy compliance and adherence.

“When patients receive multiple medications, they face an increased risk of complications which arise due to non-compliance and adherence to their medication orders,” said Don Waugh, CEO of PharmaTrust. “Many individuals have trouble properly following their medication schedule as directed by their physician.”

Studies indicate that medication non-adherence among older adults is a prevalent and costly problem; approximately one half have problems following their prescribed medication regimen, and more than 10% of hospital admissions are the result of medication non-adherence.

The $300,000 contribution from NRC-IRAP will support the software and engineering development activities required to deliver a working prototype of MedHome.

About PharmaTrustTM Inc.
PharmaTrustTM is the developer, manufacturer and operator of the PharmaTrust line of remote healthcare technologies and services. The PharmaTrust MedCentre and MedHome technologies create a new strategic choice for healthcare industries to deliver innovative telemedicine and pharmacy services. The PharmaTrust MedCentre is a complete pharmacist controlled, automated pharmacy dispensing system. It can dispense over 2000 different medications, is 100% remotely pharmacist controlled and audited and can put 24-hour pharmacies anywhere without the barriers of time, distance, language or costs of traditional pharmacies.

Posted January 27, 2011