Parata to Showcase Adherence Technology at Growth Conference

Solutions Positively Impact Patient Health and Pharmacy Profitability

Durham, N.C. — Feb. 19, 2013 — Each year, about 125,000 patient deaths are linked to medication non-adherence, or not following doctors’ orders for prescription drugs, according to the National Consumer League. Studies show that patients with chronic conditions adhere only to 50-60 percent of medications as prescribed. The problem costs the nation billions of dollars in doctor and ER visits, hospital admissions and more. Parata Systems will showcase a real solution to this growing problem in Orlando this week at the Pharmacy Development Services (PDS) Business Growth Conference.

Parata Systems is a leader in pharmacy automation and an advocate for the growth and success of independent pharmacies nationwide. As the conference’s presenting sponsor, Parata will participate in discussions related to medication non-adherence, and demonstrate how Parata PASS Pack™ strip packaging can help pharmacists improve patient adherence and health outcomes.

Medication adherence is the extent to which patients follow the instructions they are given for prescribed treatments. Failing to fill prescriptions, cutting dosages or reducing the frequency of administration can lead to greater health problems, and pharmacists are often the last line of defense to ensure patients follow their
medication regimens.

Parata PASS™ (Patient Adherence Strip System) is a solution to benefit patients and pharmacists. PASS packages medications into a strip of unit- or multi-dose bags, organized the way people take them: by date and time of day. The packaging promotes adherence and can be used in any setting — from summer school for kids to at-home care and assisted living for adults.

With PASS Pack, pharmacies make it easier for patients to take their medications, with a positive impact on health outcomes and cost of care. Pharmacies capture more revenue by picking up prescriptions patients are having filled at different pharmacies, and pharmacy teams have more time to consult with patients on their medications.

“As additional healthcare reform provisions take effect over the next two years, healthcare providers must take on a more active role to ensure patients stay healthy,” said Tom Rhoads, CEO of Parata Systems, who will speak at the conference on Thursday. “We’ve seen pharmacists improve patient adherence by pairing our technology with smart strategies for medication management. The PDS conference is a great opportunity for pharmacists to see what’s working for other independent pharmacists and create similar programs to benefit patients and boost their profitability.”

At the PDS Growth Conference, Parata will showcase and demonstrate its automation solutions for pharmacy teams from across the country. Pharmacists will learn strategies for growing their pharmacy business in today’s dynamic healthcare market and discuss methods for improving medication adherence to affect positive patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

The PDS Business Growth Conference will be held Feb. 21—23 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando.

Available for Interviews:
Tom Rhoads, CEO, Parata Systems
Pharmacists and Parata customers attending the conference

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About Parata Systems
Durham, N.C.-based Parata Systems, LLC, was founded in 2001 and provides powerful pharmacy automation technology to improve dispensing safety and productivity. Next-generation Parata Max® and Parata Mini® deliver the highest accuracy, speed and productivity for the lowest cost per prescription. Parata PASS™ generates customized unit- and multi-dose strip packaging that improves safety and adherence for retail and long-term care patients, and eases the demands of short-cycle dispensing. Pharmacy 2000™ workflow software ensures consistency and accuracy across the pharmacy’s entire prescription workflow. To learn more, call, click or visit Parata Systems: parata.com, info@parata.com, 1-888-PARATA1 (727-2821), Facebook (Parata Systems), Twitter (@paratasystems).

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