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Aisle7, a provider of vitamin education programs for retail, has launched Healthnotes Interactions Checker, a next-generation solution developed to simplify a consumer’s task of deciding which nutrients positively or negatively interact with the medicines they take.
According to Aisle7, more than half of all Americans take some form of dietary supplement, and an estimated 40 percent of U.S. adults take both drugs and nutrients as part of their health regimen. Of these, 60 percent aren’t discussing possible interactions with their physician or pharmacist.
“Over the last several months, we’ve spoken with pharmacists, doctors and our retail partners who tell us they see both a customer service and an information gap in the current prescription information delivery systems,” said Dr. Skye Lininger, CEO of Aisle7. “The Healthnotes Interactions Checker solves this problem by seamlessly integrating with our clients’ environments—whether pharmacy-management systems, e-commerce sites, mobile platforms, or health professional tools.”
The Healthnotes Interactions Checker was designed to provide a simple but powerful interface: a person enters their current drugs and supplements into the list and the resulting report is easy to read and color-coded to clearly identify nutrients that have adverse or beneficial interactions with their medications. Reports can be printed or emailed to read later and share with a health professional.
“Today’s healthcare professionals are looking for the tools and resources they need to spend less time managing their business and more time caring for patients,” explains Mandy Kraynik, VP of Integrative Therapeutics. “Partnering with Aisle7 to introduce an interactive drug-nutrient interaction checker allows us to provide value to our customers in meaningful ways outside of nutritional supplements. Making new, dynamic tools like this available to healthcare professionals exemplifies our commitment to the integrative medicine community.”
Reports can also be automatically triggered as part of a prescription refill. The Healthnotes Interactions Checker accepts National Drug Codes (NDC) from external pharmacy systems to create customized reports. When a refill is requested, a report can be auto-generated and delivered directly to the patient’s mobile phone. Or it can be made available at prescription pickup to discuss with their pharmacist.