OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, Federal
Industry Minister, announced today a contribution agreement 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.
"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."1
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 PharmaTrustTM line of remote healthcare technologies and services. The PharmaTrust
MedCentreTM and MedHomeTM technologies create a new strategic choice for healthcare industries to
deliver innovative telemedicine and pharmacy services.
The PharmaTrust MedCentreTM 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.
The PharmaTrust MedHomeTM 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 MedHomeTM device can be used in concert with a centrally located MedCentreTM, to deliver a complete on-site medication management system.
i Journal of Gerontological Nursing Vol. 30 No. 7 July 2004
For further information:
VP, Government & Stakeholder Relations
National Research Council of Canada
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry