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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MONITOR

September 1, 2006
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New ABILIFY Formulation


Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., have launched ABILIFY® DISCMELT™ (aripiprazole) Orally Disintegrating Tablets, an oral form of the antipsychotic medication aripiprazole that disintegrates rapidly in the mouth. The FDA approved ABILIFY DISCMELT on June 7. For full prescribing information, including boxed warning, visit http://www.abilify.com.

Business Software

Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 introduces a range of features to make it easier for workers and teams to accomplish more with their existing skills. The software works with Microsoft Office System business productivity software, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 application and business analytic technology, and other Microsoft technologies that probably are familiar to staff and partners. Valle del Sol, a Phoenix-based behavioral health and social services agency, selected Microsoft Dynamics GP as its new IT solution. For more information, visit http://www.artisinc.com.

Generic Venlafaxine

The FDA has approved the first generic version of Effexor (venlafaxine). Venlafaxine is indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder.TEVA Pharmaceuticals is eligible to manufacture venlafaxine for six months with generic drug exclusivity. The FDA may approve other applications after the exclusivity period has expired.

Assessment Management

TOTAL: Quality from Esteam is a Web-based assessment management tool that simplifies data collection and analysis to help executive managers create a quality-driven organization. TOTAL: Quality enables ongoing measurement and review that provides organizations with the information required to support results-oriented change. TOTAL: Quality provides real-time visibility into the organization's progress against goals, allowing leaders to make adjustments in response to changing requirements. The solution facilitates alignment on strategies and tasks; promotes timely, uniform reporting; and supports effective planning. For more information, visit http://www.artisinc.com.

EAP Products

EAP Tools' Web site (http://www.eaptools.com) offers newsletter products, Web-based EAP products, PowerPoint programs, editable handouts and posters, and more to employee assistance professionals. The site also offers a free monthly e-newsletter, with ideas for marketing EAPs, new product announcements, workplace substance abuse intervention tips, and free handouts and resources.

Statewide IT Solution

Saber Corporation (http://www.saber corp.com) has entered into an agreement to deliver an enterprise health system for the state of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Saber has teamed with Netsmart Technologies, Inc. (http://www.ntst.com).

The initial phase of the contract with DHHS will replace several of the state's aging public health information systems with a statewide solution serving all public health entities. DHHS has the option to authorize the Saber/Netsmart team to extend the system's coverage to North Carolina's mental and rural health communities. The cumulative effort would create an enterprise statewide health information system, the first of its kind in the United States to integrate public, mental, and rural health, according to Saber and Netsmart. At the core of Saber's secure, Web-based solution is Netsmart's Avatar software.

Patient Entertainment

CareFlix offers behavioral health facilities DVD packages to keep patients and visitors comfortable while they wait. CareFlix supplies everything needed to get the service up and running: portable DVD players, a specially selected library of titles, a movie service subscription, headphones, and marketing materials. CareFlix's flexible system can be adapted for the needs of a variety of patients—substance abuse, mental health, and children/adolescents. CareFlix also can be used to deliver patient educational information. For more details, visit http://www.careflix.com.

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