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Relizon Creates Secure Prescription Pad for Rutland Medical Center in Vermont

Press release from the issuing company

DAYTON, Ohio, May 17, 2005 --- The Relizon Company today announced that it is working with the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont to cut the illegal use of drugs in its community. Central to this effort is Rutland's recently launched Narcotic Abuse Prevention Project (NAPP) that Relizon is supplying with a new and highly secure prescription pad that makes prescriptions difficult to forge and easier to track. The need for prescription control has been well known. According to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the rapid rise and widespread abuse of new generation high potency prescription drugs requires new strategies for the prevention of prescription abuse. In a recent report to the House of Representatives, the DEA cited forged and fraudulent prescriptions and "doctor shopping" as two of the most common means for obtaining legal drugs for non-medical uses. Under NAPP, the first program of its kind anywhere in the country, participating doctors and medical facilities are using Relizon's secure NAPP Rx pads when prescribing drugs that are determined to be an abuse risk. These drugs include all schedule 2 drugs, such as Oxycontin, that already require special treatment under federal law. The Relizon Rx pads include protections such as a void feature that displays the word "VOID" when the prescription is photocopied, serial numbers that allow each prescription to be traced, micro printing and a watermark to deter counterfeiting and a color, easily identifiable logo to signal to pharmacies that special care is required. "Relizon came to us with strategies and examples of secure paper documents that had worked for other clients," said Michael Kenosh, M.D. at Rutland. "They worked with us closely to develop the necessary print solutions that make the NAPP Rx pad an effective instrument in the fight against drugs of abuse in our community." "Relizon's experience in developing secure document solutions in the health care and financial services industries had some key cross-over applications for Rutland County," said Chris Weber, general manager, health care sales for Relizon. "We are eager to duplicate the success of the NAPP program with other communities around the country that are struggling to curb the drugs of abuse problem."