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30-year retail-pharmacy leader joins CARE board

BY Michael Johnsen

LINTHICUM, Md. — CARE Pharmacies Cooperative on Monday named Michael Cantrell to their board of directors to serve a three year term.   
 
“Mike’s experience and insight will be invaluable to CARE as we expand our specialty and managed care initiatives,” said Mike Wysong, CEO, CARE Pharmacies. “We look forward to welcoming him to our leadership team.”
 
With more than 30 years of industry experience, Cantrell is currently VP pharmacy network development for Ateb. Cantrell also held previous leadership positions including SVP retail health for Shopko and VP pharmacy for Delhaize America. 
 
Cantrell also worked at AmerisourceBergen and is a Longs Drugs alumnus. He is known for his expertise in pharmacy operations, managed care, regulatory oversight, pharmacy mail order and central fill operations, community pharmacy marketing and procurement, specialty pharmacy, and state and federal legislative affairs and government relations.
 
For Ateb, Cantrell develops quality-focused provider networks that connect constituents across the care continuum to manage healthcare costs while optimizing patient outcomes. And he employs community pharmacists to deliver that care.
 
Cantrell earned his B.S. Pharmacy from University of Utah; a B.A. in Chemistry from University of No. Colorado; and graduated frome the Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders at the Wharton School of Business. 
 
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FlavoRx, RxNT streamline process of flavoring pediatric meds

BY David Salazar

COLUMBIA, Md. — Software solutions company RxNT and FlavoRx announced Thursday a streamlined way for prescribers and patients to get flavored pediatric medications, potentially boosting adherence. Now prescribers who e-prescribe medication or keep records through RxNT’s eRx or EHR can designate a patient’s preferred medication flavor and communicate it to pharmacists. 

“Allowing patients to choose the taste of their medication can play an important role in pediatric adherence,” FlavoRx CEO Stuart Amos said. “For prescribers that use RxNT’s e-prescribing solution (RxNT|eRx) or its full electronic health record solution (RxNT|EHR), they simply need to click the FLAVORx option on the screen to recommend customizing the taste of medications, which now can be covered by the patients FSA or HSA.”

The move comes as eprescribing is on the rise, with 56% of physicians reporting that the prescribe medications electronically, according to Surescripts’ 2014 National Progress Report. The taste selector and pediatric dosage calculator are core components of RxNT’s solutions. 

“The benefits of ePrescribing are significant for the entire healthcare community, and it is clear ePrescribing is here to stay,” Tom Collinson, EVP Business Development at RxNT, said. “With that in mind, we continue to make enhancements to our solutions that further simplify and streamline the workflow of physicians and their practices.”

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Paramount Rx’s savings card program show results

BY David Salazar

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Paramount Rx’s Hampton Roads prescription discount cards have already saved a lot of money since launching earlier this year, the company reported Thursday. The discount program that’s free to join for the Hampton Roads community has reportedly saved members more than $500,000 this year.

“Reaching the $500,000 milestone in member savings really validates the mission we set out to accomplish with the Hampton Roads Rx discount program, providing a valuable resource in response to the rising cost of prescription medications,” Paramount Rx EVP Michael Sallusto said. “We are extremely happy that local residents are reaping the benefits of this program and look forward to passing on the savings to more folks in the area.”

Those who sign up for the program can print a Hampton Roads Rx discount card and present it at local pharmacies, potentially saving as much as 70% on generic prescriptions and 20% on branded ones. The discount program’s website provides members online tools for finding participating pharmacies, as well as drug prices and availability. The program is valuable for underinsured and uninsured patients, or those with high co-pays and deductibles, Paramount Rx said.

“At a time when many local residents are struggling with higher health care costs, the Hampton Roads Rx discount program provides much relief on their budget,” said Ray Hernandez, pharmacy district manager at preferred provider Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy. “We’re proud to be a part of the program and remain committed to the local community, providing resources for residents to save money and gain more access to important medical prescriptions.”

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