PHARMACY

Albertsons promotes children’s health in pharmacies

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho Albertsons pharmacies in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas are launching a new pharmacy program focused on helping children and parents with health information and tips.

The Albertsons Healthy Kidz Club features newsletters to help parents with advice on health topics that can improve the health of the whole family.

Each month, members receive an e-mail newsletter with health tips, recipes and information. The second page of the newsletter is designed for kids, with activities and fun facts that will help them think about health in ways that speak to them.

“A majority of our health habits as adults are derived from what we learn growing up,” stated Raymond McCall, Albertsons VP pharmacy operations. “Everything from whether we eat breakfast or not, to what foods we choose to eat throughout the day to what our comfort foods are can generally be traced back to things we learn from our parents. Ideally, we want parents to use the information to start a conversation with the kids in their lives about health that will open a door to wellness within their family.”

When parents enroll children in Albertsons Healthy Kidz Club, each child will receive a membership card and an activity sheet, and the first 200 to enroll also will receive a plush Rex, the official Albertsons Healthy Kidz Club mascot, to take home. Albertsons pharmacies will receive copies of the activity sheet each month, so parents can pick up a free copy when they are in the store.

The premiere issue of Albertsons Healthy Kidz Club news covers the complexities of what cholesterol is, and tips about how to make changes in diet and food choices that can help kids and their parents keep their cholesterol at healthy levels. The issue is available at Albertsonsmarket.com/index.php/albertsonshealthykidzclub.

Parents also have a way to reach back to pharmacists with questions about youth-related health issues by e-mailing AlbertsonsHealthyKidzClub@albertsonsllc.com.

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Kerr Drug kicks off flu shot campaign

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH , N.C. Regional pharmacy chain Kerr Drug is kicking off its immunization program early this year to meet the demand for flu shots.

Customers ages 14 years and older now can receive the 2010-2011 flu vaccine by Kerr Drug’s specially trained immunizing pharmacists, no appointment necessary. No payment is required by those with Medicare Part B, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Blue Cross Federal, NC State Health Plan and Humana Gold Choice. For all others, flu shots cost $30 each.

“People only need to get one flu shot this year because the 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against the H1N1 as well as two other types of influenza expected to be seen during the season,” said Debbie Pruss, a Kerr Drug pharmacist in Raleigh’s North Hills store. “We encourage everyone to follow the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] new recommendations for flu vaccines. With immunizations available during almost all operating hours, it has never been easier to get a flu shot.”

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Two FastCare clinics to open in Idaho Walmart stores

BY Antoinette Alexander

POCATELLO, Idaho Portneuf Medical Center has teamed up with Bellin Health FastCare to operate two retail clinics in Walmart stores in Pocatello and Blackfoot, Idaho, according to a report by the Idaho State Journal.

 

The partnership, effective as of Sept. 1, will offer treatment for such acute ailments as sore throats, pink eye and allergies. Next month, another FastCare is slated to open in a Walmart in Peru, Ill.

 

 

This marks FastCare’s first clinics within Walmart. In an interview with Drug Store News in August, Ken Berndt, director of FastCare, stated that, at that time, FastCare had 38 clinics either built or under construction. Over the next 12 months, it plans add between 40 and 50 clinics. Bellin Health Systems established the FastCare brand of retail health clinics in 2006.

 

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