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Amazon reportedly still mulling online drug sales

BY DSN STAFF

Amazon is deciding how to get a foothold into the multibillion-dollar prescription drug market.

The online giant is expected to make a decision before Thanksgiving of whether it will sell prescription drugs online. These details came from an email from Amazon, as well as a source familiar with the situation, according to CNBC.

If Amazon moves forward with this new offering, the company will begin expanding its senior team with drug supply chain experts. This is in addition to the dozens of people it has already hired and consulted with regarding its potential move into the pharmacy market. Among them is Amazon’s consumables team’s VP, Eric French, the report said.

According to an anonymous source, Amazon is still evaluating — and aware of — the complexities this segment presents, CNBC reported.

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Parata, AAP ink purchasing agreement

BY David Salazar

DURHAM, N.C. — Member-owned pharmacy cooperative American Associated Pharmacies has entered a group purchasing agreement with pharmacy technology company Parata Systems, the companies announced Monday.

“Parata's tireless devotion to helping pharmacies improve their businesses aligns well with AAP's goal to provide pharmacies with tools to enhance profitability, streamline operations, and improve the quality of patient care,” AAP VP preferred partners Tracie Heyrman said.
“Our partnership with Parata provides AAP members access to innovative automation solutions from an industry-leader known for their dedication to their customers' success.”

The agreement allows AAP’s more than 2,200 member independent pharmacies special pricing and pre-negotiated terms for pharmacy technology. Parata's offerings include such pharmacy automation choices as vial-filling and pouch packaging solutions, and its Parata PASS medication management suite is aimed at helping patients adhere to their medication regimens. 

"We admire AAP's focus on helping their members strengthen and grow their businesses through the best services and the latest technologies," said Scott Hollis, Parata's vice president of sales. "Parata couldn't be more thrilled to offer our expertise to contribute to this mission."

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The Little Clinic provides reduced pricing to Kroger associates

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger is now offering associates and their immediate families pricing of $25 or less for medically necessary services at The Little Clinic locations, the grocer announced Monday.

"We are committed to helping our associates and customers live healthier lives," stated Colleen Lindholz, president Kroger Pharmacy and The Little Clinic. "Our mission is to simplify healthcare by creating affordable solutions that combine health, wellness and nutrition."

The pricing is available to any associate and family member whose primary benefit coverage is provided by Kroger.

The Little Clinic operates 221 clinics in 10 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

Other services provided by The Little Clinic include dietitian programs at select locations (Nashville, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Dayton). Nutrition services vary from nutrition counseling, medical nutrition therapy, grocery store tours, cooking classes to store events. Kroger associates can receive nutrition counseling for $20. The Little Clinic  also offers associate transformation programs that include diabetes management and diabetes prevention. The 16-week course focuses on healthy eating behaviors, label reading and sound nutrition education.

"We continue to focus on offering our associates services and programs that help with their overall well-being," said Theresa Monti, Kroger VP total rewards and HR systems.
 

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