PHARMACY

Ateb announces PQA appointments for 2015

BY Ryan Chavis

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ateb, a provider of pharmacy patient care solutions, on Monday announced the appointments of four Ateb pharmacists to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s measure development teams and stakeholder advisory panels for 2015.
 
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance is a nonprofit that promotes appropriate medication use and develops strategies for safety performance measures. According to Ateb, the PQA is recognized for its development of metrics as it relates to safe medication use, with many of its measures being used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Program.
 
“Once again this year, Ateb will play an important role in the measure developments of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance,” said Frank Sheppard, founder and CEO of Ateb. “Ateb’s appointments to the PQA measure development teams, as well as contributions to the stakeholder advisory panels, reflect the outstanding reputation of Ateb’s pharmacists and Ateb’s commitment to the industry. These measures developed by the PQA teams are used for Star Ratings, and our pharmacies and healthcare payers will greatly benefit from Ateb’s ongoing alignment with the PQA.”
 
Ateb was granted the maximum number of appointments to PQA measurement development teams this year. The teams are comprised of PQA members who applied to work on specific measures based on their individual strengths and experience. The Ateb pharmacists and their positions are: 
 
Appointee: Mark Gregory, RPh
Ateb Position: VP Health Solutions
MDT #3: MTM-Part D: Use of Patient Satisfaction Survey following CMR Completion
 
Appointee: Robb Ayshford, RPh, MBA
Ateb Position: VP Chain Strategic Solutions
MDT #5: Primary Medication Non-Adherence (PMN) – For Health Plans
 
Appointee: Rebecca Chater, RPh, MPH, FAPhA
Ateb Position: Executive Healthcare Strategist
MDT #6: Hospital and/or ED Utilization Related to ADEs
 
Appointee: Bob Mernar, RPh
Ateb Position: Privacy Officer
MDT #9: MTM-Part D: Specific Drug Therapy Problem (DTP) Resolution
 
Chater also was appointed to the PQA Immunization Task Force and will co-chair Stakeholder Advisory Panel C. 

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Rx programs, services play key role

BY Richard Monks

With more than 1,500 supermarkets and stand-alone drug stores, Sobeys Inc. plays a critical role in helping people across Canada stay healthy.

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The company, which operates food stores under five different banners — including the Canada Safeway business it acquired in November 2013 — from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, has prescription counters in 335 of its supermarkets and all 70 of its Lawton’s Drug stores in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Dubbed PROfile pharmacists, the pharmacy professionals in the company’s stores offer a comprehensive roster of services to patients, ranging from prescription reviews to ensure each script is filled with the right medication in the proper dosage to one-on-one counseling on new prescriptions.

With so many prescriptions taken incorrectly, Sobeys and Lawtons have implemented several programs and services aimed
at ensuring that patients get the most from their medications.

The company’s AutoFill Plus program, for instance, ensures that patients do not miss doses, make fewer trips to the pharmacy and spend less time waiting for their prescriptions to be filled.

Under the Pill Pack Plus program, Sobeys and Lawtons pharmacists work with patients to manage dose changes and ensure that patients are taking their medications at the right times. In addition, patients participating in the program are notified when they need to contact their physician for renewals.

Because it is often difficult for patients to stay on top of product recalls and health warnings, PROfile pharmacists monitor Health Canada and manufacturer information for medication-related advisories and drug recalls.

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Innovating, freshening up offerings

BY Antoinette Alexander

With a new president and CEO at the helm, Uniprix is looking to “shake things up a bit.”

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On Feb. 2, Philippe Duval officially assumed the role of president and CEO of the Uniprix Group — just the third person to hold that title in the 35 year history of the company — succeeding François Castonguay, who stepped down last August after 20 years.

Having served as president and CEO of the The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) until 2013 and as GM of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary until January of this year, Duval brings to the table a wealth of management and retail experience.

“I came on board on Feb. 2,” he told DSN. “Let’s just say I’m in listening mode, and there’s plenty to learn,” Duval said. “It’s a very competitive market out there right now. No one can afford to run on autopilot because market share doesn’t come easily. That’s why the Uniprix Group has chosen to innovate [and] freshen up our offering and shake things up a bit.”

One development that Duval is especially excited about is its exclusive agreement to bring the Daniele Henkel To Go beauty concept to Uniprix.

The concept launched in February in Kirkland and is now available in 20 locations with more planned in coming months.

A free-standing space featuring a lounge chair invites men and women to relax and enjoy 10- to 30-minute sessions for the face, décolleté or hands.

The Daniele Henkel To Go franchise features the anti-aging LPG Endermolift technology. Certified and trained at the Daniele Henkel Academy, Uniprix beauty consultants service their clientele by evaluating their skin, and prescribing and providing targeted, express anti-aging treatments.

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