BSDS kicks off contest to celebrate 1 millionth Rx
BOYERTOWN, Pa. — Bause’s Super Drug Store is anticipating filling it’s 1-millionth new prescription in the coming months and is preparing to celebrate the event in grand manner, the Philadelphia-area independent pharmacy announced Tuesday.
“Everyone here is extremely excited about this monumental landmark for our store and for downtown Boyertown,” BSDS president Jane Mellott said. “Each new prescription we fill is assigned an exclusive prescription number by our computer system. Refills on that same prescription do not change the prescription number."
“This isn’t just the recognition of 1 million prescriptions filled because many of our prescriptions have up to 11 refills," Mellott added. "It’s the one-millionth new prescription number that’s been assigned — a major milestone. We are celebrating this event with a fun contest that embraces our customers and supports other locally owned businesses.”
According to Mellott, BSDS will be giving away a $1,000 gift certificate of choice to the customer who turns in the one-millionth new prescription, which includes transfer of any existing prescription from another pharmacy, including veterinary prescriptions. The recipient of the one-millionth new prescription — as assigned by the BSDS computer — will receive his or her choice of one of the following $1,000 gift certificates: Bause’s Super Drug Store, Pennsylvania Lottery ($1 lottery tickets), E.G. Landis Jewelers, The Grill Shop (hot dogs), Zimmer’s Pets, CD’s Place (catering event) or Frecon Farms (fresh apples).
If the winner is younger than 18 years old or “resembles a dog, cat, rabbit, bird or other such-like furry or feathered friend,” they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to claim their prize. “We couldn’t possibly be more excited,” Mellott said. “We are so grateful to those who support the locally owned businesses, and we are ecstatic to give back.”
HEALS of the South seeks to educate patients about hepatitis
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Hepatitis Education Awareness and Liver Support of the South is advocating for awareness about hepatitis and the importance of Medicare Part D as part of World Hepatitis Day, the organization said Thursday.
HEALS of the South said proper treatment and access to medicines is critical to patients with liver disease and also encouraged people to get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B and tested for hepatitis C, symptoms of which often don’t occur until the late stage of the disease. According to the World Health Organization, which is sponsoring its first World Hepatitis Day, 520 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B and C.
“While members of the House and Senate are fighting over a solution for the debt ceiling, we are educating many in the United States about hepatitis,” HEALS of the South executive director and Medicare Rx Access Network of Florida member Pam Langford said. “This week, we are in Washington, D.C., for World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of this disease and promote the preservation of Medicare Part D, as it is critical to so many hepatitis patients.”
APhA to present two new scholarships next year at annual meeting
WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has created two new scholarships that will be presented at the APhA’s annual gathering next year.
The George F. Archambault Scholarship, created by the Archambault Foundation, and the Charlie Thomas Scholarship, created by Phi Lambda Sigma, will be presented at the 2012 APhA Annual Meeting and Convention in New Orleans during the Contributors’ Breakfast. Phi Lambda Sigma is the national Pharmacy Leadership Society.
The first scholarship honors George F. Archambault, former chief of the pharmacy branch of the Public Health Service Division of Hospitals and later, pharmacy liaison officer to the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States.
The second scholarship honors Charles C. Thomas, who founded Phi Lambda Sigma while a student at Auburn University and currently is pharmacy director for the Alabama Department of Public Health and supervisor for the state’s controlled substances database.