CDC updates immunization schedule recommendations
ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday published an updated "Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, 2014," in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The primary updates for the 2014 schedule include adding Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine to the figures and updating information in the footnote about persons for whom Hib vaccine is recommended; adding information to the influenza vaccine footnote and contraindications table regarding the newly licensed recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) and information about the use of RIV and inactivated influenza vaccine among persons with egg allergies; moving the footnote for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) recommendations before the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) recommendations because PCV13 should be administered first among persons for whom both vaccines are recommended; and clarifying information about the timing of the second and third doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, use of meningococcal vaccines among adults and recommendations for tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) and tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccines (9–10).
Because of space limitations, many details of the full ACIP recommendations for each vaccine are not included in the schedule, and interested healthcare providers should refer to the full ACIP recommendations. In addition, changes in recommendations for specific vaccines might occur between annual updates to the adult immunization schedule. ACIP recommendations for specific vaccines are available at CDC.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/index.html.
H-E-B to operate hospital pharmacy for Medical Center Hospital
ODESSA, Texas — The Ector County Hospital District board of directors on Tuesday approved an outpatient pharmacy agreement with H-E-B that will bring a full-service pharmacy to Medical Center Hospital’s campus sometime this year, according to a report published by Odessa American.
“We hope that it will help our patient care by working with patients on discharge to get their medicines before they leave the hospital and educating them on the drugs,” Tony Ruiz, COO Medical Center Health System, told OA. “So we see a tremendous benefit as far the quality of care that’s delivered.”
The 1,100-sq.-ft. pharmacy is expected to open by fall.
January sales up 3.7% at Walgreeens
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday posted January sales of $6.4 billion, an increase of 3.7% compared with the year-ago period.
Total front-end sales increased 2.4% compared with the same month in fiscal 2013, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.6%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 2.2% while basket size increased 3.8%.
Prescriptions filled at comparable stores decreased by 0.8% in January and decreased 0.4% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. January 2014 had one additional Friday and one fewer Tuesday compared with January 2013. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 0.4 percentage points.
Prescriptions filled at comparable stores were negatively impacted by 0.8 percentage point due to fewer flu shots in the month versus last year and were negatively impacted by 1.4 percentage points due to the lower incidence of flu in January 2014.
January pharmacy sales increased by 4.6%, while comparable store pharmacy sales increased 3.7% and increased by a calendar day-shift adjusted 4.1%. Calendar day shifts negatively impacted pharmacy sales in comparable stores by 0.4 percentage points. Calendar day-shift adjusted comparable store pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 1.3 percentage points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months, and were negatively impacted by 0.5 percentage points due to fewer flu shots in January versus last year. The lower incidence of flu negatively impacted pharmacy sales by 1.1 percentage points. Pharmacy sales accounted for 65.6% of total sales for the month.
Flu shots administered at pharmacies and clinics season to date were more than 7.5 million versus nearly 6.9 million last year.
Sales in comparable stores increased by 2.9% in January. Calendar day shifts negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.3 percentage point, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.9 percentage point.
Fiscal 2014 year-to-date sales for the first five months were $31.9 billion, up 5.7% from the comparable period in fiscal 2013.
Walgreens opened 12 stores during January, including three relocations, and closed three.