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CVS Caremark donating $6M in free flu shots to Direct Relief USA for uninsured patients

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has partnered with Direct Relief USA to offer up to $6 million in free flu shots to community clinic and health center patients who are uninsured, the company announced on Tuesday.

More than 400 participating clinics and health centers across the country will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a free flu shot voucher, which is redeemable at more than 7,200 CVS/pharmacy locations and the nearly 600 MinuteClinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores.

Flu shots are being provided by CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants every day, including evenings and weekends, with no appointment necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu shot, including those who were vaccinated last season.

Over the past three years, CVS Caremark has committed to providing up to $14 million in free flu shots to patients in need.

"Our goal this flu season is to make CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic the most convenient place to get a flu shot, which includes making sure that cost is not a barrier to this important preventive healthcare service," CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo said. "That is why we are working with Direct Relief USA, a dedicated healthcare organization whose extensive network of clinics and health centers will help us provide free flu shots to those who lack health insurance."

Direct Relief USA is a nonprofit organization that works with 1,100 clinics and health centers in all 50 states, providing them with free medications and supplies for their low-income and uninsured patients.

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C&D co-brands Simply Saline and Arm & Hammer

BY Michael Johnsen

PRINCETON, N.J. — Church & Dwight on Tuesday launched its new Arm & Hammer Simply Saline neti pot kit, which uses a formula that is pH balanced with Arm & Hammer baking soda to help prevent stinging or discomfort commonly associated with saline irrigation.

The product’s visible fill line and translucent orange color help ensure that consumers are able to achieve an optimal salt-to-water ratio during use, C&D stated. Each kit contains 50 saline packets. Arm & Hammer Simply Saline neti pot kit refill packets containing 100 packets also will be available.

For a limited time, Church & Dwight is offering consumers an opportunity to try the new Arm & Hammer Simply Saline neti pot kit for free through the brand’s "Try Me Free" promotion at specific retailers and online at SimplySaline.com.
    
Suggested retail prices range from $5.99 to $14.99.

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Definitive Homecare Solutions e-prescribing earns Surescripts certification

BY Alaric DeArment

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Electronic prescribing network Surescripts has certified Definitive Homecare Solutions’ CPR+ specialty pharmacy software for e-prescribing.

Definitive Homecare Solutions said CPR+ incorporates e-prescribing capabilities into a workflow queue that is designed specifically for specialty pharmacies, helping meet specialty pharmacies’ needs by providing a step-by-step process to guide them through patient intake, medication dispensing and refill, clinical patient assessment and reimbursement.

"We continually look for ways to enable greater efficiencies for our customers through automation," Definitive Homecare Solutions co-owner Stuart Crane said. "With the dramatic increase in the adoption of e-prescribing among physicians practices, the addition of e-prescribing to our offering to the specialty pharmacy market presents a tremendous opportunity for our customers to lower costs and increase referrals by taking advantage of this technology."

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