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CVS Caremark takes medication consultation program to Tampa

BY Antoinette Alexander

TAMPA, Fla. CVS Caremark is looking to help seniors in Tampa manage their medication and save money on prescription drugs by teaming up with the National Council on Aging to bring the Pack Your Bag medication consultation program to the area.

“It’s important to review your medication regimen with your pharmacist on a regular basis, especially when filling a new prescription” stated Juan Oquendo, pharmacy manager for CVS/pharmacy. “For older people who often see multiple doctors, the pharmacy is a central point of care where potential drug interactions can be averted. What’s more, pharmacists are aware of the latest generic medications available and can suggest ways our patients can save money while maintaining good health. This is especially important in these economic times.”

Through the program, seniors are encouraged to pack a bag with their medications, including prescription drugs, OTC medications and dietary supplements for a review in one-on-one consultations with a CVS pharmacist.

The program also includes a presentation by the pharmacist on improving health through medication compliance and advice on how to save money on medications.

Since the program’s inception last year and more than 5,000 Pack Your Bag consultations, CVS pharmacists have found:

  • 7% of seniors were taking expired medications
  • 14% were not taking medications as prescribed
  • 10% were at risk for potential drug interactions
  • 15% had the opportunity to switch to money-saving generics.

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Bartell Drugs collects food for people in need

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE A regional retail pharmacy chain has collected enough food for more than 15,000 meals for people in need.

Bartell Drugs announced Thursday that its “Stock the Pantry” food drive, which it had conducted with Northwest Harvest and Fisher Communications, had collected 16,767 pounds of food through the chain’s 55 stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

“Year-around hunger is an unfortunate reality for many children and their families, as well as many seniors,” Bartell chairman and CEO George Bartell said. “Through the generous contributions by our customers, we’re proud to support Northwest Harvest with this effort.

The food drive was launched in May as a way to help Northwest Harvest replenish its food stocks during the summer months.

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OSI Pharmaceuticals moving to Westchester Co., N.Y.

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MELVILLE, N.Y. Biotech company OSI Pharmaceuticals plans to move its U.S. operations to a single campus in upstate New York, the company announced this week.

OSI announced that it had purchased a 43-acre site in Ardsley, a community in the town of Greenburgh, N.Y., and would move 350 employees from Melville and Farmingdale, N.Y., Cedar Knolls, N.J., and Boulder, Colo., to the new campus in the second half of this year.

“The past 10 years has been a remarkable journey as the company has successfully brought its first oncology product, Tarceva, to market and taken the business profitable,” OSI CEO Colin Goddard said. “Nonetheless, we have recognized that we will only truly capture the full strategic value of our oncology franchise if we simplify our business by bringing together all the elements of our U.S. operations onto a single site.”

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