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CVS launches interactive Web and mobile features online

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark is providing customers with more tools to help them manage prescriptions, access health information and save money through new interactive Web and mobile features at CVS.com.

The new CVS.com Mobile (m.cvs.com) provides customers with an on-the-go pharmacy resource to refill, transfer and manage prescriptions. They can also find store locations and take advantage of such features as Savings Central and Virtual Gift Card. 

“The new CVS.com Mobile site is a helpful resource for customers who rely on real-time access to their medication history, drug information or simply need help with driving directions or a phone number to a nearby CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic,” stated Helena Foulkes, CMO of CVS Caremark. “Additionally, Savings Central provides users with a one-stop online destination for information on health care savings, deals and discounts. These new features, along with the addition of Virtual Gift Cards, are examples of how we are continuing to enhance the customer experience, both in-store and online.” 

By visiting CVS.com Mobile, patients can access the Drug Information Center, which allows rapid access to details about medication management, including instructions for use, dosing information, side effects and relevant safety warnings. 

Meanwhile, the new Savings Central combines information about healthcare savings with other deals and discounts in one location. By clicking on the “Savings Central” tab, budget-conscious customers can find ways to save money through coupons and special promotions. There are tabbed pages detailing information on such topics as pharmacy savings, circulars, in-store coupons, and online sales and specials.

 

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FDA using pharmaceutical market research to track influenza treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration is using prescription data from a pharmaceutical market research firm to track treatment of A-H1N1 and other influenza viruses.

Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions announced Wednesday that the FDA would use its weekly updates to see who was using the four most popular oral antiviral drugs — Roche’s Tamiflu (oseltamivir), GlaxoSmithKline’s Relenza (zanamivir), Forest Labs’ Flumadine (rimantadine) and Endo Pharmaceuticals’ Symmetrel (amantadine), the latter two of which are available in generic form — and identify clusters where large numbers of people use them.

“The FDA is using our prescription data as a means of tracking the treatment of populations affected by flu outbreaks, including the H1N1 virus, and the specific medications being used to treat them,” Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions CEO Mark Spiers said in a statement. “The data are typically not more than five days old upon delivery.”

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NACDS pharmacy affairs chief Rosato honored as distinguished Temple alumna

BY Jim Frederick

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Edith Rosato, SVP pharmacy affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and president of the NACDS Foundation, was honored Friday for her achievements and leadership in the pharmacy profession.

The honor came from Rosato’s alma mater, Temple University, which named the pharmacy veteran with the distinguished 2009 Gallery of Success Award. Rosato is a 1982 graduate of the Temple University School of Pharmacy.

Each of Temple’s 17 schools and colleges annually honor two alumni who serve as inspirations to the next generation of Temple graduates. “Ms. Rosato brings over 30 years of leadership and experience in the pharmaceutical industry to her position” at NACDS, Temple noted in announcing the award. “As a registered pharmacist, she has a deep commitment to the advancement of community pharmacy and advocates for the important and integral role for pharmacists in the delivery of quality health care to patients.”

Gallery of Success award recipients, including Rosato, will have their photos and biographies displayed on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia throughout the academic year.

“Edith’s alma mater should be commended for making an outstanding selection for this high honor,” noted NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Everyone at NACDS congratulates her on her achievements and looks forward to her continued success.”

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