CVS Pharmacy offers Shingrix nationwide
CVS Health’s retail division is offering patients at all of its more than 9,800 pharmacy locations the recently approved shingles vaccine Shingrix. The Woonsocket, R.I.-based company said that the vaccine is now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for patients ages 50 years and older.
Shingrix is considered more than 90% effective at preventing shingles, CVS Health said, noting that patients are recommended to receive two doses of the vaccine, two-to-six months apart.
“Vaccination is key to preventing shingles and CVS Pharmacy is pleased to be able to provide patients with convenient access to this new and more effective vaccine,” said Kevin Hourican CVS Pharmacy executive vice president of pharmacy services. “Our pharmacists can help patients determine if Shingrix is right for them and can vaccinate patients at times and locations that work for their busy schedules.”
CVS health said that many health plans, including Medicare Part D plans, will cover the vaccine.
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PrescribeWellness adds industry relations director
Irvine, Calif.-based cloud services company PrescribeWellness has named a new directory of industry relations. Eugene O’Donnell joins the company from Mirixa, where he oversaw business development, having previously led the development of tech-driven clinical care tools for pharmacists.
“We are excited to welcome Eugene to the team,” PrescribeWellness founder and CEO Al Babbington said. “Eugene brings with him years of pharmacy experience and relationships. He will be an asset in helping us to bring our technology solutions to community pharmacies across the nation — solutions that help them go ‘beyond the fill’ every day to provide important clinical and preventive care services to their communities — and get paid for them.”
O’Donnell has previously served as CEO of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association and the executive director of the Mississippi Pharmacy Association, where he advocated on behalf of pharmacists.
“The PrescribeWellness team is exceptional, and it is an honor to be a part of a solution so directly empowering pharmacists to deliver clinical services and assume a greater role in patient care,” said O’Donnell.