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Fruth to use Activant for all business and point-of-sale operations

BY Alaric DeArment

LIVERMORE, Calif. Fruth Pharmacy will manage business and point-of-sale operations using the Activant Eagle software platform, maker Activant Solutions announced Monday.

Fruth selected the platform in June, Activant said, to manage inventory and improve retail efficiency. The company’s Business Advisor software will help Fruth’s executives gauge the chain’s profitability, monitor individual store performance and control inventory across its 25 stores and two warehouses.

“It is impossible to try to manage a business and make effective executive decisions these days based on quarterly and year-end reports,” Fruth Pharmacy chief executive officer Don Pullin said. “We wanted more timely data so that we could catch negative trends in time and reverse them, while also identifying and making the most positive trends.”

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Pharmacy drives higher percentage of grocery store numbers

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. Drug stores are the traditional sources for all things pharmaceutical, but grocery stores are moving in to challenge their dominance, according to The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind.

As prescription sales grow in proportion to overall sales, supermarkets have begun positioning themselves as health shops, as well. Cincinnati-based Kroger, for example, hopes to edge itself into the market with a cholesterol-reducing milk sold under its Active Lifestyle private label while also selling anti-cholesterol medication.

According to the Food Marketing Institute, drug sales at supermarkets increased by 3.4 percent, to 9.4 percent, between 1997 and 2007. Also, between 1996 and 2006, the number of supermarket pharmacies increased from 6,155 to 10,163, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

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PDX, Rx.com to partner with Google Health on electronic records

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FORT WORTH, Texas Google Health’s roster of business partners keeps on expanding.

PDX and Rx.com announced Monday that they were partnering with Google Health to make prescription data managed for chain and independent pharmacies available to Google Health users, allowing any pharmacy using the PDX Electronic Health Record or the Rx.com Electronic Prescription Record to import customers’ prescription histories into Google Health.

Each of the company’s pharmacy clients can have its own relationship with Google Health, but PDX will integrate the pharmacy with the Google Health platform.

“PDX is pleased to be the first aggregator of multi-pharmacy electronic prescription records to enter into a strategic relationship with Google,” said Ken Hill, chief executive officer of PDX and Rx.com. “This new agreement will allow our pharmacy customers—both chain and independents—the ability to integrate client prescription history into Google Health at the user’s request.”

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