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Giant-Carlisle sponsors drug take-back events

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant-Carlisle will sponsor several drug take-back events on Oct. 29, the company said.

Giant-Carlisle — the chain owned by Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold that comprises Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets — said it would work with local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration to have the events at 29 stores in Pennsylvania. Medications will be accepted and destroyed at no cost to customers.

"We are proud to partner with the DEA and local law enforcement to help reduce the volume of unwanted medication in the community," Giant-Carlisle director of pharmacy operations Leigh Shirley said. "When medications are properly disposed, it lessens the likelihood that they may end up in the hands of a child or someone for whom they were not intended."

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CVS Caremark launches a new Droid app

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has released the Caremark.com Droid application, which provides Android users with access to the Drug Information Database to learn about various prescription drugs and allows CVS Caremark plan members to log in and manage their prescriptions online.

The free app can be used with Android 2.1 OS and above phones. Caremark.com has had an iPhone application available since July 2010, and this new Android application further broadens CVS Caremark members’ mobile access to their prescription information.

"At CVS Caremark we continue to find ways to engage and communicate with our members using new technologies to manage their prescriptions and keep them connected," stated Tim Kurth, VP e-business at CVS Caremark. "The availability of an Android app enables us to provide our plan members with convenient access to their Caremark.com accounts through their preferred mobile devices."

Any Android user can download the application and use the Drug Information function. This function will connect users to the Drug Information Database where they can research particular prescription medications, get information about how to take them, learn about available generic drug alternatives, see an image of the drug, learn about side effects and precautions and more.

CVS Caremark PBM members can use the application to register on Caremark.com or log in to their existing Caremark.com accounts from their Androids. Once they are logged in, members can perform a variety of functions, including:

  • Refill a prescription;
  • Check prescription order status;
  • View prescription history;
  • Easy mail-service prescription refills;
  • Online new prescription requests;
  • Check drug coverage and cost; and
  • Locate a network pharmacy.

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Report: Amazon tests public delivery lockers in Seattle, New York retailers

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Online retailer Amazon is testing robotic delivery lockers that people can use to receive items they order from the website, according to published reports.

Wired magazine reported online that the company was conducting the tests in Seattle and New York at Rite Aid and 7-Eleven stores, as well as other locations. The new service would allow people to select a locker location for delivery and then go to retrieve their items automatically using a six-digit code.

Wired noted that the concept made ordering from Amazon more convenient because it would allow customers to pick up their packages on the way home instead of having to wait for them to arrive at their homes.

UPDATE: Rite Aid spokesman Eric Harkreader told Drug Store News that a "handful" of Rite Aid stores were participating in the test, though he could not offer additional details. "To speculate beyond the test, I think, would be premature," he said.

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