Giant-Landover appoints Gayle Shields as director of pharmacy operations
LANDOVER, Md. — Giant-Landover has appointed Gayle Shields as its director of pharmacy operations, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said Friday.
Shields brings nearly 25 years of pharmacy operations experience to the chain, officially known as Giant Food of Landover, Md., and a separate banner from Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food Stores, also owned by Ahold. Shields previously worked as director of pharmacy operations for Albertson’s and Save Mart, and attended college and graduate school in South Africa.
"We’re excited to welcome Gayle to our Giant family," Giant SVP store operations Shane Sampson said. "Our leadership team is gaining an employee with great knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. With 24 years of pharmacy experience and five years of experience in a director position, we know Gayle is a great fit for this job and for our team."
Navarro Discount Pharmacy expands adult vaccine offerings
MIAMI and PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — In light of new Florida regulations allowing certified pharmacists to administer a broader range of immunizations, Navarro Discount Pharmacy has expanded vaccine availability at all of its 31 locations in south Florida to include immunizations for both shingles and pneumonia, in addition to the flu vaccine.
“As a community pharmacy, we are very pleased to be able to offer these expanded vaccinations for adults, educate customers and improve their health and well-being,” stated Albert Garcia, EVP and president of Navarro Health Services. “Our certified pharmacists have undergone extensive training and are extremely knowledgeable about shingles, pneumonia and the seasonal flu, illnesses that disproportionately affect the elderly in our community.”
The Florida Department of Health recently approved new regulations giving certified pharmacists the ability to administer both Zostavax — a one-time vaccine that can reduce the risk of shingles in individuals 60 years of age and older — and Pneumovax, the pneumococcal vaccine, to help protect against pneumonia. Thousands of American adults die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
Immunizations may be covered by insurance and customers are encouraged to contact their insurance provider for details. Navarro accepts most health insurance plans and no appointment is necessary to receive the immunizations.
With more than 80 trained clinical staff comprised of Florida registered pharmacists, Navarro Discount Pharmacy is certified for immunization through the Florida Board of Pharmacy, the retailer stated.
The pharmacist factor
It’s probably no surprise that for the 9-of-10 patients who say they have a preferred pharmacy that the pharmacist is a very important factor in choosing one pharmacy over another (37% overall), according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. It should be even less surprising that this number was even higher among patients who listed the local independent as their preferred pharmacy (54%). It is interesting to note that scores were also higher among supermarket pharmacies (37%) than traditional drug chains (34%).
Looking at the key factors patients use to choose a preferred pharmacy, No. 2 on the list is customer service, which was listed in the top three among 57% of patients; No. 6 on the list, "trust/pharmacist relationship" ranked in the top three for 22% of patients. To learn more about how patients choose a preferred pharmacy, click here.
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