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Heparin supplier APP Pharmaceuticals launches patient safety site

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. The sole supplier of heparin sodium vials for the United States has launched a Web site to educate the public on the heparin manufacturing process and reduce heparin-related medication errors.

APP Pharmaceuticals announced Thursday that it had launched the site, “Working Together for Patient Safety,” at www.apppharma.com/safety, to coincide with the midyear clinical meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in Orlando, Fla., from Dec. 7 to 11.

“This initiative is driven by our responsibility to ensure a safe and ample supply of heparin for the thousands of patients who rely on this medication every day,” APP president and chief executive officer Thomas Silberg said in a statement. “Our goal is to provide clinicians and the general public with an understanding of the multifaceted process that goes into the manufacturing and testing of each vial of heparin.”

Heparin has been the cause of some controversy lately as hundreds of patients have had medical emergencies or died from using contaminated supplies of the drug from China.

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CVS Caremark plans to open location in Tulsa area

BY Antoinette Alexander

TULSA, Okla. CVS Caremark is looking to enter the Tulsa market in 2009, according to a local news report.

The company currently has 34 pharmacy locations in the state, but none that operate in the Tulsa area. According to the report, the company will open two or three stores in that market.

According to the report, one of the stores will be located at the site of a former Bennigan’s restaurant at the northeast corner of 71st Street and Yale Avenue—one of the business intersections in south Tulsa. The current building will be torn down for construction of the pharmacy, which is expected to open in October.

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Humana expands MinuteClinic network for TRICARE customers

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Humana Military Healthcare Services, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., has added additional MinuteClinic locations for its TRICARE benefits customers.

Initially, MinuteClinic services were available to beneficiaries in select cities in Oklahoma and Texas beginning in October. Clinics are now available to beneficiaries in the following locations: Boca Raton/West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa in Florida; Atlanta, Ga.; Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, S.C.; and Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.

“MinuteClinic has been a great addition to our provider network,” said Dave Baker, president of chief executive officer of HMHS. “We are pleased with the success of this relationship and the ability to expand this service to more beneficiaries in the South region.”

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