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Kerr Drug introduces Simplify My Meds synchronized-prescription program

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug has introduced a new prescription-synchronization service, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Kerr, a regional chain based in Raleigh, N.C., announced the introduction of the new Simplify My Meds synchronized prescription refill service. The service uses the chain’s new central-fill center in Kerr, and the company said it hoped the program would solidify customer loyalty by increasing convenience.

"We have been moving beyond a simple dispensing model, which is critical in keeping pace with the changing retail pharmacy world, as well as how our patients interact with it," Kerr Drug CEO Tony Civello said. "That is why we have already deployed programs like auto refill, mobile app, text messaging and now Simplify My Meds. We must not only find technologies to maximize the utilization of our pharmacist resources, but be reachable how and where our customer needs to be."

Customers can request to have a pharmacist enroll them in the program, pick a convenient date each month and ensure that their prescriptions will be ready for pickup on time. They also will have access to free consultations each month for any concerns about medications.

The company announced the opening of the central fill operation in Raleigh in February, under a partnership with PDX and ScriptPro.

 

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NASP appoints Onco360 CEO to board

BY Alaric DeArment

TAMPA, Fla. — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy has appointed the leader of a cancer-focused specialty pharmacy to its board of directors.

The NASP announced Monday the appointment of Onco360 CEO Burt Zweigenhaft. Onco360 does business as OncoMed, The Oncology Pharmacy, and Zweigenhaft has served as CEO since 2007. The organization said that he had helped Onco360 grow from being a single pharmacy serving oncologists in the New York area to one of the fastest-growing pharmacies of its kind in the country.

"Specialty pharmacy is a unique field that requires professional services to support its growth and expansion," Zweigenhaft said. "I am excited and honored to contribute my knowledge and experience to support the NASP mission of bringing together all specialty pharmacy stakeholders to drive quality and improve care and outcomes."

 

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Beyond Meat launches meatless chicken strips

BY Jason Owen

LOS ANGELES — Meatless Monday is a public health initiative started in 2003 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has seen increased growth over the past decade with support from celebrities, chefs, schools and communities. As the idea of substituting one meal with meat per week for a meatless meal continues to gain steam, some food suppliers are taking notice.

Beyond Meat, the makers of plant-based protein foods that take the animal out of meat, announced today the national rollout of Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips to provide consumers with a clean, plant-based protein that replicates the taste, texture and nutritional benefits of meat.

Passionate about improving health, reducing ecological footprint and improving animal welfare, Beyond Meat founder and CEO Ethan Brown believes Americans are ready for more choices when it comes to protein. By launching a chicken substitute that doesn’t sacrifice on taste, chew or satisfaction, Brown believes anyone looking to reduce meat consumption will be able to do so quite easily.

"We believe the future of protein is animal-free. We want Beyond Meat to be sold as a meat alternative in places where you would ordinarily find meat. Whether that is in the meat case at your local grocery store or at your local fast food restaurant chain," Brown explained. "This is very different from how meat alternatives are positioned today where you have to hunt them down in a separate refrigerated section far from areas where you would find meat."

Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips are made with a blend of pea and soy protein, offering consumers 20 g of protein per 3-oz. serving and 120 calories; by comparison, a 3-oz. serving of chicken breast also has around 20 g of protein. In addition, these plant-based strips have no saturated or trans fat and are cholesterol-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, egg-free, GMO-free, hormone-free and antibiotic-free. They are available in three flavors: Southwest, Lightly Seasoned and Grilled at Whole Foods locations nationwide.


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