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Kinney Drugs offers 30-day prescriptions at no upfront cost to certain Obamacare enrollees

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Regional chain Kinney Drugs is the latest to offer prescriptions at no upfront cost to some customers who have enrolled in Obamacare, according to published reports.

The Syracuse, N.Y., Post-Standard reported Friday that the Gouverneur, N.Y.-based chain would offer 30-day prescriptions to customers who have enrolled, but have not received an identification number. The offer is good through the month of January. Kinney operates 99 stores in central and northern New York and adjacent areas of Vermont.

Several national retail chains have announced similar plans, including Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart and Kroger.

 

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APhA looks back on 2013, forward to 2014 as group aims for provider status for pharmacists

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Serious discussion about the possibility of officially granting healthcare provider status to pharmacists is among the achievements that a pharmacy professional group cited as it welcomed the new year.

In a statement released on New Year’s Day, American Pharmacists Association EVP and CEO Thomas Menighan wrote that while a proposed amendment to the sustainable growth rate bill in 2013 to grant pharmacists provider status wasn’t introduced or approved, "we can officially say that the topic of provider status for pharmacists is being discussed in the Senate."

Menighan wrote that the APhA would continue pushing for provider status for pharmacists and developing a standard patient care process, noting that the profession has been lacking in that area, unlike standardized processes for medicine and nursing. "[But] we’re poised to fix that," he wrote, adding that the group is also working with the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners to develop a vision statement to further define the future of pharmacy practice.

 

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Teva launches authorized generic version of Pfizer’s Detrol LA

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JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat overactive bladder, the company said Friday.

Teva announced the launch of authorized generic tolterodine tartrate extended-release capsules in the 2-mg and 4-mg strengths. Authorized generics are branded drugs marketed under their generic names at a discounted price, usually under contracts between the branded manufacturers and third-party companies.

The drug is a version of Pfizer’s Detrol LA, which had sales of about $571.5 million during the 12-month period that ended in September, according to IMS Health.

 

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