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Kirby Lester, Tri State Distribution team up in pharmacy automation deal

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Kirby Lester will provide pharmacy automation equipment for a distribution company based in Tennessee.

Kirby Lester announced that its KL60 compact robotic dispenser would provide its KL60 compact robotic dispenser, which would be the exclusive pharmacy automation for Tri State Distribution’s TriMaxx three-sided container, closer and label system. The companies announced the deal before the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference in Denver, which ended Tuesday.

"We are very pleased to provide robotic automation for this very unique container," Kirby Lester president and CEO Garry Zage said. "With the expanded label space and easy-to-read flat panels, I am confident pharmacies will experience an increase in patient compliance."

The TriMaxx system is designed to provide more space for dosage, refill and warning information than traditional round vials, leaving space for larger font sizes and custom messages for the patient.


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Sam’s Club offering diabetes screenings

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year. To help its customers better understand this illness, Sam’s Club pharmacy locations are offering free diabetes and vision screenings (diabetes is a leading cause of blindness) for members and the public on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sam’s Club’s free diabetes screenings are valued at more than $150 and include:

  • Glucose tests;

  • A1C tests (blood test for diagnosed diabetics that measures blood sugar);

  • Vision tests; and

  • Blood pressure and body mass index tests.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage — or even prevent — diabetes," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "As we offer the diabetes screenings for a second year, I am reminded of Member stories where they came in for a screening or product samples and learned about a possible health problem, which led them to make an appointment with a health care provider. It is stories like this that remind us why we offer these invaluable free screenings to our communities."

Sam’s Club has dedicated the current issue of Healthy Living Made Simple magazine to diabetes lifestyle management and prevention tips for September and women’s health tips for October. The next monthly health screening on Oct. 13 will also focus on women’s health.


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How patients choose a preferred pharmacy

BY Rob Eder

More than 90% of pharmacy patients have a preferred pharmacy — and for 98% of that group, it isn’t mail order. But how do patients choose a preferred pharmacy, you ask? According to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients, conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August, after convenience/location (among the top three factors selected by 75% of patients), the second most critical reason is customer service (top three for 57% of patients). This is strong indication that pharmacy retailers need to pump more investment into pharmacy customer engagement and efforts to transform the drug store from just a dispensary of prescriptions to a destination for a broader array of health services.

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Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that will be appear in every edition of DSN magazine and the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 4,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to reder@lf.com.

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