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Kroger aids underinsured, uninsured customers with free flu shot vouchers

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — In an effort to assure that its customers stay healthy this holiday season, Kroger is offering free flu shot vouchers to the Salvation Army and Feeding America, a leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

Underinsured or uninsured shoppers in areas with a Kroger or a Kroger banner pharmacy — including City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s — are eligible. The flu shot vouchers also can be redeemed at The Little Clinic, Kroger’s retail health clinic chain that operates in 77 stores under the Kroger, Fry’s and King Soopers banners.

The vouchers are available at the Salvation Army and local Feeding America food banks.

"We’re proud of the role our pharmacists and nurse practitioners play in keeping our customers healthy," said Lincoln Lutz, Kroger VP pharmacy. "Kroger has long partnerships with Feeding America and the Salvation Army and we’re pleased we can work together again during the flu season to promote health and wellness through these free flu shot vouchers."

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Mylan gets FDA nod for generic Adalat CC

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for hypertension made by Mylan.

Mylan announced Friday the approval of nifedipine extended-release tablets in the 30-mg, 60-mg and 90-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Bayer’s Adalat CC.

Nifedipine tablets had sales of around $82 million during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health.

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Universal American announces 2010 Community CCRx Pharmacy of the Year

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RYE BROOK, N.Y. — The second-largest Medicare Part D plan sponsor in the country has named an independent pharmacy as its pharmacy of the year.

Universal American announced Thursday that it gave the 2010 Community CCRx Pharmacy of the Year recognition to Peterson Drug and Gifts in Mountain Lake, Minn. The award takes its name from Universal American’s Community CCRx Prescription Drug plans, in which Peterson Drug and Gifts participates.

“The foundation of the Community CCRx is to provide members with a supportive relationship we call ‘A Healthy Collaboration,’” Universal American Medicare prescription drug plan business president John Wardle stated. “Pharmacists help our members understand their drug regimens, counsel patients to prevent dangerous drug interactions and work to save members money by helping them switch to lower-cost, equally effective medications when appropriate.”

Universal American said Peterson Drug and Gifts received the award in recognition of its work inside and outside the pharmacy, having reached the highest possible tiers for generic dispensing and maintenance supply rates, and having completed 90% of its available medication therapy management cases.

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