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Kroger prepares for Little Clinic rollout

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Retail grocery chain Kroger has made a “significant” investment in retail clinic operator The Little Clinic that will support a clinic rollout.

Neither terms of the deal nor details of the rollout plan were disclosed.

The Little Clinic, which was founded in 2003, currently operates 26 walk-in medical clinics inside Kroger’s family of stores.

“We welcome Kroger as a shareholder and partner in building a leader in consumer healthcare. We share a commitment to deliver innovative, quality, affordable healthcare to consumers across the country,” stated Molly Ashby, founder and chief executive officer of Solera Capital and chairman of The Little Clinic.

Kroger operates nearly 2,500 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less and Fry’s.

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Bystolic fulfills pharmacists’ desire for a new beta-blocker

BY Drew Buono

NEW YORK Forest Laboratories and Mylan’s new, once-daily hypertension drug Bystolic now is available in pharmacies nationwide.

A recent survey showed that out of 20,000 retail pharmacists, 78 percent felt there was a need for a beta-blocker with an improved tolerability profile.

More than 2,000 people received Bystolic (nebivolol) during clinical trials. The drug’s efficacy was similar to that of other approved beta-blockers, the FDA said. The most common reported side effects were headache, fatigue, dizziness and diarrhea.

Hypertension affects about 72 million adults in America.

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Tenn. pharmacy school receives $600,000 grant

BY Drew Buono

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Lipscomb University has received a $600,000 grant from The Memorial Foundation to support the school’s new $10.1 million pharmacy school, which will receive its first class in August, according to published reports. The Lipscomb College of Pharmacy has accepted 75 students in its first class.

The money will be used to build three patient support laboratories where students will learn to compound and prepare drugs, carry out experiments and examine and assess patients.

The school will be located in the Burton Health Sciences Center. In honor of the foundation’s grant the labs will be named The Memorial Foundation Pharmacy Practice Center.

“We believe it is a good investment for the community and for those students who want to prepare for a career in pharmacy,” said J.D. Elliott, president of The Memorial Foundation.

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