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The Little Clinic, UC Health Partners, King Soopers ink new affiliation

BY Antoinette Alexander

DENVER — The University of Colorado Health Partners, The Little Clinic and King Soopers have announced an affiliation that will provide consumers with more options to improve their health through improved healthcare services, access to professionals in a variety of fields, such as nutrition and wellness programs.
 
“The unique collaboration among The Little Clinic, King Soopers and the University of Colorado Health Partners allows each of us to utilize our respective strengths to benefit the consumer,” explained Ken Patric, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic. “With health and wellness at the center of our focus, nurse practitioners, physicians, pharmacists, dieticians, educators and others from our organizations are unified toward a common goal of improving the health of communities on the Front Range.”
 
Lilly Marks, VP for health affairs for the University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, added, “At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, we combine four core missions on a daily basis: education, research, clinical practice and community service. Through The Little Clinic inside King Soopers, CU Health Partners and University Physicians will be able to more directly connect with our community in neighborhoods where patients live throughout Colorado. The Little Clinic meets several essential demands in today’s healthcare marketplace, including convenience and access, and the University of Colorado Health Partners is proud to connect our vast network of quality health care professionals to meet these needs.”
 
One of the primary consumer benefits is the ability of The Little Clinic patients to access the nearby A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center in Stapleton for lab work, x-rays, physicians and specialty services such as sports medicine and physical therapy. Patients at A.F. Williams can also access care at The Little Clinic for common family illnesses, minor injuries, vaccinations and other wellness services in the evenings, on weekends and when their physician is unavailable.
 
The Little Clinic opened a new location inside the Stapleton King Soopers this past July, and A.F. Williams Family Medical Center is located less than one mile from the new clinic.
 
This affiliation follows two other programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus already supported by King Soopers, including an educational grocery lab at the new Colorado Center for Health and Wellness on campus and the 5th Gear program focused on reducing childhood obesity rates.
 
“King Soopers is dedicated to providing value to our shoppers when they need advice on making healthier lifestyle choices with food, access to medical care and necessary medications, and so much more. With The Little Clinic and the University of Colorado Health Partners enhancing our community offering, King Soopers is proud to say that your health needs are being met in your neighborhood,” added Russ Dispense, president of King Soopers.


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FDA approves Wockhardt generic ulcer drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic ulcer treatment made by Wockhardt, the Indian drug maker said Monday.

Wockhardt announced the approval and launch of lansoprazole delayed-release capsules in the 15-mg and 30-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Prevacid, which Takeda markets in the United States.

The drug has a market of about $700 million in the United States, according to IMS Health.


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CVS/pharmacy offers double quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards for limited time

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare program, which boasts more than 70 million active members, now gives shoppers the ability to earn bigger rewards on most purchases during the peak fall and winter shopping season.

From Sept. 16 through Dec. 15, ExtraCare members can double their quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards by choosing to participate.

CVS/pharmacy was the first in the industry to launch and carry out a successful loyalty program. This year alone, members of the program have received more than $1.6 billion in ExtraCare savings and rewards. Now it will be even easier for customers to earn bigger rewards when purchasing products at CVS/pharmacy.

"With 15 years of leadership and innovation under our belt, we have learned what works when it comes to delivering personalized value to our customers," stated Rob Price, SVP and chief marketing officer for CVS/pharmacy. "Our ExtraCare members love earning and cashing in ExtraBucks Rewards. They think of it as ‘free CVS money’, so we are excited to give them the opportunity to earn double the rewards this fall."

Once enrolled, ExtraCare members will earn 4% back — instead of 2% — of nearly all dollars spent on everyday purchases at CVS/pharmacy through Dec. 15. All Double Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards will be paid out starting on Jan. 1, 2013, and shoppers can use them like "free CVS money" that can be spent on most things in the store.

Since its launch, CVS/pharmacy has continued to innovate by offering shoppers new and personalized ways to save through ExtraCare. From the in-store ExtraCare Coupon Center, such opt-in programs as ExtraCare Beauty Club and ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes, and the newest "send to card" digital savings option, shoppers have many options to choose how they want to engage with CVS/pharmacy and receive savings and rewards.

Members can log on to CVS.com/extracare or access the CVS mobile app to view what personalized ExtraSavings and ExtraBucks Rewards are currently available, and choose to "print" or "send to card" their coupon savings and ExtraBucks Rewards. In addition, members can use the CVS mobile app to digitally store their ExtraCare card in their smartphone, eliminating the need to carry an ExtraCare card when shopping.

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