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Making friends with pharmacy in the heart of Kinney Country

BY Alaric DeArment

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — When you get north of Syracuse, N.Y., you enter a special part of Retail Pharmacy America known as “Kinney Country,” where people know their neighbors and everybody knows their neighborhood drug store.


Kinney Drugs, an employee-owned company with 92 stores in northern New York and Vermont that marked its 107th anniversary this year, sponsored a series of promotional programs throughout October to mark American Pharmacists Month, including an advertising and public relations campaign, free gifts for customers, a “Vote For Your Favorite Pharmacist” contest, the introduction of such new pharmacy programs as automatic refills and the promotion of such services as flu immunizations, free consultations, generic drug prescription discounts and electronic prescribing.


The whole effort was aimed at encouraging patients to develop close relationships with their pharmacists and see them as healthcare providers rather than mere clerks, with the ultimate goal of promoting medication adherence. According to healthcare research firm IMS Health, only 25% to 30% of new prescriptions in the United States are taken properly, and poor medication adherence wastes $290 billion in emergency room visits.


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NACDS Foundation encouraging research on problem of primary medication nonadherence

BY Jim Frederick

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is inviting health and pharmacy experts and other researchers to join the Herculean effort to improve patient adherence rates.

The invitation comes in the form of a new Request for Proposal, issued Tuesday by the NACDS Foundation. The foundation is seeking bids from research organizations to study primary medication nonadherence, which occurs when a patient fails to fill or pick up his or her newly prescribed medication.

To that end, the group has set aside funding for qualified researchers to measure PMN rates, and to develop, test and evaluate the effectiveness of PMN interventions in the pharmacy setting.

“The NACDS Foundation’s Request for Proposal seeks to examine primary medication nonadherence rates, and ways in which the healthcare system — through the collaborative integration, engagement and intervention of pharmacists, physicians and other healthcare providers, and the proper and effective use of health information technology — can be utilized to improve overall patient health outcomes and medication adherence rates,” said NACDS Foundation president Edith Rosato.

NACDS called medication nonadherence “a patient crisis and multibillion-dollar healthcare problem in the United States.” Citing a study from the New England Healthcare Institute, the foundation noted, “When a patient does not fill or properly take [his or her] prescribed medications correctly it leads to dangerous complications, emergency room visitations and hospital admissions — needlessly costing more than $290 billion annually.”

According to a recent peer-reviewed study, U.S. patients failed to even pick up nearly 1-in-4 newly prescribed medications. “This trend was especially prevalent among patients with chronic disease, such as hypertension and diabetes,” NACDS noted.

All proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on March 15.

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Report: Intel to open worksite clinic for employees

BY Antoinette Alexander

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Intel is helping its employees gain convenient access to health care with the opening this week of an on-site medical center at its Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro, which will be operated by Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems, according to local news reports.

Later this year, Intel is looking to open a second worksite medical clinic at is Ronler Acres Campus, according to reports.

The 5,000-sq.-ft. Health for Life Center will give Intel employees access to a full-time physician, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, a physical therapist, phlebotomists and health coaches, according to reports.

Services include urgent care, routine primary care, lab testing, vaccinations, physical therapy, pharmacy services and fitness training. The medical center also will identify chronic health conditions and provide education on how to reduce risk factors, reports stated.

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