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NACDS addresses medication adherence at Senate Health Fair

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON The National Association of Chain Drug Stores emphasized the importance of pharmacy-patient interaction at this year’s Senate Health Fair, held last week in Washington, D.C.

The chain pharmacy lobby hosted an exhibit at the fair that emphasized the importance of medication adherence. More than 200 Senate staffers visited the NACDS booth over the two-day event, NACDS said. Pharmacists from NACDS members Kerr Drug Supervalu pharmacies counseled staffers on proper medication use, answered questions on health issues and provided advice on predispositions to chronic diseases.

“This is the first time NACDS has been invited to participate in the Senate Health Fair, clearly demonstrating the valuable role that pharmacy plays in the healthcare delivery system,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Pharmacy is the face of neighborhood health care, and NACDS is committed to showcasing this value.”

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Walgreens launches Rx savings club with Epocrates

BY Allison Cerra

SAN MATEO, Calif. A drug store chain and a leading provider of mobile drug reference tools and interactive services have inked a deal to provide patients with lower-cost medication options, yielding significant monthly savings on frequent and required medications.

Walgreens and Epocrates’ Walgreens Prescription Savings Club is a formulary list of more than 8,000 branded and generic medications, which now is easily accessible to physicians and other prescribing healthcare providers using Epocrates’ mobile and online drug reference products, the companies said. Using Epocrates, healthcare providers quickly can check and compare the Walgreens PSC formulary to determine if a less expensive drug option is available for patients.

More than 2 million pharmacy patients are enrolled in Walgreens PSC.

“Providing the Epocrates network of prescribers convenient access to our Prescription Savings Club prices will help continue to drive awareness around the exceptional value the discount club offers on a broad range of medications,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens VP pharmacy operations. “As healthcare providers, we help patients be compliant with their medications and want to make sure they are aware of their options, including ways to realize savings without compromising safety, service or convenience.”

Epocrates’ free drug reference application, featuring retail, government and health insurance formulary lists, is available online or for download to such mobile devices as iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid and Palm. Further information about the Prescription Savings Club is available at Walgreens.com/rxsavingsclub.

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Nutramax’s joint health supplement featured in book

BY Allison Cerra

EDGEWOOD, Md. CosaminASU was named a preferred joint health supplement in a new book, "FrameWork for the Knee."

“In ‘FrameWork for the Knee,’ Dr. Nick DiNubile continues to stress the importance of exercise, nutrition and the mind in maintaining health,” said Troy Henderson, VP corporate operations and professional services at Nutramax Labs. “Physicians repeatedly recommended Cosamin products because of their high-quality ingredients and Nutramax Labs’s strict adherence to [good manufacturing practices].”

 

Added the book’s author Dr. Nick DiNubile, “Not only do I take CosaminASU myself, I also recommend CosaminASU to my patients who have joint issues and who have had cartilage regeneration type of surgery, such as microfracture or chondrocyte transplantation.”

 

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