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NACDS member to testify at congressional hearing on behalf of Walgreens

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Frank Muscato, organized retail crime investigator for Walgreens, will testify before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Monday to discuss the effects of organized retail crime on retail pharmacies.

In July, Reps. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, introduced the Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008 (HR 6491). The bill would amend federal criminal code, making it illegal to engage in activities that further organized retail crime.

Soon after, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., chairman of the subcommittee, introduced the E-Fencing Enforcement Act of 2008 (HR 6713), which addresses the selling of stolen goods online.

In the Senate, S. 3434, the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008, was introduced by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. The Durbin bill would clarify existing law to give law enforcement the tools to prosecute ORC, require online and offline marketplaces to investigate suspicious sales, and place basic disclosure requirements on online marketplaces.

Muscato’s testimony will take place at 4 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building as the committee has a hearing on House and Senate bills meant to combat organized retail crime.

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Save Mart guarantees prescription filling in 19 minutes or less

BY Adam Kraemer

MODESTO, Calif. In an effort to provide faster service, Save Mart Supermarkets has announced that its Save Mart and Lucky banners will guarantee an order of up to three prescriptions filled within 19 minutes.

Customers whose prescriptions take longer than 19 minutes to fill will receive Save Mart’s offer of dinner and a movie: a $10 store gift card and a free one-night rental from redbox. “Every pharmacy needs to fill every prescription accurately,” said Michele Snider, senior director of pharmacy at Save Mart Supermarkets. “Our pharmacies already provide excellent customer service, and now our 19-Minute Promise will ensure that we also deliver prescriptions quickly.”

Save Mart Supermarkets operates 116 pharmacies in 250 stores in Northern California and Northern Nevada.

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Study finds home delivery of prescriptions increases generics sales

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Patients are more likely to use generic drugs if they get them from home delivery pharmacies rather than retail pharmacies, according to a study by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, which operates a home delivery service.

The study found that patients using Sanofi-Aventis’ Ambien (zolpidem) or a generic version of the drug were 34 percent more likely to pick the generic version if they received it by home delivery.

“Financial incentives are important but not enough to realize the full money-saving potential of therapeutically equivalent generics,” study author Emily Cox said.

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