NACDS urges Congress to focus on adherence, pharmacy access
ALEXANDRIA, Va. In a letter to House speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the National Association of Chain Drug Stores commented on aspects of President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget proposal that directly related to pharmacy’s ability to serve as the face of neighborhood health care.
“We are committed to working with Congress and the Obama administration to advance a budget that meets the healthcare needs of our nation’s citizens, and provides opportunities to expand the role of neighborhood pharmacies as healthcare providers,” wrote NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.
In the letter, NACDS emphasized the following points:
- The need to extend the currently in-place increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, which provides federal funding for state Medicaid programs;
- The opportunities to use pharmacy services to help patients take their medications appropriately, as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s proposed Big Cities initiative targeting chronic diseases;
- NACDS’ support for the president’s proposal to increase funding for Drug Enforcement Administration staffing to battle methamphetamine abuse; and
- The need to include anti-fraud, waste and abuse programs in Medicare and Medicaid that are targeted to high-risk areas, as opposed to counterproductive measures such as the “one-size-fits-all” surety bond and accreditation requirements for providers of durable medical equipment under Medicare.
Duane Reade opens fifth walk-in medical clinic in New York
NEW YORK A new walk-in clinic at a Duane Reade store in Chelsea officially opened on Wednesday, making it the fifth Duane Reade location with “Doctor on Premises” walk-in medical care.
The physician-staffed clinic is managed by Consumer Health Services and is also affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and accepts most insurance plans.
“Walk-in, neighborhood-based medical care is a growing trend in this country, and it’s a very positive trend,” stated Dr. Maggie Bertisch, M.D., medical director for New York Walk-In Medical Group PC. “It allows healthcare providers to offer a more convenient, affordable alternative to crowded emergency rooms, while delivering safe, quality medical care in a New York minute.” According to CHS, Duane Reade is planning to add more on-site health clinics in 2010.
As reported, Walgreens, which owns retail-based clinic operator Take Care Health Systems, announced on Wednesday that is has reached an agreement to buy Duane Reade in a deal valued at nearly $1.1 billion.
Hi-Tech Pharmacal, Mission Pharmacal to market new kidney stone treatment
AMITYVILLE, N.Y. Hi-Tech Pharmacal and Mission Pharmacal Co. are planning to market a new treatment for kidney stones to doctors starting in April, the drug maker announced Wednesday.
Under a license agreement between the two companies, Hi-Tech will promote UroCit-K 15mEq (potassium citrate) extended-release tablets to primary care physicians through subsidiary ECR Pharmaceuticals, while Mission will promote it to urologists. The drug is a twice-daily treatment.
“We are pleased to introduce another unique prescription branded product to the primary care market,” Hi-Tech president and CEO David Seltzer said in a statement. “UroCit-K 15mEq is a highly effective product, available in a convenient dosing regimen which will increase patient compliance.”