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Navarro Discount Pharmacy implements EZ Meds packaging system to boost Rx adherence

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI, Fla. — Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 33 locations in Southern Florida, has introduced a compliance packaging program, EZ Meds Medicine Packaging System, that organizes a patient’s prescription medications into individual packets with labels and instructions.

“Lack of medication adherence has serious health implications and is the No. 1 reason why people become hospitalized. People taking medications face many challenges, such as consistent timing, interactions with food or other medicines taken and not understanding the need to take their medicine as prescribed,” stated Albert Garcia, Navarro’s EVP of pharmacy and president of Navarro Health Services. “Opportunities, such as EZ Meds, make it easier for people to adhere to their prescription regimens and keep track of their medications thus improving their quality of life and health outcomes.”

Launched by Navarro Health Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarro Discount Pharmacy, EZ Meds is powered by the Parata EZ Med Machine purchased by Navarro for $500,000. The equipment is located in Navarro’s 2,500-sq.-ft. fulfillment center facility at its Medley headquarters where prescriptions are centralized for all of its pharmacy locations, maximizing efficiencies and allowing in-store pharmacists to spend more quality time with customers ensuring world class care.

How it works: Upon receiving a prescription, the Navarro pharmacy staff determines what medications can be packaged with the EZ Med Machine, which then packages the medicine according to dosage. A reusable dispenser box is provided including a roll of EZ Meds packets. Prescriptions enrolled in the EZ Meds program can be picked up at any Navarro location or delivered to a home or office.

 

 

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RetailWeek: Alliance Boots aims to expand Alphega Pharmacy banner to 10,000 locations

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON — Alliance Boots is expanding its network of independent pharmacists operating under the Alphega Pharmacy banner, according to a report published by RetailWeek Friday

There are already 1,000 Alphega Pharmacy locations in the United Kingdom, according to the report. The pharmacy operation is better known throughout Europe, however, where there are 5,000 franchise members.

Alliance Boots hopes to expand that network of 6,000 pharmacies out to 10,000, RetailWeek reported. 

Alphega launched in France in 2001 and broke ground on British soil in 2008. Alphega Pharmacy also can be found in Germany, Italy and Spain, the Netherlands; and in Russia and the Czech republic. 

 

 

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PharmaSmart, Sav-Mor/Sav-On enter kiosk-supply deal

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart International has signed a deal with Sav-Mor/Sav-On Pharmacies to supply its kiosks in the Michigan-based retail pharmacy network’s stores, PharmaSmart said Friday.

PharmaSmart will install its blood pressure and pulse kiosks in the stores, and patients will be able to access their Blood Pressure Tracker personal health records at Sav-Mor’s and Sav-On’s websites.

"I grew up in the great state of Michigan, and that is where my father practiced medicine for more than 15 years," PharmaSmart COO Ashton Maaraba said. "It means a lot to me to see a homegrown franchise group like Sav-Mor/Sav-On launch the PharmaSmart program and commit to raise hypertension awareness and help drive better outcomes in the communities they serve. We are thrilled to have Sav-Mor/Sav-On as one of our newest global partners."

Pharmacists at the stores and local physicians will be able to better manage patients with high blood pressure and related health conditions, and patients and their providers will be able to use the PharmaSmart personal health record to access the Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts risk-assessment platform, part of a program aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks by 2017. Sav-Mor/Sav-On plans to use the system for its new Blood Pressure Club, which will be the foundation of the network’s wellness programs.

"The PharmaSmart blood pressure program is exactly what we were looking to implement throughout our stores," Sav-Mor Drug Stores EVP Yvonne Gallagher said. "It is a pure clinical solution in tune with today’s healthcare strategy and patient standard. High blood pressure impacts one of three American adults, and 33 million cases are reported ‘uncontrolled.’"

 

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