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Navarro refines shopability

BY Antoinette Alexander

Navarro Discount Pharmacy, the largest 
Hispanic-owned pharmacy retailer in the United States is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. And it is on an aggressive growth track as it enhances its service offerings and looks to open as many as 21 new stores over the next three years.


“2010 was a very exciting year for our company in terms of really being able to set the strategy and beginning to execute on the strategy in terms of our growth plans, and even some of the key initiatives we rolled out in store,” said Cristy Leon-Rivero, VP marketing. “We remodeled and came up with a ‘model service store’ within the year.”


While many of the services — such as a pediatric pharmacy window for busy parents, in-store health events and free prescription delivery — are available in other store locations, the model customer service store brings together under one roof the ultimate in customer service. This 24-hour test store, which is located on Sunset Drive in Miami, opened in mid-2010.


This store, as well as a few others, also includes the chain’s new “structured function” model, which organizes over-the-counter products by health state, versus by brand, to ease category shopability. The redesign includes brand line extensions and a broadened assortment, plus 6 ft. of additional shelf space for children’s needs.

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ReportersNotebook — Chain Pharmacy, 5/2/11

BY Alaric DeArment

SUPPLIER NEWS — Hi-Tech Pharmacal announced the tentative approval by the Food and Drug Administration of levofloxacin oral solution in the 25-mg/mL strength, a generic antibiotic. Levofloxacin oral solution is a generic version of Johnson & Johnson’s Levaquin, which had sales of $6 million in 2010, according to IMS Health. Hi-Tech expected to receive final approval in June, when Johnson & Johnson’s patent expires.


The FDA has approved Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil), a drug made by GlaxoSmithKline and XenoPort, as a once-daily treatment for moderate-to-severe restless legs syndrome, the agency said.


The FDA announced the approval of AstraZeneca’s daily pill vandetanib for late-stage medullary thyroid cancer in patients whose disease is growing and causing symptoms, but who are ineligible for surgery, the agency said.


The Food and Drug Administration has approved Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals’ single-pill antiretroviral for HIV-1 patients, BI said. Viramune XR (nevirapine) is a single-pill, once-daily, extended-release formulation of nevirapine for use in combination with other antiretroviral drugs.

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Bartell benefits from HBW

BY Alaric DeArment

Bartell Drugs, a family-owned regional chain since 1890, has still got it. The chain has brought together health and personal care by sponsoring health and beauty events, the first of which happened in October 2010 and featured health screenings, cosmetic demonstrations and hairstyling tips. Another event is scheduled for the fall.


Vaccinations have featured prominently in the chain’s business as well, with in-store flu vaccinations and corporate flu clinics for area businesses, as well as international travel clinics at 10 stores. In December 2010, the company donated 4,000 flu vaccine doses to support pharmacy outreach programs at the University of Washington and Washington State University, in Pullman, Wash., providing vaccinations to nonprofit groups and Native American tribal communities.

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