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NCPA provides support to pharmacists to help extend immunization offerings

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Community Pharmacists Association announced Monday that it had begun offering an online resource to help pharmacists develop and build immunization niche services.

NCPA’s Immunization Information Resource Center is available through Pharmacist e-Link, at www.pharmacistelink.com/IVResource.

“As we continue through the flu season, many patients have visited their community pharmacies for convenience, cost savings and increased access to healthcare services, including immunizations,” NCPA president Holly Henry said in a statement. “From the everyday concerns of a resurgence of mumps, pneumonia, the need for vaccinations for travel abroad to the more global issues of pandemic or greater public health concerns, the independent pharmacy is the ideal for adult vaccinations and immunizations year-round.”

NCPA says the site offers resources such as an eight-hour online business tools program titled “Creating an Immunization Niche in the Community Pharmacy: A Business Guide,” developed by NCPA and Merck.

Nationwide, 49 states allow pharmacists to administer immunizations.

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CVS Caremark plans to open location in Tulsa area

BY Antoinette Alexander

TULSA, Okla. CVS Caremark is looking to enter the Tulsa market in 2009, according to a local news report.

The company currently has 34 pharmacy locations in the state, but none that operate in the Tulsa area. According to the report, the company will open two or three stores in that market.

According to the report, one of the stores will be located at the site of a former Bennigan’s restaurant at the northeast corner of 71st Street and Yale Avenue—one of the business intersections in south Tulsa. The current building will be torn down for construction of the pharmacy, which is expected to open in October.

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Humana expands MinuteClinic network for TRICARE customers

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Humana Military Healthcare Services, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., has added additional MinuteClinic locations for its TRICARE benefits customers.

Initially, MinuteClinic services were available to beneficiaries in select cities in Oklahoma and Texas beginning in October. Clinics are now available to beneficiaries in the following locations: Boca Raton/West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa in Florida; Atlanta, Ga.; Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, S.C.; and Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.

“MinuteClinic has been a great addition to our provider network,” said Dave Baker, president of chief executive officer of HMHS. “We are pleased with the success of this relationship and the ability to expand this service to more beneficiaries in the South region.”

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