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NCR unveils secure self-service prescription drop-off kiosk

BY Alaric DeArment

DAYTON, Ohio NCR Monday introduced a new self-service kiosk for dropping off and paying for prescriptions at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy & Technology Conference in San Diego.

The kiosk, known as Prescription Drop-off, allows customers to securely submit new prescriptions and refill requests while avoiding lines. After making their requests, customers receive bar coded receipts, while the request is forwarded to pharmacists. After the order is ready, customers receive notification by email, phone or text message.

A recent study by Wilson Health Information found that 70 percent of drug store customers would like to see self-service kiosks at pharmacies.

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Pharmacy drives higher percentage of grocery store numbers

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. Drug stores are the traditional sources for all things pharmaceutical, but grocery stores are moving in to challenge their dominance, according to The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind.

As prescription sales grow in proportion to overall sales, supermarkets have begun positioning themselves as health shops, as well. Cincinnati-based Kroger, for example, hopes to edge itself into the market with a cholesterol-reducing milk sold under its Active Lifestyle private label while also selling anti-cholesterol medication.

According to the Food Marketing Institute, drug sales at supermarkets increased by 3.4 percent, to 9.4 percent, between 1997 and 2007. Also, between 1996 and 2006, the number of supermarket pharmacies increased from 6,155 to 10,163, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

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PDX, Rx.com to partner with Google Health on electronic records

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas Google Health’s roster of business partners keeps on expanding.

PDX and Rx.com announced Monday that they were partnering with Google Health to make prescription data managed for chain and independent pharmacies available to Google Health users, allowing any pharmacy using the PDX Electronic Health Record or the Rx.com Electronic Prescription Record to import customers’ prescription histories into Google Health.

Each of the company’s pharmacy clients can have its own relationship with Google Health, but PDX will integrate the pharmacy with the Google Health platform.

“PDX is pleased to be the first aggregator of multi-pharmacy electronic prescription records to enter into a strategic relationship with Google,” said Ken Hill, chief executive officer of PDX and Rx.com. “This new agreement will allow our pharmacy customers—both chain and independents—the ability to integrate client prescription history into Google Health at the user’s request.”

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