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Officials commend Kinney Drugs for colorectal cancer screening program

BY Antoinette Alexander

SYRACUSE, N.Y. The New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program has recognized Kinney Drugs for its colorectal cancer outreach and screening events.

According to the Cancer Services Program, Kinney Drugs was selected for an Innovative Project/Event Award for being a strong example of what community collaboration can and should be.

Earlier this year, the pharmacy retailer invited the Cancer Services Program partnerships into 61 Kinney Drugs locations to set up clinics for colorectal cancer outreach and recruitment opportunities. Kinney Drugs provided the facility, as well as advertising for outreach events, that allowed the Cancer Services Program partnerships to distribute colorectal cancer screening tests to men and women over the age of 50 who have no insurance or insurance that does not cover colorectal screenings.

In the past two years in partnering with the program, 13 test results have come back positive. A referral program is in place for such results.

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States in men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. The relative five-year survival is 90 percent for colorectal cancer patients diagnosed at an early, localized stage, but only 39 percent of cases are diagnosed at this stage.

It is one of the few cancers that can be prevented through screening because precancerous polyps, from which colon cancers often develop, can be identified and removed.

The ACS recommends women and men of average risk begin screenings at age 50.

Of the nearly 50,000 people expected to die of colorectal cancers in 2008, it is estimated that appropriate testing could save more than half.

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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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