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Pharmacy technician students learn with latest technology

BY Alaric DeArment

DENVER Students learning to be pharmacy technicians at Arapahoe Community College are learning their trade with the latest pharmacy technology, according to a statement on behalf of the college.

The students, undergoing the college’s pharmacy technician certificate program, have been using an automated dispensing machine for about two semesters. The Littleton, Colo., college’s statement did not specify the machine’s manufacturer, but described it as “state-of-the-art” and said it was of the same type that pharmacists around the country use.

“Automation in pharmacies is a big deal,” the college’s pharmacy tech academic coordinator Larry Allen said in the statement. “Automation in pharmacies is a big deal, especially in hospitals.”

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Walgreens completes purchase of McKesson Specialty Pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens on Monday announced the completion of its acquisition of McKesson Corporation’s specialty pharmacy, which includes the McKesson Specialty Pharmacy in Pittsburgh and IVPCARE, a specialty pharmacy focused on reproductive health based in Frisco, Texas, with operations in Torrance, Calif., Wilmington, Mass. and St. Louis.

“This acquisition further expands our national capabilities and access to managed care payors,” stated Michael Nameth, executive vice president of Walgreens Health Services.

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreen Co. operated by its managed care division, Walgreens Health Services, is a national provider of injectable and biopharmaceutical medications dedicated to serving the needs of patients living with complex, chronic health and medical conditions. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy provides personalized care and services through dedicated fulfillment centers across the country and through more than 6,500 electronically linked Walgreens pharmacies, including locations in academic medical centers, community hospitals and physician office buildings.

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Matrixx launches cold and flu mobile application

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Matrixx Initiatives on Tuesday launched the Zicam Cold & Flu Companion mobile application for the T-Mobile G1. The application enables on-the-go consumers to take charge of their health by checking cold and flu activity by zip code, among other features, the company stated.

“The Cold & Flu Companion offers an innovative and customizable resource for consumers to prepare for the cold and flu season,” stated Tim Connors, vice president of marketing at Matrixx Initiatives. “Knowing the latest cold and flu news and understanding the cold, flu and cough activity in a localized area can aid consumers in being aware of the risks around them.”

The service shows users the percentage of sick people in any given zip code, what types of symptoms are most prevalent and which ones to look out for in a specific area. The application also keeps users updated on the latest cold and flu news.

The application also provides a tool to receive coupons for Zicam products and location-based directions identify nearby retailers where products can be purchased and coupons redeemed.

The same mobile application will be released for the iPhone in mid-December.

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