PHARMACY

PPH opens two Southern Calif. expresscare clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN DIEGO Southern California health system Palomar Pomerado Health has partnered with Albertsons/Sav-on Pharmacy to open retail health centers and has opened two in-store health clinics, dubbed expresscare, in Rancho Penasquitos and Escondido. Based on the PPH Community Health Check report, access to medical care is one of the top health issues facing communities in San Diego County today.

“The PPH expresscare centers are designed to address standard health needs that require immediate attention, including common illnesses, vaccinations, screenings, skin conditions, minor muscle and joint problems, and routine physical exams,” stated Donald Herip, medical director of corporate health at Palomar Pomerado Health. “No appointment is necessary, which allows patients the flexibility to seek care according to their own schedules.”

Added Sue Klug, president of Albertsons Southern California division, “At Albertsons, we know that our customers’ busy lives don’t slow down, even when someone in the family is suffering from a cold or minor ailment. So, integrating the PPH expresscare health centers into our stores makes perfect sense in today’s fast-paced world.”

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Bystolic fulfills pharmacists’ desire for a new beta-blocker

BY Drew Buono

NEW YORK Forest Laboratories and Mylan’s new, once-daily hypertension drug Bystolic now is available in pharmacies nationwide.

A recent survey showed that out of 20,000 retail pharmacists, 78 percent felt there was a need for a beta-blocker with an improved tolerability profile.

More than 2,000 people received Bystolic (nebivolol) during clinical trials. The drug’s efficacy was similar to that of other approved beta-blockers, the FDA said. The most common reported side effects were headache, fatigue, dizziness and diarrhea.

Hypertension affects about 72 million adults in America.

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Tenn. pharmacy school receives $600,000 grant

BY Drew Buono

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Lipscomb University has received a $600,000 grant from The Memorial Foundation to support the school’s new $10.1 million pharmacy school, which will receive its first class in August, according to published reports. The Lipscomb College of Pharmacy has accepted 75 students in its first class.

The money will be used to build three patient support laboratories where students will learn to compound and prepare drugs, carry out experiments and examine and assess patients.

The school will be located in the Burton Health Sciences Center. In honor of the foundation’s grant the labs will be named The Memorial Foundation Pharmacy Practice Center.

“We believe it is a good investment for the community and for those students who want to prepare for a career in pharmacy,” said J.D. Elliott, president of The Memorial Foundation.

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