Raley’s offers flu vaccinations at its pharmacy locations
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. Raley’s this week opened drop-in flu vaccination clinics at its pharmacies, the company has said. Shoppers do not need appointments to visit the clinics, which will run through November 22.
Flu shots at Raley’s pharmacies cost $25, but are free to patients with Medicare Part B Medicare and no HMO. Flu Mist nasal spray is also available for $38 for qualifying patients. In addition to flu shots, Raley’s pharmacies are also offering pneumonia shots for $45.
Bill Okuno, director of pharmacy administration for Raley’s, told the media, “The health of our customers and colleagues is very important to us, so to help everyone prepare for flu season, we’re once again offering the convenience of flu shots in their local store’s pharmacy department. Our customers appreciate the convenience of being able to get their flu vaccination in their neighborhood without an appointment.”
Albertsons begins $4.99 generic prescription drug program
BOISE, Idaho Albertsons today announced the launch of Albertsons Rx-tra Savings prescription discount program. The membership-based program offers 30-day supplies of more than 500 generic prescription drugs for $4.99. Albertsons pharmacies are also discontinuing the “Meet or Beat” pricing program, the company said.
Generic drugs included in the program include treatments for asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues.
To join the program, members can pay a one-time $10 fee at the pharmacy to cover all members of the household. To launch the program, for a limited time Albertson’s is giving away $10 Albertsons gift certificates to those who sign up.
Albertsons operates 250 units in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.
APhA encourages more patient-pharmacist communication
WASHINGTON The American Pharmacists Association is urging customers to get to know their pharmacists for American Pharmacists Month, APhA said Wednesday.
“Pharmacists are on the frontlines of helping patients get the most out of their medications,” APhA chief executive officer and executive vice president John Gans said.
“As our population ages, and more people become dependent on medications than ever before, pharmacists will play an increasingly prevalent role on the healthcare team and in improving medication use and advancing patient care.”
An APhA survey has shown that almost 70 percent of consumers don’t know their pharmacists’ names, so during its campaign, the organization plans to “underscore the link between knowing your pharmacist and the safe and effective use of medications” and inform consumers of some of the patient-care services that pharmacists offer.