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RediClinic’s operations to nearly double

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON — RediClinic has announced that it will open 20 new clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores across Texas, which will nearly double the number of RediClinics currently operating within H-E-B.

Eight clinics are slated to open across the Houston, Austin and San Antonio markets by the end of January. The three new San Antonio clinics will operate in affiliation with Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio.

"Our Houston- and Austin-area RediClinics already have served more than [a] half-million satisfied patients," stated Web Golinkin, RediClinic’s CEO. "We look forward to responding to Texans’ growing need for access to primary and preventive health care by increasing our capacity in Houston and Austin, and by bringing our unique model of accessible and affordable care to San Antonio residents."

RediClinic, which currently operates 21 clinics, partners with healthcare systems in all of its markets. In addition to its new San Antonio affiliation with Methodist Healthcare System, RediClinic is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston and St. David’s HealthCare in Austin.

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Amgen: Xgeva can delay bone weakness, fractures among breast cancer patients

BY Alaric DeArment

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A drug made by Amgen was able to delay certain bone problems in patients with advanced breast cancer better than a competing drug, according to study results presented at the 33rd annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Amgen said Xgeva (denosumab) was able to delay weakness and fracturing resulting from the cancer spreading to the bones five months longer than Novartis’ Zometa (zoledronic acid).

The Food and Drug Administration approved Xgeva on Nov. 18.

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UnitedHealthcare’s Pharmacy Saver program expands

BY Allison Cerra

MINNETONKA, Minn. — More retailers have signed on for UnitedHealthcare’s prescription savings program that caters to Medicare Part D members.

Target, H-E-B, Hy-Vee, Publix Super Markets, Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys and Sweetbay Supermarket have joined the insurance company’s Pharmacy Saver program, which allows members to purchase some scripts for $2 for 30-day and some 90-day supplies, and applies to hundreds of prescription drugs, including 8-of-the-10 most commonly used by UnitedHealthcare Medicare plan members.

The announcement comes nearly one month after Kroger and Safeway signed on to participate.

"The rapid growth of Pharmacy Saver is a direct reflection of our commitment to finding new ways to bring important cost-savings benefits to our members," said Tom Paul, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and retirement. "We’re pleased the addition of these new retailers will give even more members the opportunity to save money on their prescriptions next year."

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