Rite Aid holds ‘Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacist’ competition
CAMP HILL, Pa. To honors its pharmacy professionals for National Pharmacists Month, Rite Aid has announced a contest to name the most popular pharmacist in its network.
Rite Aid has invited patients to vote at www.riteaid.com for their favorite pharmacist. As an incentive, everyone who casts a vote will automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win Rite Aid gift cards totaling $2,500. The pharmacist who is voted as favorite will receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards, as well.
Robert Thompson, senior vice president of pharmacy operations, said in a statement, “Our pharmacists are on the front lines every day, counseling, answering healthcare questions and providing outstanding care for their patients. Our Favorite Pharmacist program is just one way we thank them for their hard work and dedication to their patients.”
This is the fifth year in a row Rite Aid has held the favored pharmacist contest.
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.