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Roadside Medical keeps on truckin’

BY DSN STAFF

LAS VEGAS —Retail-based clinics increasingly are playing a vital role in today’s healthcare system, helping to serve on the front lines of U.S. health care. However, other branches of convenient care are beginning to have the same kind of effect, among them Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab, which operates a network of retail health clinics for over-the-road professional drivers.

Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab may not be as well known to the pharmacy industry as Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems or CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic, but that could be changing, as emergency room physician Royce Brough has received licenses for 11 sites throughout six states. The expansion demonstrates where people who pay for their own health care and have access issues (e.g., truckers—many of whom are self-employed, private contractors paying for their own coverage) go when they need care.

Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab has been looking to expand through franchising and licensing opportunities, and now Brough, a practicing emergency room physician with more than 35 years of experience, will be opening a location in Oklahoma City within the next 90 days, followed by a Dallas location in the first quarter of 2010. The remaining sites, set for California, New Mexico, New Jersey and Indiana, will be opened “as quickly as possible.”

“Keeping with our mission to deliver convenient health care to professional drivers coast to coast, we are pleased to be working with Brough to grow a national network of velocity through franchising and licensing,” stated Bob Perry, president of Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab and vice chair of the American Transportation Association Safety Management Council’s Health and Wellness Working Group.

Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab began offering franchising and licensing opportunities within a limited number of markets in February. Since then, the company has secured sites in Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois and Georgia.

Through an exclusive partnership with Pilot Travel Centers, the company provides cost-effective, convenient care medical services, including Department of Transportation physicals and compliance, wellness programs, sleep apnea studies and treatment, and nutritional products for drivers. Pilot is the largest operator of truck stops in the United States, with more than 300 locations in 41 states. Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab has planned for a total of 80 sites throughout the United States, located exclusively at Pilot Travel Centers in order to meet the needs of the 4.2 million over-the-road professional drivers.

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Stop & Shop to offer flu shots to customers

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. For more than twenty years, Stop & Shop has provided seasonal flu shots as part of its Health & Wellness initiative in a continuing effort to best meet the needs of its customersduring the cough and cold season. This year, Stop & Shop will offer seasonal influenza immunizations at a reduced price to Stop & Shop card holders in the pharmacy department beginning Sept. 11 through Nov. 26 or until quantities associated with this program last.

“As part of our continued commitment to provide value to our customers, Stop & Shop is offering seasonal flu shots for $20 when customers use their Stop & Shop card,” said Jim Wonderly, VP pharmacy operations for Stop & Shop. “Unfortunately, many Americans are foregoing medical care because of increased costs, and we want to do our part by offering affordable immunizations during these challenging economic times.”

Seasonal flu shots will be administered at a reduced price in most Stop & Shop stores starting Friday, expanding to all stores in October. Immunizations will be provided by certified and trained Stop & Shop pharmacists and through Stop & Shop’s partnership with Maxim Health Systems and their trained health care professionals. The cost of the seasonal immunization is $30, but customers with a Stop & Shop loyalty card can save an additional $10. Thus, the final cost to Stop & Shop customers, with the Card, is $20.

“Last month, we introduced millions of customers to the new Stop & Shop card along with a commitment to provide them with the best possible value,” said Stop & Shop EVP Jeff Martin. “With the savings Stop & Shop is offering on seasonal flu shots, we are demonstrating that ongoing value commitment as well as a commitment to the health and wellness of ourcustomers.”

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Louisiana seeks to curb methamphetamine abuse with new legislation

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Two government officials from Louisiana invited the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for a signing of a new law aimed at curbing methamphetamine abuse.

On Sept. 8, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Rep. Fred Mills invited NACDS, law enforcement and other select stakeholders to the Governor’s Mansion for a special signing ceremony for HB890 (Act 314). NACDS was instrumental in the negotiations and eventual passage of the new law which establishes a real-time pseudoephedrine reporting system once federal grants are secured.

The law also provides liability protections to pharmacy, and specifically states that no fees will be collected from pharmacies or pharmacists to operate or transmit the data to state police.

NACDS thanked both Gov. Jindal and Rep. Mills for initiating this important legislation, and for working with pharmacies to make it even better.

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