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Rx Response moves to alert status in response to Ebola, provides resources to retail pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Rx Response on Friday moved to alert status in response to the concern about Ebola in the United States, the organization announced. 
 
Rx Response has urged members of the pharmacy community to provide a calming and educated voice in the community by reminding patients that that risk of Ebola infection here in the United States is very low. Rx Response also is urging pharmacists to remind people that there are many other endemic diseases and conditions that are far more likely to have similar symptoms to acute Ebola infection, such as influenza. On this front, Rx Response has urged pharmacists to reinforce in this Ebola environment the importance of people protecting themselves for the upcoming flu season by getting a flu shot.
 
In response to the need for information, Rx Response has developed a number of resources for community pharmacists, owners and retail pharmacy staff. Specifically, Rx Response has developed:
 
Rx Response also has responded to a number of public and private sector requests for information, including questions from pharmacists on what to do with a sick patient in the pharmacy.
 
Rx Response is a charitable non-profit with members comprising the bio-pharmaceutical supply chain whose mission is to help ensure the continued flow of medicine during times of emergency.
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Bartell Drugs to open new Ballard store

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

SEATTLE — Regional pharmacy retailer Bartell Drugs plans to open a new store in 2016 at Ballard Commons, a mixed-use development planned for the site currently occupied by the Bartell Drugs store at 5605 22nd Ave N.W.

The new store will mark the sixth Bartells location in Ballard since 1911.

The new 14,000-square-foot location will be the major retail anchor at Ballard Commons and will include underground parking for Bartell Drugs customers. 
Earlier this year, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs opened a full-service “next generation” store at 1500 N.W. Market Street, introducing new services, product offerings and customer convenience features.
 


Upon closure of the store at 22nd Ave N.W., in January 2015, Bartell Drugs will continue to serve customers at the recently opened Bartell’s location at 15th and Market. 
 


“This is another milestone in our longtime commitment to Ballard. During construction of the new store, we look forward to serving customers at our Market Street location,” stated George D. Bartell, chairman and CEO. 
 


Ballard Commons, a development by Seattle-based Henbart, is a mixed-use development with two contemporary, companion buildings featuring 80 apartments, four townhomes that front Ballard Commons Park, loft-style office space and retail with Bartell Drugs as the anchor tenant. Ballard Commons is designed to include courtyard areas and landscaped grounds, giving it a “campus-like” feel.
 


Founded in Seattle in 1890, Bartell Drugs operates 63 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties and is the nation's oldest family-owned drug store chain.  
 

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Bartell Drugs joins Cigna-HealthSpring’s pharmacy network

BY Antoinette Alexander

SEATTLE — Cigna-HealthSpring Rx, a national Part D plan, has announced that Bartell Drugs’ will be part of its 2015 pharmacy network, accounting for 63 of Cigna-HealthSpring’s 62,000 network pharmacies.

In addition, Bartell Drugs has a preferred cost-share arrangement with Cigna-HealthSpring Rx, which means generally lower costs for Medicare Part D customers with savings on co-pays and co-insurance. The lower costs will provide Part D customers a co-pay savings that will range from $3 to $10 per script.

Enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries began Oct. 15 and will run through Dec. 7.
 

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