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Safeway to offer flu vaccines through clinics, on walk-in basis

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway on Thursday announced it would offer flu vaccines on a “walk-in” basis at Safeway pharmacies and through scheduled flu vaccine clinics at most other Safeway stores.

Safeway also is providing an off-site flu clinic service for businesses, senior centers and nursing homes that choose to provide their employees or residents with the convenience of receiving a flu vaccine where they work or live.

 “We have made the process of getting a flu vaccine affordable and convenient,” stated Gary Rocheleau, Safeway SVP pharmacy. “Individuals have no reason to go unprotected this flu season, nor should businesses risk lost productivity due to a sick workforce.”

In addition to the regular flu vaccine, all Safeway pharmacies will be administering a high-dose flu vaccine called Fluzone High-Dose, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in people 65 years of age and older. Adults above the age of 65 years comprise 15% of the U.S. population, but account for 65% of flu-related hospitalizations and 90% of flu-related deaths. Fluzone High Dose contains the same components as a regular-strength flu vaccine, but provides a superior immune response in people 65 years of age and older.

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New mobile application keeps pharmacy customers in touch

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas Pharmacy technology company PDX and mobile application maker Acclaim Telecom Services will integrate Acclaim’s Smart Mobile RX application with PDX pharmacy systems.

The integration will allow pharmacies to reach patients through text messages, emails and voice reminders regarding refills and other services. The product will be shown at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference in San Diego later this month.

“By partnering with PDX, Acclaim’s Smart Mobile RX can be rapidly deployed by pharmacies across the spectrum of mobile phones in use by consumers,” Acclaim president James Davis said in a statement. “Pharmacy smart phone customers have the added benefit of downloading a branded mobile application from their respective phone providers’ application store.”

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Richard Salazar joins Pharmacy First’s Rx$hare program

BY Allison Cerra

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. A national network of retail community pharmacies has named a new manufacturer contracting director for a retail program designed to generate significant, incremental revenue for such businesses.

Pharmacy First announced Monday that Richard Salazar would join its Rx$hare program. Salazar will be responsible for all manufacturer contracts and programs under the Rx$hare program banner, which include market share programs, awareness programs, launch programs and Compliance Services, a direct-mail, patient-focused adherence model.

Prior to joining Pharmacy First, Salazar was national director of Rx and business development for AmerisourceBergen for six years.

“Clearly, with the retail pharmacy arena changing so quickly, we needed a person who knows the terrain and has contacts throughout the pharma industry. Additionally, we needed a person who understands the value of making and maintaining solid business relationships,” said Brian Huckle, Wholesale Alliance/Pharmacy First CEO. “Our board of directors is excited about getting someone like Rick to join our team, and we remain extremely excited about the opportunities available for independent pharmacies, and the solutions Pharmacy First offers to them.”

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