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Select Jewel-Osco pharmacies to offer special services to support hospice care

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK The news that Supervalu’s Jewel-Osco pharmacies have signed a contract with Passages Hospice to expedite medications and streamline care is important because it is yet another clear indicator that retail pharmacy is expanding its role in today’s U.S. healthcare system.

This contract allows nursing staff to pick up medications and/ or supplies at the Jewel-Osco pharmacy close to the Passages Hospice office in Elgin, Ill., or other locations, and then dispense to Passages’ patients statewide. Also, family members can go to any Jewel-Osco, identify themselves as a Passages Hospice client, select the medical supplies they need and Passages covers the cost.

Previously, the ordering of medications, processing payments, along with pick-up and delivery were inefficient and time-consuming, and often required multiple phone calls and repetitive paperwork.

There’s no doubt that the landscape of retail pharmacy is changing in light of the nation’s overburdened healthcare system and its battle with rising costs and patients’ lack of access to care.

For example, CVS Caremark now defines itself as a pharmacy healthcare service company and is leveraging its immense prescription database and its robust network of retail-based clinics to help keep Americans healthy and drive down costs for patients, employers and payers.

Meanwhile, Walgreens is expanding its presence in hospital pharmacy and its number of locations now stand at nearly 100, and, like CVS, is also leveraging its network of retail-based clinics and worksite pharmacies to enhance access to care, as well as its growing presence in specialty pharmacy, mail order and home infusion.

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Rite Aid Foundation donates $10,000 to help flood victims

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Wednesday announced that the Rite Aid Foundation is making a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities affected by the floods in Mingo and surrounding counties in the western section of West Virginia.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by these devastating floods,” stated Gayle Rife, manger of the Rite Aid Foundation. “We are hoping that our donation can help make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most.”

“The West Virginia spirit truly comes alive when the worst things happen to our fellow citizens,” commented W.V. Gov. Joe Manchin. “We all pitch in when disaster strikes and help our neighbors to recover. I commend Rite Aid for being a good corporate citizen and helping the American Red Cross with its efforts to get the flood victims of southern West Virginia back on their feet. I challenge other corporations that are financially able, to donate and help those who need it the most.”

Rite Aid currently operates 21 stores and a distribution center in Mingo, Putnam and Kanawha Counties.

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BJ’s reports growth in merchandise sales

BY Anna Mcgrath

NATICK, Mass. BJ’s Wholesale Club reported that annual comparable-club sales, excluding gasoline sales, for May have increased by 4% since this time last year.

Increased sales reflect consumer transition to wholesale clubs as a means of obtaining food and other necessities at a lower cost. 

“Our merchandise comparable club sales increase of 4% was a good result in this economy, although it was slightly below our guidance,” said president and CEO Laura Sen. “Traffic continued strong, increasing by 5% over last year. Overall, May sales results reflected continued strength in food and consumables, televisions and computer equipment, partly offset by ongoing softness in discretionary departments such as apparel, jewelry and sporting goods, and a slightly increased impact from price deflation in certain areas of perishable foods.”

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