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Seniors likely won’t sway from benefit plan

BY Alaric DeArment

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT A plan by health insurer Humana and Walmart to offer a cheap prescription drug plan to seniors who shop at the mass merchandiser may be a little off the mark, if results of the survey of Medicare beneficiaries is to be believed.

(THE NEWS: Many seniors are satisfied with Medicare Rx benefit, survey shows. For the full story, click here)

The survey indicated that an overwhelming majority of beneficiaries are satisfied with their coverage and found prices affordable.

Price isn’t the only thing that customers take into consideration, even when economic times are difficult. According to a customer service satisfaction survey by J.D. Powers and Associates, consumers gave significantly higher marks to independent pharmacies than they did to chains — particularly in areas such as the shopping experience and staff — while Walmart actually got a score below the average for mass merchandisers.

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Axium Healthcare Pharmacy celebrates anniversary

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE MARY, Fla. Independent specialty pharmacy provider Axium Healthcare Pharmacy is celebrating 10 years in business, Axium said Wednesday.

The company first opened in 2000 in a 10,000-sq.-ft. facility in Altamonte Springs, Fla., moving into a 45,000-sq.-ft. facility in Lake Mary, Fla., in 2005. Two years later, it had opened three new locations, in Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico, and now employs around 125 people.

“Over the past 10 years, Axium has been able to grow considerably without losing our primary focus, taking care of the patient,” Axium president and CEO Mark Montgomery said. “Axium has become an essential national specialty pharmacy provider to assist patients with their medication needs.”

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The Natural Dentist introduces sore throat products

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. The Natural Dentist on Monday launched two throat spray products — one formulated for kids and one for adults — that will be available at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

 

“When we started our product research, we were disheartened at some of the ingredients traditional throat sprays contain, including up to 50% alcohol despite lingering controversies regarding the use of alcohol in oral care products,” stated Kelly Kaplan, president and COO of Revive Personal Products, parent company of The Natural Dentist.

 

 

The Natural Dentist sore throat spray soothes and moisturizes with pure vegetable glycerin and other all-natural ingredients, such as echinacea, goldenseal, calendula and grapefruit seed extract. The Natural Dentist sore throat spray for kids contains no alcohol and features an orange flavor, while the alcohol-free adult product comes in mint.

 

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