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SpartanNash to launch pharmacy app this summer

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — SpartanNash on Tuesday announced the formation of a partnership to offer a comprehensive mobile and web pharmacy solution to SpartanNash customers. The mobile solution, powered by mscripts, will enable SpartanNash customers to refill prescriptions, receive pickup and dosage reminders, and manage accounts for their family members. 

SpartanNash operates 88 pharmacies in six states throughout the upper Midwest.

“We are thrilled to provide a solution to help our customers manage their medications conveniently,” stated Larry Pierce, VP of center store merchandising at SpartanNash. “This helps our customers, particularly those who have complex medication regimes, stay on top of their health. They can refill through text or in the app, no matter where they are. They can set reminders to take their medications without having to enter all the prescription information first. They can see a list of all their scripts any time.”

“SpartanNash really understands the role mobile can play in forging close ties to their local community,” added Mark Cullen, CEO of mscripts. “This allows SpartanNash pharmacy customers to see and manage their prescriptions, either on the phone or through the website, making it easy to fill and take their medications on schedule and as prescribed.”

The new app will be available to SpartanNash customers in early summer 2014 as a free download through Apple iTunes and the Android Market. The application will operate on a secure network and integrated with McKesson’s EnterpriseRx pharmacy management system, enabling SpartanNash to offer a variety of digital communication pathways to its customers.

 

 

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DEA’s Atlanta division establishes prescription drug texting tip line

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta Field Division last week announced the launch of an anonymous statewide prescription drug texting tip line available to the public. 

The TIP411 web-based initiative is the first-ever federally administered prescription drug abuse tip line of its kind in the state, the DEA noted. The TIP411 service allows for the public to quickly, easily and anonymously report prescription drug abuse by texting TIP411 or 847-411 then using the keyword PILLTIP. The tips will be forwarded directly to a DEA agent, who will then act upon the information. 

"This method of communication is a great opportunity for the public to anonymously engage in the fight against state-wide prescription drug abuse while keeping up with today’s technology," said Harry Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA AFD. "The illegal prescription drug market and relative ease of which pharmaceutical substances can be obtained has resulted in a sharp increase in prescription drug abuse throughout Georgia. DEA and its federal, state and local partners are fully committed to combating this growing issue." 

When the TIP411 program becomes active, the DEA AFD will simultaneously send prescription drug abuse educational packets to 1,200 pharmacies located throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. The packets will contain a refrigerator magnet which displays, "Report RX Fraud Anonymously," a Pharmacist’s Guide to Prescription Fraud, a Prescription Drug Intelligence Alert from SAC Sommers and a TIP411 advertisement brochure.  

 

 

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Health Mart taps mommy blogger community to spread the word on Champions of Care Challenge

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,100 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, last week got the word out about its Champions of Care Challenge through the mommy blogger network in sponsored posts from the Niche Parent Network & Conference. 

It’s an opportunity to reach the local community through the local community. According to the multiple mommy blog posts, Health Mart pharmacists are pledging $50,000 in grants that will be awarded to community health nonprofits to recognize them for improving health and well-being in their communities. Those local nonprofits will be chosen by a Champion of Care who is nominated at HealthMartCommunity.com. And beginning March 17, Health Mart fans will have two weeks to vote for their favorite Champion of Care at the site. 

The grand prize winner will be able to direct a $30,000 grant to their local nonprofit. The second-place winner will be dispensed a $3,000 grant and third place $2,000. The remaining $15,000 in grants will be dispensed in $1,000 increments by each of 15 finalists.  

"Do you know someone who perhaps volunteers to help the elderly? Cooks meals, or just spends time with those in need? Simply fill out the form on the site, then attach a photo of the hero involved, and submit your entry. Simple, right?" writes mommy blogger Diana at NannytoMommy.com. "Health Mart’s Champions of Care Challenge will shine a bright light on those unsung local heroes whose everyday actions have built healthier families, workplaces, neighborhoods and communities."

 

 

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