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Take Care treats 500,000th patient

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has treated its 500,000th patient since opening in November 2005.

“The fact that Take Care Health providers have treated this many patients since the first clinic opened only two and a half years ago shows that we are quickly emerging as an important part of the solution to the current health care crisis,” stated Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer.

The 500,000th patient is Anita Davis, a Chicago-area resident with four children, who has used the clinic near her home multiple times for her family.

“My husband and I have visited the clinic because it is so convenient and we don’t need an appointment,” stated Davis, who visited the clinic in Mt. Prospect, Ill. “You can tell that the Take Care nurse practitioners we’ve seen truly care about the well-being of my family. They even make a follow-up call to see how we are doing. We’ve been very happy with the care and definitely see these clinics as filling a need in the community.”

The company currently manages 172 clinics in 18 markets throughout 14 states and plans to have more than 400 clinics open by the end of 2008.

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FDA issues third approvable letter for Wyeth’s bazedoxifene

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WASHINGTON Wyeth Pharmaceuticals’ new drug for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis has hit another speed bump.

The Food and Drug Administration sent a third approvable letter to Wyeth for the drug bazedoxifene pending analyses about the incidence of stroke and venal thrombosis in patients who use it. The FDA made a similar request in a letter sent in December.

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Longs plans drive-through windows at Hawaiian locations

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NEW YORK Longs Drug Stores plans to open drive-through windows at some of its stores in Hawaii, the company announced recently.

The drugstore chain, based in Walnut Creek, Calif., will add a drive-through window to its store in Maui later this year. The new store it plans to open in Honolulu will also have a window.

Walgreens, which recently opened its first locations in Hawaii, credits itself with inventing the concept of the drugstore with a drive-through pharmacy more than 15 years ago.

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