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USA Drug to open new store in Missouri

BY Michael Johnsen

DEXTER, Mo. — USA Drug will be combining Overturf DME Pharmacy and David’s Pharmacy under one banner as the company broke ground here on a new store, according to a Daily Statesman report published Sunday.

According to the report, the 15,000-sq.-ft. USA Drug pharmacy is expected to be up and running by Dec. 1. Both pharmacies will continue operations until the USA Drug is complete.

Pharmacists from both pharmacies will continue to wok at the new drug store to maintain continuity for the patients, USA Drug VP real estate Gain Robinson told The Daily Statesman.

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Minimal drug interaction found between Livalo, HIV drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS — A statin made by Eli Lilly and Kowa Pharmaceuticals America appears to work well with drugs used to treat HIV, according to a study presented at the sixth International AIDS Society conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rome.

The study was designed to investigate potential interactions between Livalo (pitavastatin) and Abbott’s antiretroviral protease inhibitor Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir). The study found that each drug had only a minimal effect on the other.

“HIV is a chronic illness today, as opposed to 30 years ago, and patients with HIV are faced with additional challenges concerning dyslipidemia, accentuated by both the disease process, as well as antiretroviral therapies,” Kowa Pharmaceuticals America VP medical affairs Craig Sponseller said. “Additionally, these patients are frequently on multiple medications, and the management of dyslipidemia can be even more of a challenge.”

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DOD final rule underscores role of retail pharmacy in health care

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The news that the U.S. Department of Defense has issued a final rule expanding the authorization of retail pharmacies to administer all vaccinations covered under the DOD’s preventive care program is important as it further illustrates the critical role that retail pharmacy plays in health care.

(THE NEWS: DoD expands pharmacy’s role in vaccinating Tricare beneficiaries. For the full story, click here.)

An interim rule issued in late 2009 recognized retail network pharmacies as providers and authorized them to administer H1N1, seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. This newly released rule further authorizes retail pharmacies to administer all vaccinations covered under the DOD’s preventive care program, as permitted by state law.

The final rule further demonstrates the vital role of retail pharmacy and the role it can play in preventive healthcare services, such as vaccines. Such preventive services not only enable patients to live healthier lives, but they also help reduce hefty healthcare costs. Just look at the numbers.

Case in point: In the first six months of the publication of the interim rule, the DOD estimated that more than $1.5 million was saved by administering the vaccines through the pharmacy. During that time, more than 18,000 vaccines were administered in pharmacies.

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