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Walgreens finalizes USA Drug deal

BY Michael Johnsen

 DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced that it has completed its purchase of 144 stores operating under the USA Drug, Super D Drug, May’s Drug, Med-X and Drug Warehouse banners located in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

The acquisition also includes corporate offices, a distribution center located in Pine Bluff, Ark., and a wholesale and private brand business, for a total of approximately $438 million subject to adjustment in certain circumstances.

USA Drug recorded sales of $825 million in 2011, Walgreens reported.

 

 

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Healthcare-reform supporters show altruism

BY Alaric DeArment

A lot of people have quite a few things to say about healthcare reform, whether they favor or oppose it. But supporters of the law show an altruistic sensibility and an understanding of how the law would benefit other Americans, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August.

Among the 486 polled supporters of the law, 67% said it would allow coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, while almost the same percentage, 66%, said millions of Americans would have coverage, and exactly half said it would be good for the American public, and 44% said it would provide cost savings for seniors. They also showed an understanding of the benefits to themselves. Forty-eight percent said they would have access to new and extended healthcare benefits, while 47% foresaw preventive care at no additional cost, and 42% said they would save on prescription drugs.

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Source: AccentHealth. To view the methodology, click here.

 

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The Little Clinic, UC Health Partners, King Soopers ink new affiliation

BY Antoinette Alexander

DENVER — The University of Colorado Health Partners, The Little Clinic and King Soopers have announced an affiliation that will provide consumers with more options to improve their health through improved healthcare services, access to professionals in a variety of fields, such as nutrition and wellness programs.
 
“The unique collaboration among The Little Clinic, King Soopers and the University of Colorado Health Partners allows each of us to utilize our respective strengths to benefit the consumer,” explained Ken Patric, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic. “With health and wellness at the center of our focus, nurse practitioners, physicians, pharmacists, dieticians, educators and others from our organizations are unified toward a common goal of improving the health of communities on the Front Range.”
 
Lilly Marks, VP for health affairs for the University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, added, “At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, we combine four core missions on a daily basis: education, research, clinical practice and community service. Through The Little Clinic inside King Soopers, CU Health Partners and University Physicians will be able to more directly connect with our community in neighborhoods where patients live throughout Colorado. The Little Clinic meets several essential demands in today’s healthcare marketplace, including convenience and access, and the University of Colorado Health Partners is proud to connect our vast network of quality health care professionals to meet these needs.”
 
One of the primary consumer benefits is the ability of The Little Clinic patients to access the nearby A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center in Stapleton for lab work, x-rays, physicians and specialty services such as sports medicine and physical therapy. Patients at A.F. Williams can also access care at The Little Clinic for common family illnesses, minor injuries, vaccinations and other wellness services in the evenings, on weekends and when their physician is unavailable.
 
The Little Clinic opened a new location inside the Stapleton King Soopers this past July, and A.F. Williams Family Medical Center is located less than one mile from the new clinic.
 
This affiliation follows two other programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus already supported by King Soopers, including an educational grocery lab at the new Colorado Center for Health and Wellness on campus and the 5th Gear program focused on reducing childhood obesity rates.
 
“King Soopers is dedicated to providing value to our shoppers when they need advice on making healthier lifestyle choices with food, access to medical care and necessary medications, and so much more. With The Little Clinic and the University of Colorado Health Partners enhancing our community offering, King Soopers is proud to say that your health needs are being met in your neighborhood,” added Russ Dispense, president of King Soopers.


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