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Walgreens to keep Narcan in stock chainwide

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens is now stocking Narcan, an FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone, in all of its more than 8,000 pharmacies nationwide.

“By stocking Narcan in all our pharmacies, we are making it easier for families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it is needed,” stated Rick Gates, Walgreens group VP pharmacy. “As a pharmacy we are committed to making Narcan more accessible in the communities we serve.”

In addition, Walgreens is adopting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations by educating patients about Narcan when they are dispensed a controlled substance greater than 50 morphine milligram equivalents and may be at risk of accidental overdose.

"This action is an important milestone and we applaud Walgreens initiatives to improve access to Narcan Nasal Spray in communities across the U.S.,” said Seamus Mulligan, CEO Adapt Pharma. “This effort, combined with the opportunity for patients and caregivers to obtain Narcan Nasal Spray without an individual prescription in 45 states, is critical in combating this crisis.”

In an effort to educate the public on use of naloxone, pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen has distributed Narcan demo devices at no cost to Walgreens pharmacists for use in instructing patients on how to administer the medication. Additional instructions include calling 911, as Narcan is not a substitute for medical care. Anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

“At AmerisourceBergen, we strive to provide our customers the highest quality care and support so they can ultimately enhance the lives of patients in their communities,” said Robert Mauch, EVP and group president, Pharmaceutical Distribution & Strategic Global Sourcing for AmerisourceBergen. “We recognize the important role we play in addressing the opioid epidemic, and our collaboration with Walgreens is another key milestone to supply our customers with access to lifesaving initiatives and emergency medications that can help keep individuals safe across the country.”

Last year Walgreens announced an effort to make naloxone available without requiring a prescription in states where regulations allow. The company now offers naloxone without requiring a prescription in 45 states and is eager and willing to work with the remaining states to make naloxone easier to obtain.

Walgreens has also collected more than 155 tons of unwanted medications through its safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 pharmacies across 45 states and Washington D.C. The kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications, year-round at no cost.
 

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Medi-Dose/EPS intros TampAlerT tamper-evident cap for ENfit syringes

BY David Salazar

IVYLAND, Pa. — Medi-Dose/EPS, which works to improve medication and reduce errors, has a new product for pharmacists to help protect against drug diversion and misuse with ENfit syringes.

The TampAlerT Enfit syringe cap works with the company’s standard and low-dose ENFit syringes. When the colored outer sleeve is detached or missing, it is immediately evident, and the cap cannot be reinstalled.

“The new ENFit connector standard for enteral feeding devices is a welcomed feature for mitigating potential misconnections,” Medi-Dose/EPS president Bob Braverman said. “Our ENFit Compliant and Compatible product line helps pharmacy and all those involved with the safe handling of enteral medication reduce this risk.”  

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Health Mart and APCI engage lawmakers for Florida Independent Pharmacy Day

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Florida Independent Pharmacy Day celebrates the contributions of independent pharmacists in reducing healthcare costs and improving patient care. Health Mart and American Pharmacy Cooperative have invited Florida legislators to visit pharmacies across Florida on Oct. 27 to highlight independent pharmacy’s unique contributions and impact on healthcare in communities around the state.

“American Pharmacists Month draws attention to the fact that pharmacists are consistently voted one of the most trusted healthcare professionals, as well as the most accessible healthcare provider in communities across the nation,” stated Chris Dimos, SVP marketing and business strategy, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. “With a variety of public policy issues and legislation impacting the independent pharmacy – and by extension, patients across the state of Florida – we felt it was important to kickstart a dialogue with Florida legislators about the critical role independent pharmacists play every day.”

State Rep. Jay Trumbull, representing Florida’s 6th District, is just one of the legislators supporting his local independent pharmacy, Coopers Drugs in Panama City. Trumbull’s office toured Coopers Drugs and visited with staff to begin an ongoing conversation regarding potential legislation in the state. The visit will launch efforts in October, with more than 20 independent pharmacists participating statewide on Oct. 27, with additional support from APCI.

“APCI supports Main Street America and interaction with elected officials, because lack of involvement in healthcare policymaking empowers others to determine your future,” said Bill Eley, director of legislative affairs, APCI.

Health Mart and APCI support Florida independent pharmacists, like Aneesh Lakhani, in engaging legislation and showcase the role pharmacists play in improving patient outcomes.

“October is a time for us to celebrate pharmacy in general and it also gives us an opportunity to display all the different things we do,” noted Lakhani, owner and head pharmacist at Garden Drug in Oakland Park. “So many people rely on their independent pharmacist as their go-to person for healthcare. We want to showcase the services of local pharmacists for legislators so they can see firsthand how we are out there, every day, fighting to improve the healthcare outcomes of our patients.”
 

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