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Walgreens to provide free HIV testing in CDC pilot

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is partnering with health authorities and service organizations to provide pharmacist-administered testing for the virus that causes AIDS, the retail pharmacy chain said.

The company is participating in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pilot with Greater Than AIDS and other organizations and local officials to expand HIV testing services and connect more people with the virus to treatment and care.

Walgreens will work with Greater Than AIDS, health departments and local AIDS organizations to provide free HIV testing at 47 stores in 20 cities to support National HIV Testing Day, which is on Wednesday. About 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, but nearly 1-in-5 don’t know they have it, according to the CDC.

Through the first phase of the two-year program, select Walgreens pharmacies in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and a select Take Care Clinic in Lithonia, Ga. are offering free HIV testing. The CDC plans to use pilot results from select pharmacies and in-store clinics in urban and rural areas identified as highly impacted by HIV to develop a model that pharmacists and nurse practitioners can use to implement HIV testing throughout the nation.


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J.Harris says:
Aug-28-2013 01:43 pm

Great article. Keep up the good work!

R.HAMMERLE says:
Jun-27-2012 05:50 am

Watch next for highly-automated, in-store, clinical lab testing.

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Fruth Pharmacy extends primary distribution agreement with Cardinal Health

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN, Ohio, and POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A regional pharmacy chain has extended its relationship with a healthcare services company.

Fruth Pharmacy — which operates more than 25 locations throughout West Virginia and Ohio — said it has signed a renewed, three-year agreement for Cardinal Health to serve as its primary pharmaceutical distributor. As part of the agreement, Cardinal Health will continue to serve as Fruth’s primary distributor for pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Cardinal Health and Fruth will collaborate on initiatives designed to improve efficiencies at Fruth’s pharmacies.

"Cardinal Health’s flexibility and superior technology have made them a great partner," Fruth Pharmacy chairman and president Lynne Fruth said. "We appreciate their team-oriented approach to helping us improve our cost effectiveness and efficiency, which has played an important role in our continued success."


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Abbott’s ZonePerfect introduces Perfectly Simple line

BY Allison Cerra

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott’s ZonePerfect brand has introduced a new line of nutrition bars.

Perfectly Simple bars feature 10 or fewer ingredients, is an excellent source of protein and are free of gluten, preservatives and added coloring. The line is is available in peanut crunch, cranberry almond and toasted coconut flavors.

"At ZonePerfect, we are committed to innovation and introducing new flavors each year that meet our consumers’ ever-changing needs and taste preferences," said Tobe Cohen, division VP and general manager of performance nutrition at Abbott. "This year, we asked consumers to help design the new bars. Given a variety of ingredients, consumers constructed their ideal nutrition bar with 10 grams of protein and flavors they enjoy. The result is Perfectly Simple and they’re simply delicious."


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