Walgreens receives URAC accreditation for specialty pharmacy
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has been awarded accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.
“We are very excited to have been awarded full accreditation as a specialty pharmacy provider from URAC,” said Michael A. Nameth, EVP Walgreens Health Services. “Patients who have been prescribed specialty medications often face significant challenges with life-changing illnesses, such as managing difficult therapies and in dealing with the financial burdens associated with their treatment. Walgreens is fully committed to providing our patients with the best support possible as they face these challenges.”
As a national specialty pharmacy provider, Walgreens delivers individualized care for people with complex health conditions while helping manage costs, the drug store chain said. The rapid growth of the specialty pharmacy industry has been fueled by the growing number of patients with complex chronic conditions that require more of the latest highly engineered pharmaceuticals.
“By applying for and receiving full accreditation as a specialty pharmacy provider, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. “Quality health care is crucial to our nation’s welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards.”
Schnucks Pharmacies offering free prenatal vitamins to expectant mothers
ST. LOUIS January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and a Midwestern supermarket pharmacy chain is giving expectant mothers free prenatal vitamins to mark the occasion.
Schnucks Pharmacies, part of the Schnuck Markets company, will begin offering free prescription prenatal vitamins to pregnant women at its 103 stores under its Health and Wellness Program beginning Monday, Schnucks announced.
“It’s a major investment for our company, but we feel a responsibility to help where we can,” Schnucks VP pharmacy Michael Juergensmeyer said in a statement. “Due to economic considerations, many patients don’t refill prescriptions for chronic conditions, let alone take prescription prenatal vitamins for wellness care. We share doctors’ concerns and recognize the need to make good prenatal care more affordable for all.”
FDA commissioner Hamburg salutes healthcare professionals for H1N1 efforts
SILVER SPRING, Md. Healthcare professionals got a big “thank you” from the head of the Food and Drug Administration.
FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg sent a letter to healthcare professionals thanking them for their efforts during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak.
“In November, I wrote to thank you for your efforts during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak and to provide information about the development and FDA approval of the H1N1 vaccines,” Hamburg wrote. “I mentioned our continuing robust efforts to monitor the safety of these vaccines and now would like to reassure you that, to date, the safety assessment is very encouraging.”
As of Dec. 30, nearly 100 million vaccines have been distributed, with 94% of adverse side effects described as “non-serious,” such as soreness, according to a Jan. 8 statement by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.