Walgreens to spearhead enrollment for PMI Cohort Program
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens will participate in the U.S. Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program through an initial $20 million grant awarded to The Scripps Research Institute by the National Institutes of Health, the retail pharmacy operation announced Thursday. The company will help support patient enrollment and participation in the program through its daily interactions with more than 8 million customers in stores, online and through its mobile app.
"As a trusted health care resource to the millions of customers and patients we see every day, Walgreens will help launch this important program that can lead to delivering the right treatments at the right time to help Americans live longer, happier and healthier lives,” stated Alex Gourlay, co-COO Walgreens Boots Alliance .
“Walgreens has a long commitment to implementing innovative digital tools to improve the health and wellbeing of our customers we serve every day across the country,” added Brad Fluegel, Walgreens SVP and chief healthcare commercial market development officer. “Our participation in the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program will help shape the future of pharmacy by developing more precise medications, based on a person’s genetic and other biological information and lifestyle, that can reduce side effects and drug interactions while increasing their effectiveness.”
With this funding award, Walgreens will offer customers enrollment in the PMI Cohort Program at its stores, at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics, online through Walgreens.com and through the Walgreens mobile app. For those who enroll, Walgreens also can schedule their initial appointment for the program.
The award will total almost $120 million over five years and is part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, a medical research program aimed at revolutionizing how researchers, providers and research participants work together to develop individualized care.
The PMI Cohort Program is a landmark longitudinal research effort that aims to engage 1 million or more U.S. participants to improve the ability of preventing and treating disease based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics. Participants will share their health history and status, genomic and other biological information and grant access to their clinical data from electronic health records.
In addition, mobile health devices and apps will provide lifestyle data and environmental exposures in real time. The knowledge gained from the program is expected to extend successes of precision medicine in some cancers to many other diseases and also increase an individual’s chances of remaining healthy throughout life.
Publix teams up with Instacart on grocery delivery
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix is joining Costco, Whole Foods and other retailers in providing grocery delivery service through a partnership with Instacart.
Publix announced Wednesday that it would begin its Instacart service in select areas of Miami beginning July 12. Instacart is an e-commerce and delivery service that allows customers to place their grocery orders online and have their items delivered right to their doorsteps. Customers can place orders by visiting www.instacart.com/publix.
Instacart will receive, fulfill and deliver customers’ orders in the greater Miami area — servicing 37 ZIP codes from Hallandale Beach to South Miami. Customers can enter their ZIP code on the Instacart website to find out if the service is available where they live.
“We know this service is something our customers are interested in, and we’re excited to learn more as we move forward with this pilot,” said Kevin Murphy, Publix Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. “We chose Instacart because we believe the experience they provide aligns well with the needs of our company, associates and customers.”
Publix says it will work to better understand the opportunities this service provides the company’s customers and associates by starting with a pilot and evaluating the results prior to expanding the program.
"At Instacart, we want to connect our users with the highest caliber of retailers, and this collaboration with Publix exemplifies that commitment," said Apoorva Mehta, Founder and CEO of Instacart. "Publix and Instacart share a common mission – to get premier quality food into the hands of as many people as possible. We are excited to bring our seamless online shopping and delivery experience to Publix customers and look forward to a deepening of our relationship."
Items excluded from purchase at Publix through Instacart are alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, prescriptions and age-restricted items. Printed and digital coupons are not redeemable through Instacart at this time. All orders must be at least $10 and delivery fees may apply.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 182,500 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,118 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Instacart's current retail partners include Target, Kroger, Petco and many others.
CVS Pharmacy opens mobile pharmacy unit to serve W.V. flood victims
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Pharmacy announced Wednesday that the company has opened a mobile pharmacy in Elkview, W.V., in response to the flooding that devastated the area in late June.
The mobile pharmacy will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 am. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and will be fully staffed to meet the community's pharmacy care needs.
The CVS Pharmacy store in Elkview has been inaccessible since June 23, when floodwaters destroyed a bridge that allowed customers and patients to access the Crossings Mall, where the store is located. It is one of several area pharmacies that are closed as a result of the flooding that devastated the area. Other CVS Pharmacy stores in the area, including locations in Charleston, Dunbar and Montgomery, are also open and ready to serve patients whose pharmacies were impacted by the severe flooding.
In addition to being able to pick up their prescription medications at the mobile pharmacy, customers can also receive recommended vaccines, such as Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, as well as purchase a variety of over-the-counter medications. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health has reminded residents to check their immunization status to ensure they are protected against tetanus, particularly among first responders and community members who are exposed to flood waters during cleanup.
"CVS Pharmacy is committed to ensuring that West Virginia residents hit hard by the June flooding have continued access to critical pharmacy care services," stated Scott Wasikowski, area VP of CVS Pharmacy in West Virginia. "Whether they are dispensing medications or providing vaccinations, our Elkview pharmacy team is ready to help as the surrounding area begins to recover and rebuild."
In addition to opening the mobile pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy has provided thousands of dollars worth of infant care, personal hygiene and over-the-counter items to Direct Relief. These donated goods have been distributed to four area community health centers in and around Charleston, West Virginia.