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Why patients use multiple pharmacies

BY Rob Eder

A little more than one-third of patients use multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, according to an exclusive survey of 745 patients, conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. Why? The obvious reasons are convenience/location (63%) and price (46%), but there are many other factors. AccentHealth panelists skew almost two times higher than average in terms of total prescriptions filled (31.7) and trips to the pharmacy (17.9) per year, and one-third of their business — on average, about 10 scripts per patient — is landing somewhere other than their preferred pharmacy.

Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that will be appear in every edition of DSN magazine and the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 4,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to reder@lf.com.

Why do you use multiple pharmacies?

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

 

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IHL study: Self-checkouts on the rise

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — Self-checkout technology continues to rise in importance at retailers in North America, according to a new study by IHL Group.

The "2012 North American Kiosk" study finds that self-checkout shipments are increasing 8% year to year, with self-checkout transactions exceeding $255 billion annually in North America. Transactions at self-service kiosks are growing more than 7% per year in North America, and are expected to exceed $1 trillion by 2014.

The study tracks the shipments, installed base and revenue turn-through kiosks in six different categories: self-checkout, ticketing, check-in, postal, food ordering and other kiosks (which is inclusive of DVD rentals). For more, visit ihlservices.com/ihl/.

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Flu vaccinations now available at Supervalu pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu announced that 10 of its banners will offer flu inoculations this season.

Supervalu pharmacies — including Acme Sav-on, Albertsons Sav-on, Albertsons Osco, Cub, Farm Fresh, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s Osco, Shop ‘n Save, Shop ‘n Save Osco and Shoppers pharmacies — which operate across 25 states, will administer the traditional flu vaccine, needle-free FluMist nasal spray, Fluzone Intradermal and the Fluzone HD (for patients ages 65 years and older) during regular pharmacy hours. The company said the vaccines, which are administered by specially trained pharmacists, will be able to provide flu vaccinations daily on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

The traditional flu vaccine Fluzone Intradermal and the FluMist nasal spray are available for $29.99 each, while Fluzone HD is available for $59.99. This cost is covered by Medicare Part B and many commercial health plans, Supervalu noted.

For additional details, contact your local store or visit Supervalupharmacies.com.


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