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NACDS hails journal article’s emphasis on pharmacy’s role in medication adherence

BY DSN STAFF

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The value of pharmacy in medication adherence was emphasized in the newest issue of Health Affairs, prompting praise from an industry group catering to the drug retailing industry.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Wednesday that an article in the May 2010 issue of the journal — entitled “Why Pharmacists Belong In the Medical Home” and authored by Marie Smith, head of the University of Connecticut’s school of pharmacy department of pharmacy practice; David Bates, division chief of general medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Thomas Bodenheimer, adjunct professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; and Paul D. Cleary, dean of the School of Public Health, Yale University — discussed the delivery of primary care through collaboration among patients, their providers and potentially the patient’s family. The objective of this concept is to foster healthcare access and quality for better health.

“Pharmacists can play important roles in optimizing therapeutic outcomes and promoting safe, cost-effective medication use for patients in medical homes,” the authors stated. “They are well-trained health professionals, yet they are often underused,” adding that “pharmacist-provided medication management services and collaborative drug therapy management programs, supported by robust electronic health records and health information exchanges, should be implemented and evaluated with appropriate reimbursement models in medical home demonstration projects or research studies sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, state agencies, employers, commercial payers, physician groups, or academia.”

NACDS president and CEO said these statements were a “well-deserved tribute to pharmacy patient care” and the the organization has has pledged that pharmacy will own the issue of medication adherence.

The complete article can be viewed here.

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Publix sees positive numbers for Q1

BY Allison Cerra

LAKELAND, Fla. Publix’s first-quarter sales and same-store sales increased 2.1% and 0.9%, respectively, from the year-ago period, the Florida-based retailer announced.

Sales for first quarter 2010 totaled $6.5 billion, while net earnings for the quarter increased 13.3% to $364.4 million, compared with $321.5 million in 2009. Earnings per share also rose in 2010 to 47 cents, from 41 cents last year.

Effective May 1, Publix’s stock price increased from $17.35 per share to $18.50 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is  made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of  its board of directors.

“I’m proud of all the Publix associates who have worked hard to continue delivering premier customer service in these difficult times,” said  Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Our improved operating performance is a result  of their hard work and dedication.”

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Dollar General donates supplies to flood victims

BY Allison Cerra

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Discount retailer Dollar General is making merchandise donations to the American Red Cross to aid flood victims in three states.

The company is donating a variety of supplies to flood victims in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, including personal hygiene products, socks, underwear and diapers. Additionally, Dollar General is donating cleaning supplies to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The discount retailer also is asking customers and employees for help in aiding these citizens through http://www.redcross.org/.

“Dollar General is dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors recover from this disaster,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “These much-needed supplies will aid flood victims as they work to rebuild their lives. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected, and we are committed to helping these communities recover quickly.”

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