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Walgreens’ 90-day prescription program ventures to Tampa

BY Allison Cerra

TAMPA, Fla. Walgreens has expanded its 90-day prescription program to a city in the Sunshine State.

The drug store chain has brought its 90-day prescription program to Tampa, a program that currently is available in Minneapolis and Raleigh, N.C. Walgreens pharmacists within Tampa have been trained to assist patients with their medication choices and to work in conjunction with local physicians and prescribers to ensure any needed changes to prescriptions are completed, and even directly handle the requirements for patients switching to 90 day.

Walgreens also is promoting the 90-day program in Tampa through direct mailings to the medical community, an advertising campaign, phone outreach efforts and letters to executives of major local businesses discussing the benefits of 90-day prescription refill programs at retail pharmacies.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Walgreens earlier this month kicked off the program in Minneapolis and Raleigh, N.C., in response to increasing demand from patients for more choice when it comes to their pharmacy options, the company said.

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New mobile application keeps pharmacy customers in touch

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas Pharmacy technology company PDX and mobile application maker Acclaim Telecom Services will integrate Acclaim’s Smart Mobile RX application with PDX pharmacy systems.

The integration will allow pharmacies to reach patients through text messages, emails and voice reminders regarding refills and other services. The product will be shown at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference in San Diego later this month.

“By partnering with PDX, Acclaim’s Smart Mobile RX can be rapidly deployed by pharmacies across the spectrum of mobile phones in use by consumers,” Acclaim president James Davis said in a statement. “Pharmacy smart phone customers have the added benefit of downloading a branded mobile application from their respective phone providers’ application store.”

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Richard Salazar joins Pharmacy First’s Rx$hare program

BY Allison Cerra

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. A national network of retail community pharmacies has named a new manufacturer contracting director for a retail program designed to generate significant, incremental revenue for such businesses.

Pharmacy First announced Monday that Richard Salazar would join its Rx$hare program. Salazar will be responsible for all manufacturer contracts and programs under the Rx$hare program banner, which include market share programs, awareness programs, launch programs and Compliance Services, a direct-mail, patient-focused adherence model.

Prior to joining Pharmacy First, Salazar was national director of Rx and business development for AmerisourceBergen for six years.

“Clearly, with the retail pharmacy arena changing so quickly, we needed a person who knows the terrain and has contacts throughout the pharma industry. Additionally, we needed a person who understands the value of making and maintaining solid business relationships,” said Brian Huckle, Wholesale Alliance/Pharmacy First CEO. “Our board of directors is excited about getting someone like Rick to join our team, and we remain extremely excited about the opportunities available for independent pharmacies, and the solutions Pharmacy First offers to them.”

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