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Atlanta leads pack of Walgreens’ ‘Red Rally Markets’

BY Michael Johnsen

Walgreens released the latest rankings for its Every One Counts Hometown Challenge Wednesday. Atlanta presently is the top ‘Red Rally Market’ for overall Red Nose Day fundraising activity.

The challenge features 10 U.S. markets – deemed Walgreens ‘Red Rally Markets’ for their integral role in helping to rally their communities to help end child poverty and going nose-to-nose in a challenge to raise the most money for the Red Nose Day cause during an eight-week campaign.

Following Red Nose Day, which takes place May 24 with a special night of programming on NBC, Walgreens will announce the winner of the challenge with a formal proclamation to the victorious city, which will be designated as the “Red Nose Day Hometown Hero” for the next 12 months.

The top 10 markets are:

  1. Atlanta;
  2. Miami;
  3. Washington;
  4. Phoenix;
  5. Los Angeles;
  6. Chicago;
  7. Seattle;
  8. Philadelphia;
  9. Newark, N.J./New York City; and
  10. Houston.

The weekly rankings are compiled using store-level data for combined Red Nose Day sales (Red Noses and Red Nose Day related merchandise) across Walgreens store locations in designated Red Rally markets. Data for the progress report is analyzed at a geographic market level to measure total store performance of Red Nose Day sales.

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Wegmans, higi connect consumer health data to pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

Wegmans and higi on Wednesday announced that customers and employees utilizing higi health stations can now link their health data directly to Wegmans’ pharmacy management system through an integration with McKesson’s EnterpriseRx.

This initiative will enable Wegmans pharmacists to better help consumers understand their measurements, review their health data trends and connect consumers with the appropriate care for their current health needs.

“Consumers want a more convenient, cheaper and easier ways to connect to their healthcare data and share it with their care providers,” Jeff Bennett, higi CEO, said. “By being consumer-centric and meeting the consumer where they are, higi and Wegmans together are empowering deeper consumer engagement to drive improved adherence and deliver better health outcomes.”

Across the industry, consumers are in search of more opportunities to conveniently share health data with trusted healthcare providers. Wegmans Pharmacy historically has been a champion for using technology to deliver better care to consumers and engage them in their health, the grocer stated. Now, through the McKesson Clinical Programs Solution integration with higi, Wegmans consumers can immediately and securely share higi collected data, including blood pressure, pulse, weight and BMI, and work with the Wegmans Pharmacy team to better understand and act on that data.

The McKesson Clinical Programs Solution is a platform that operates as part of the pharmacy management system, integrating with pharmacy workflows to provide actionable notifications in real time. Biometric data collected by higi is incorporated into the CPS platform, allowing pharmacists to immediately react to each consumer’s health concerns. Having access to this data enables Wegmans and their pharmacists to be the connective tissue needed as the healthcare system continues to move toward proactive and convenient retail based care, the companies noted.

 

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Kmart Pharmacy makes opioid overdose-reversal drug available

BY DSN STAFF

Kmart Pharmacy announced that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without an individual prescription in locations throughout the nation.

“We agree with the U.S. Surgeon General’s call to make naloxone more widely available,” William Linnane, president of Kmart Pharmacy, said. “Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids — including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.”

The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based company’s pharmacists are able to dispense naloxone to patients without a prescription in states where it is permitted. The retailer’s pharmacy chain also is ensuring that its pharmacists are trained and equipped with the resources to recommend, dispense and educate caregivers, family and friends on the lifesaving drug.

Kmart Pharmacy also utilizes such tools as the eHealth and the Medicare.gov Plan Finder for Medicare Members to help them assess their Part D coverage and enroll in plans, the company said.

Further information can be found on Kmart Pharmacy’s website.

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