Drug Store News debuts new tools for retail health providers

NEW YORK Retail Clinician and the Convenient Care Association, and with Sens. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, and Thad Cochran, D-Miss., declaring Aug. 2 to 8 as National Convenient Care Clinic Week, it’s clear that retail clinics have come a long way. —With nearly 500 nurse practitioners showing up for the Retail Clinician Education Congress, hosted by The Drug Store News Group’s

Add to that the number of people using The Drug Store News Group’s nurse practitioner continuing education courses—as of July 31, more than 10,500 statements of credit have been issued. “As the retail clinic industry is growing, so is the need for continuing education tailored to NPs in that practice setting,” The Drug Store News Group director of continuing education Crystal Lennartz said. The Drug Store News Group works with Partners in Healthcare Education, receiving accreditation for its continuing education programs from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has offered the programs through Retail Clinician magazine since 2006.

“It’s impressive to note that one of our most successful lessons to date has been on hyperlipidemia management, which is reflective of the growing interest in chronic disease management and the practitioners’ interest in topics related to nonacute conditions,” The Drug Store News Group publisher Wayne Bennett said.

In related news, Drug Store News discontinued its Retail Clinic Report e-newsletter on July 19 and sent out the first edition of the new Retail Health Provider e-newsletter on July 27. “Retail Health Provider is our new e-newsletter that aggregates the informational and educational needs to all retail healthcare practitioners,” Bennett said.

The audience, which includes retail-based pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants working in retail clinics, represents “an important group of healthcare group practitioners who are accessible at the community level and can be healthcare advocates as consumers continue to adopt self care and prevention/wellness measures,” Bennett added.

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