Kerr Drug expands central fill model

Expansion to allow greater emphasis on pharmacy services like MTM

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug will use its partnership with PDX and ScriptPro to increase pharmacy productivity by expanding its central fill model, the regional pharmacy chain said Thursday.

Kerr announced the opening of its central fill operation in Raleigh, N.C.

"It's not just about labor savings, inventory reductions and other efficiencies," Kerr CEO Tony Civello said. "These kinds of innovations and use of technologies are critical to remaining a player in the emerging healthcare ecosystem."

The chain said its pharmacists would be enabled to deploy their skills in MTM, medication adherence, preventive care and patient education. Civello said Kerr would leverage its central fill capability with additional programs such as medication synchronization for chronic medications.

"Our world has been expanding beyond the dispensing model for some time," Civello said. "Pharmacists will become a much larger part of the healthcare provider team, and central fill allows our pharmacists the time they need out front, with the patients. We expect huge dividends in patient adherence, as well as [return on investment] from the technology itself."

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