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Association of Northwest Pharmacies members join NCPA

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Association of Northwest Pharmacies, an independent pharmacy organization, joined the National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday in an effort to bolster their lobbying efforts, the groups announced.

“The board of the Association of Northwest Pharmacies chose to have all our stores become members of NCPA,” stated Joel Hadfield, Association of Northwest Pharmacies CEO. “This action was prompted by the legislative and educational efforts of NCPA.”

In addition to benefiting from and supporting NCPA’s advocacy efforts, Association of Northwest Pharmacies members now will have access to additional perquisites of NCPA membership, including financial benchmarking, via the NCPA Digest sponsored by Cardinal Health; exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions of hot topics; updates on healthcare reform implementation; such programs as Dispose My Meds prescription drug disposal; and discounts on industry meetings.

ANP is a regionalized not-for-profit cooperative designed by pharmacists to provide a highly diversified healthcare goods and services portfolio for the benefit of independent retail, long-term care, home infusion and specialty pharmacies and their patients.

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McKesson announces 2011 Pharmacy of the Year awards

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson earlier this month named its 2011 Pharmacy of the Year awards at the wholesaler’s annual McKesson ideaShare Conference.

This year’s winners, recognized during a special awards ceremony, included a national grand prize winner and four category winners. McKesson’s Pharmacy of the Year awards recognize independent pharmacies that demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing clinical excellence, personalized care and retail best practices.

The 2011 grand prize for overall excellence was awarded to Birch Health Mart Pharmacy in Tooele, Utah. Birch Health Mart Pharmacy has been a McKesson customer since 2007, and is owned and operated by Sheldon Birch. In addition to running a successful business, Birch actively is collaborating with other healthcare providers in his community to address the increasing occurrence of diabetes.

"While McKesson and Health Mart provide pharmacists with the tools to help them succeed, at the end of the day, it’s all about the relationships that independent-pharmacy owners and pharmacists have with their patients and communities that make them successful," stated Rex Catton, SVP for McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical.

"Birch Health Mart Pharmacy showcases the important role that community pharmacists can play across the country," Catton added. "By delivering exceptional, personalized care to its patients, Birch Health Mart Pharmacy is demonstrating that the independent pharmacy can compete and grow in today’s market, and achieve new levels of clinical and business success."

"It’s important to me that my pharmacies are viewed as trustworthy and reliable healthcare resources for the community, and that my staff listens and engages with each patient as an individual," commented Sheldon Birch. "Partnering with McKesson and embracing the solutions and services offered by Health Mart enables me to focus my time and efforts on customer service and clinical care for my patients. I am honored to receive this award from McKesson as it validates our commitment to the community."

Four additional pharmacies received awards in individual categories: Exceptional Growth to Foster’s Health Mart Pharmacy in Mount Vernon, Ohio; Innovation in Customer Service to Tyson Medical Center in Holly Springs, Miss.; Outstanding Effectiveness to Apple Discount Drugs Health Mart Pharmacy in Salisbury, Md.; and Superior Efficiency to Moody Health Mart Pharmacy in Sparta, Ill.

 

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Walgreens acquires Carle Foundation

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Walgreens has acquired the 10-site retail pharmacy chain Carle Foundation, a pharmacy operator out of the Urbana-Champaign, Ill., area with the majority of stores located inside medical office buildings, according to Dresner Partners, which brokered the deal.

"Carle’s overarching objective was to continue providing high-quality pharmacy services to the Urbana-Champaign community, particularly the large patient base of Carle’s multispecialty physician practice,” stated Carle’s COO John Snyder. “This transaction accomplishes that goal, and creates new opportunities for Carle."

"This transaction is an example of an accelerating trend in the hospital industry,” noted Ejaz Elahi, director of Dresner Partners’ Healthcare Practice. “As hospitals review their clinical service portfolios and financial condition in the face of regulatory and reimbursement challenges, they are compelled to seek new ways to develop the most clinically effective and cost-efficient delivery systems possible. In the case of Carle, the sale of Rx will enable Carle to focus more closely on its core business while entrusting the provision of pharmacy services to a highly reputable operator."

Walgreens currently operates about 100 hospital-based pharmacies.

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