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Cardinal Health Foundation extends GenerationRx Initiative with grant program

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN, Ohio — The Cardinal Health Foundation is calling on nonprofits in select areas to apply for grant funding to support local efforts to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription medications.

The program, which is an extension of the foundation’s GenerationRx Initiative it developed with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, invites nonprofits from the following areas to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000:

  • Albuquerque, N.M.;

  • Central Ohio;

  • El Paso, Texas;

  • LaVergne, Tenn.;

  • Little Rock, Ark.;

  • Northern Chicago, Ill. (Lake, McHenry and Kenosha counties); and

  • Radcliff, Ken.

Interested applicants can visit Cardinalhealth.com/community for complete grant program criteria. The deadline for applications is March 25.

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Assured Pharmacy’s same-store sales increase

BY Allison Cerra

FRISCO, Texas — Assured Pharmacy on Wednesday reported that its same-store sales during the month of December rose more than 12% from the year-ago period.

The specialty pharmacy operator said that same-store sales totaled $1.5 million (or $70,464 per business day), compared with $1.3 million ($62,714 per business day) in December 2009, a 12.4% increase.

The company also announced that it reached the 10,000 prescriptions filled milestone for the first time during the month.

"As these sales figures reflect, we remain on track for increased sales and market share growth, improved earnings at the store level and stronger cash flow," said Robert DelVecchio, Assured Pharmacy CEO.

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MedPro Rx expands Web portal

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. — Specialty pharmacy services provider MedPro Rx announced that it has expanded its Web portal.

The portal, which can be accessed on the company’s website, provides patients, physicians, nurses and case managers with the ability to access targeted content to review medical records and clinical follow-up, drug dispensing/refill and shipping history. The portal also can be used as a tool to communicate with the clinical staff at MedPro Rx and utilizes a secure, password-protected customer log-in to allow for privacy of information and ease of use for clients.

“The Web portal is a great tool that provides a convenient and secure location for our clients’ medical information," said Nancy McFarlane, MedPro Rx president. “At MedPro Rx, we are always searching for the latest ways to provide the best possible customer service experiences for our clients and their healthcare providers.”

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