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Costco installs health kiosks in Canada pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mass merchandiser Costco is adding information kiosks to its 25 pharmacies in Canada’s Ontario province.

Aisle7, the U.S.-based company that makes the kiosks, said the kiosks would make customer self-care education on generic and branded drugs, as well as drug information, available through an interactive kiosk-based display.

“We’re excited to offer our shoppers the Aisle7 program as an extention to the services we provide in our pharmacy,” Costco assistant VP pharmacy eastern division for the United States and Canada Rick Duffy said. “Aisle7 provides us with a credible, easy-to-use information resource for our shoppers, as well as a customizable marketing platform to promote our monthly health events.”

 

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MinuteClinic offering physicals at special rate

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. With camp season, team practices and summer sports leagues right around the corner, administrators soon will be asking for completed physical exam forms before a child or teen is able to participate, so MinuteClinic is offering exams at a special rate through Sept. 19.

Through Sept. 19, exams will be priced at $35. Additional charges may apply for more thorough exam requirements, such as urinalysis. Insurance is not accepted for physical exams. Requirements for physicals vary by state, and services are not available in Massachusetts.

For the campers, athletes and college-bound students seeking physicals, nurse practitioners and physician assistants at MinuteClinic will measure height and weight, review health and immunization history, perform a simple exam to determine if the youth is fit to participate in an activity, help with any required paperwork and provide safety and education tips.

Practitioners will stamp any school or camp forms and reference the results provided on the official MinuteClinic patient summary. Copies of the summary can be faxed or mailed to primary care providers, usually within 24 hours, with patient permission.

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CVS Caremark, Generation Health to offer GBM service

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark and Generation Health have announced that they will offer an integrated genetic benefit management service — using the industry’s first Best Test Genetics Network for coordination of testing — directed at tailoring prescriptions to members based on their DNA.

CVS Caremark acquired a majority interest in Generation Health in December 2009; however, Generation Health operates as an independent business from CVS Caremark, offering a range of GBM services to employers, health plans and provider networks.

The initial product offering is available to CVS Caremark PBM services clients and focuses on 13 drug therapies. For medications generally dispensed through PBM services, the target medications include Imuran, Nolvadex, Plavix, Tabloid, Tegretol and Ziagen. The partnership also will initially focus on seven medications dispensed through CVS Caremark’s specialty pharmacy business, including Pegasys and Copegus, for the treatment of hepatitis C, as well as oncological drugs Gleevec, Tasigna, Sprycel, Tarceva and Tykerb.

For each drug therapy, testing will be coordinated through the industry’s first Best Test Genetics Network, a preferred provider organization of diagnostic service providers that offer evidence-based genetic and molecular testing.

The GBM service offering will be launched for a select group of CVS Caremark’s PBM clients in the months ahead, with the product becoming available to all clients starting January 2011. In addition, the CVS Caremark and Generation Health collaboration will be expanding its GBM service offerings as is warranted by research and medical advances.

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