CPSC presents Walgreens with award for medication disposal program
SAN DIEGO — The California Product Stewardship Council this week presented Walgreens with the 2017 Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take Back in recognition of the company’s Safe Medication Disposal program. The disposal program, launched last year, is the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer to combat the national drug abuse crisis, the company said.
The CPSC recognizes California businesses for outstanding leadership, innovation and partnerships in product stewardship and green design. The Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take Back recognizes a business that has initiated an outstanding Take Back program for one or more products as an additional convenience and service to their customers.
Walgreens installed safe medication disposal kiosks, available during regular pharmacy hours, in more than 600 pharmacies across 45 states and the District of Columbia, including 53 in California. In its first year, the program has resulted in the collection and disposal of 72 tons of unwanted medication, or the equivalent weight of about 40 midsize cars.
“When it comes to tackling societal problems like drug addiction and water pollution, industries have a key role to play — Walgreens has stepped forward to help fill that role when it comes to the problems of unused and unwanted medicines,” said Heidi Sanborn executive director, California Product Stewardship Council. “Their Safe Medication Disposal program is an excellent example of a company being part of the solution.”
Walgreens’ safe medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and OTC medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies are available during regular pharmacy hours and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.
“Walgreens is taking an important step to curb the misuse of medications throughout the country. We thank the California Product Stewardship Council for recognizing the importance of providing a convenient take back solution,” said Jason Cunningham, regional VP for Walgreens. “As a pharmacy, we are committed to playing a role in what must be a comprehensive solution to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse.”
Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 6.4 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 2015.
In addition to offering a year-round solution for individuals to dispose of their medications, Walgreens continues to participate in DEA sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, serving as a collection point in communities for law enforcement to collect unwanted, unused or expired medications for safe disposal.
Interpreta and higi team up to close gaps in care
CHICAGO and SAN DIEGO — Interpreta, an analytics company synchronizes healthcare data and enables population genomics, has teamed up with higi, operator of the largest self-screening health station network in North America, to integrate biometric data from higi with its clinical, claims and genomic data.
Patients will be able to share with their physicians data on blood pressure, pulse, BMI, weight and body composition gained at higi retail stations and prioritized within Interpreta in real time. This will enable physicians and insurers to leverage a patient’s biometrics data, alongside clinical, claims and additional genomic information a person may obtain from genetic testing services. Healthcare payers and providers will be able to jointly create a robust personalized care roadmap, inform care decisions and more effectively close gaps in care with the help of engaged consumers at a retail setting for the first time, according to both companies.
“With higi capturing important consumer health data and Interpreta’s ability to interpret and integrate it with clinical and genomic data in real time, this alliance will be the first of its kind to bring such power to the retail setting,” said Interpreta CEO and co-founder Ahmed Ghouri, MD. “The integration will bring consumers and providers together like never before, giving them access to the same continuously updated healthcare information and non-latent interpretations to make the best choices for care.”
With the growth in wearable devices and health apps, consumers are increasingly looking for greater options to take charge of their health. higi has the largest self-screening health station network with 43 million consumers having used its nearly 11,000 stations at leading food, chain drug, mass merchant and club locations to capture biometrics during routine shopping activity. Consumers can access the information gained at higi stations from its mobile and web app, helping them to measure what matters, giving them the option to share their data with their providers and incentivizing them to transform their health.
“The face of healthcare is changing, consumers are looking for more ways to communicate with their doctors and access important personalized medical information,” said Jeff Bennett, CEO of higi. “By partnering with Interpreta, we are enabling a fundamentally new consumer health experience. Healthcare providers and payers will now have more options to empower consumers and optimize care by identifying risks and intervention opportunities from data collected at our stations in retail settings across the country.”
higi stations can be currently found at select Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Fred’s, H-E-B, Kroger, Meijer, Publix, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Shopko, ShopRite, SuperValu and Wegmans locations.
Kinney Drugs receives PEP Award for political engagement
NACDS vice chairman Mark Panzer (left) presents the Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award to KPH Healthcare Services’ Michael Duteau (right)
Kinney Drugs was honored for its political engagement during the Political Involvement Reception on Saturday.
Michael Duteau, VP of business development and strategic relations of KPH Healthcare Services, Kinney Drugs’ parent company, accepted the 2017 “Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award,” or PEP Award, in recognition of its leadership and participation in the NACDS Political Action Committee.
“Under the leadership of Craig Painter (executive chairman of the board) and the team, Kinney Drugs over many years now has consistently shown that they understand the value of NACDS-PAC and its importance in our advocacy efforts,” said NACDS vice chairman Mark Panzer, SVP of pharmacy, health and wellness for Albertsons, when presenting the award. “The support shown by Kinney Drugs has become automatic, signifying their unwavering commitment.”