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CVS Caremark extends thanks to pharmacists in recognition of American Pharmacists Month

BY Alaric DeArment

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is recognizing its pharmacists’ efforts to improve patient care as part of American Pharmacists Month, which is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association and lasts through October, the company said Thursday.

CVS singled out the services its 26,000 pharmacists provide, saying they lower healthcare costs every day in its retail, mail service and specialty pharmacies. These include immunizations; providing information about health insurance options available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the Pharmacy Advisor program, which addresses medication adherence problems and identifies gaps in care to improve health among patients with chronic diseases; and a mail service pharmacy and customer service center in Illinois that combines technology and human expertise.

"CVS Caremark is focused on finding new and innovative ways to reinvent pharmacy in order to better serve our customers, and our pharmacists play a critical role in that process," CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo said. "The healthcare landscape in our nation is changing, and pharmacists are no longer simply dispensing medication. Our pharmacists are also providing important healthcare services through innovative programs and services across our practice settings."

In addition to American Pharmacists Month, CVS Caremark will also mark National Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 22 in recognition of the 50,000 pharmacy technicians it employs.

 

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[email protected] program ambassador Amanda Peet gets flu shot in NYC Walgreens to support ‘Get a Shot, Give a Shot’

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In preparation for flu season, actress Amanda Peet, ambassador of the UN Foundation’s [email protected] program, received her annual flu shot at Walgreens’ flagship store in New York City to support its "Get a Shot, Give a Shot" campaign.

As a mother, actress and ambassador to the UN Foundation’s [email protected] program, Peet spoke about the importance of providing life-saving vaccinations to children in need across the globe. 

Walgreens has partnered with the UN Foundation’s [email protected] campaign to provide up to 3 million vaccines to children in need to help protect against such diseases as measles, pneumonia, polio and rotavirus. From now through Oct. 14, Walgreens will donate the value of one life-saving vaccine to children in developing countries for every flu shot or other vaccine administered at its pharmacies, or Healthcare clinic or Duane Reade pharmacy across the country.

 

 

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J&J must change color of labeling on Duragesic patches to aid safety, FDA says

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration is requiring Johnson & Johnson to use long-lasting ink in the labeling and dosage strength of an opioid painkiller patch it markets in order to make it easier to see.

The agency announced that it would require J&J subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals to change the color of the ink on Duragesic (fentanyl) patches. The patches administer the drug fentanyl through the skin, but because of the delivery method, they can cause serious harm or even death to children or pets if they touch a patch that has fallen off the patient. The more prominent coloring will make it easier for patients or caregivers to see if the patches have been improperly applied or fallen off.

The FDA also recently issued an advisory saying that fentanyl patches should be discarded by folding the sticky sides together and then flushing them down the toilet, and that patients regularly check them to make sure they haven’t come loose.

 

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