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CVS Caremark receives URAC accreditation

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark announced on Tuesday that it has been awarded specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a healthcare-accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

URAC, which is an independent, non-profit organization, offers the only third party, voluntary accreditation program of this scope for the PBM and prescription services industry. All standards were developed by URAC’s Pharmacy Advisory Committee, which includes a wide range of stakeholders: Employers, consumers, pharmacy consultants, health plans, retail pharmacy, PBM organizations, pharmacy professional organizations, labor and large public purchasing groups.

“CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy is honored to receive this accreditation,” stated David Golding, EVP of CVS Caremark specialty pharmacy services. “This accreditation demonstrates the company’s longstanding commitment to providing outstanding services to our patients and clients in the complex, high touch arena of specialty pharmacy management.”

CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy is focused on providing drug therapy management and dispensing services for patients requiring treatment with medications that are used to treat rare, chronic or genetic conditions. CVS Caremark provides specialty patients with support and counseling to help them manage their specialty medications to ensure appropriate and safe medication use and optimize positive outcomes. Services also include ongoing disease education and therapy counseling, benefits verification, coordination of care with multiple health care providers, comprehensive patient education and adherence management.

“CVS Caremark should be commended for meeting strict quality standards,” stated Alan Spielman, URAC president and CEO. “It is critically important for healthcare organizations to make a commitment to quality and accountability. URAC accreditation is a demonstration of that commitment.”

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GSK offers free vaccines to uninsured adults

BY Alaric DeArment

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. GlaxoSmithKline is offering its vaccines free of charge to low-income adults, the British drug maker announced Monday.

 

The GSK Vaccines Access Program offers adult vaccines for diseases such as hepatitis, tetanus and human papillomavirus for adults ages 19 years and older who lack health insurance coverage for vaccines.

 

 

“Vaccines are one of the most effective ways we can prevent and fight disease, and subsequently drive down the cost of health care in the United States,” GSK president for North America Pharmaceuticals Deirdre Connelly said. “Unfortunately, vaccines are severely underutilized by American adults.”

 

 

Children up through the age of 18 years are eligible to receive free vaccines under a separate program, Vaccines for Children, which receives federal funding.

 

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NBA Cares takes vaccination awareness program to Detroit

BY Allison Cerra

DETROIT The charitable arm of the NBA is expanding its education program about adolescent vaccinations to Detroit.

Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko and NBA Legend Bob Lanier teamed up with NBA Cares and the Society for Adolescent Medicine to bring Vaccines for Teens to the Metro Detroit community. Vaccines for Teens is a national multimedia campaign designed to educate teens and their parents about the importance of vaccination against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.

To tip off the campaign locally, Jerebko and Lanier appeared at the Arts and Technology Academy in Pontiac, Mich., to urge parents of preteens and teens to discuss adolescent vaccinations with their family physicians.

Teens are at risk for influenza disease, both seasonal and the influenza A (H1N1) virus, as well as for other serious infectious diseases such as meningococcal disease (including meningitis) and whooping cough (pertussis). The basketball superstar and local community leaders agree it is more important than ever to help protect preteens and teens in the Metro Detroit area from the potentially life-threatening complications of these diseases.

“Vaccination can help teens grow into healthy adults, and is beneficial for the students at Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac and for teens throughout the Metro Detroit area,” said Jerebko. “In basketball, the best offense is a good defense, and the same holds true for protecting teen health.”

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