CVS/pharmacy now offers medication disposal program in all pharmacy locations
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In an effort to make it easy for customers to safely dispose of their unused, expired or unwanted medications, and help battle the estimated 200 million lbs. of unwanted medications improperly disposed every year, CVS/pharmacy now is offering Sharps Compliance’s Environmental Return System in all of its 7,200 locations.
The postage-paid medication disposal envelopes cost $3.99 and allow customers to mail their unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications through the U.S. Postal Service to a licensed, secure facility for safe destruction. Controlled substances are excluded from this program by law.
"CVS/pharmacy is committed to safe environmental practices, as well as helping customers prevent misuse at home of their unused medications, so we are pleased to partner with Sharps Compliance to provide a secure and environmentally-safe solution in our pharmacies," CVS/pharmacy VP pharmacy professional services Papatya Tankut said.
CVS/pharmacy’s launch of the TakeAway Environmental Return System is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to safe medication disposal solutions, including participation in local medication take-back events throughout the United States and supporting the DEA’s annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
You'd think with such an integrated warehouse and delivery system, they would make this an in-house program. All pharmacies could return a single tote, sealed and marked for customer drug destruction, to the warehouse. These could be consolidated into a single location that properly disposes of the medication. All for a lot less than $3.99.
Survey: Lacking mobile presence may cause retailers to miss out on key opportunities
ARLINGTON, Va. — More than one-quarter of U.S. retailers lack a mobile presence, according to new research conducted by 2ergo.
Based on data collected from 161 retailers across six categories, 2ergo found that only 58% of retailers have not optimized a mobile website and just half of them are offering consumers one smartphone application for either Android, Blackberry or iPhone devices. Among them, 7% of these top retailers have launched applications for all three platforms, 2ergo noted.
2ergo, an international provider of mobile strategy and mobile technology solutions, said that lacking a mobile presence may cause retailers to miss out on such opportunities as acquiring new customers and boosting revenue.
“When you consider the many ways consumers are using mobile devices to improve their shopping experiences … it becomes apparent there is a gap between shoppers’ behavior and retailers’ presence on mobile,” 2ergo Americas managing director Michael Scully said. “Retailers should keep in mind that ‘mobile shopping’ is about more than just facilitating an on-device purchase. It is about catering to the context of a mobile visitor. The goal of a mobile presence should be about offering real value to customers such as on-the-go price comparisons, inventory locators, store locators, easy access to customer service, and product reviews. A mobile visitor is already overcoming a number of hurdles to connect with a brand, and these actions signal an especially valuable relationship opportunity.”
What’s more, retailers that do not properly optimize a mobile website or app (i.e., trying to fit existing databases of a traditional website into a mobile site or app, or using traditional techniques when developing their mobile presence) could face several challenges in making their presence a successful component to their overall business strategy. This indicates there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to mobile, 2ergo said. For instance, grocery, pharmacy and convenience store retailers are providing such features as personalized shopping lists, prescription refills and photo processing orders through mobile apps (49%) more often than mobile sites (38%).
“Retailers face real challenges when launching a mobile presence — integration of existing databases for accurate real-time data, speedy load times, optimization for smartphones while not ignoring feature phone users, and access to actionable analytics,” Scully said.
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Take-home allergy test launches in Midwest
FOSTER CITY, Calif. — A take-home allergy test called MyAllergyTest will be available beginning Oct. 1 in retail markets in the Midwest through a partnership between supplier ImmuneTech and Meijer, ImmuneTech announced Tuesday.
MyAllergyTest provides customers with the ability to conduct a personal allergy test in the privacy of their own home. Once diagnosed, consumers are better able to self manage their allergies.
The test is conducted with a simple finger stick, which is then sent to an ImmuneTech lab for analysis. It is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to be as accurate as blood tests performed by major laboratories or at a physician’s office, ImmuneTech claimed.
Customers also receive MyAllergyPlan with their results. MyAllergyPlan provides those customers with information on how to proactively manage their allergies and symptoms.
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