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DEA’s Atlanta division establishes prescription drug texting tip line

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta Field Division last week announced the launch of an anonymous statewide prescription drug texting tip line available to the public. 

The TIP411 web-based initiative is the first-ever federally administered prescription drug abuse tip line of its kind in the state, the DEA noted. The TIP411 service allows for the public to quickly, easily and anonymously report prescription drug abuse by texting TIP411 or 847-411 then using the keyword PILLTIP. The tips will be forwarded directly to a DEA agent, who will then act upon the information. 

"This method of communication is a great opportunity for the public to anonymously engage in the fight against state-wide prescription drug abuse while keeping up with today’s technology," said Harry Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA AFD. "The illegal prescription drug market and relative ease of which pharmaceutical substances can be obtained has resulted in a sharp increase in prescription drug abuse throughout Georgia. DEA and its federal, state and local partners are fully committed to combating this growing issue." 

When the TIP411 program becomes active, the DEA AFD will simultaneously send prescription drug abuse educational packets to 1,200 pharmacies located throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. The packets will contain a refrigerator magnet which displays, "Report RX Fraud Anonymously," a Pharmacist’s Guide to Prescription Fraud, a Prescription Drug Intelligence Alert from SAC Sommers and a TIP411 advertisement brochure.  

 

 

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Health Mart taps mommy blogger community to spread the word on Champions of Care Challenge

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,100 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, last week got the word out about its Champions of Care Challenge through the mommy blogger network in sponsored posts from the Niche Parent Network & Conference. 

It’s an opportunity to reach the local community through the local community. According to the multiple mommy blog posts, Health Mart pharmacists are pledging $50,000 in grants that will be awarded to community health nonprofits to recognize them for improving health and well-being in their communities. Those local nonprofits will be chosen by a Champion of Care who is nominated at HealthMartCommunity.com. And beginning March 17, Health Mart fans will have two weeks to vote for their favorite Champion of Care at the site. 

The grand prize winner will be able to direct a $30,000 grant to their local nonprofit. The second-place winner will be dispensed a $3,000 grant and third place $2,000. The remaining $15,000 in grants will be dispensed in $1,000 increments by each of 15 finalists.  

"Do you know someone who perhaps volunteers to help the elderly? Cooks meals, or just spends time with those in need? Simply fill out the form on the site, then attach a photo of the hero involved, and submit your entry. Simple, right?" writes mommy blogger Diana at NannytoMommy.com. "Health Mart’s Champions of Care Challenge will shine a bright light on those unsung local heroes whose everyday actions have built healthier families, workplaces, neighborhoods and communities."

 

 

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Report: Lewis Drug acquires Throndset pharmacies in Minnesota

BY Antoinette Alexander

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Regional player Lewis Drug has acquired Throndset pharmacies in Jackson and Lakefield, Minn., according to a local news report.

The transaction is expected to take effect April 7 and, according to the Lakefield Standard, Lewis Drug will retain all of the employees.

 

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