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Drake University program will work with Medicap to provide pharmacy internships

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa Drake University and its DELTA Rx Institute have chosen GRX Holdings’ to participate in their entrepreneurial leadership internship program that will launch this summer, GRX announced Tuesday.

GRX operates 15 Medicap Pharmacy stores in central Iowa.

The internship program partners participating pharmacies with Drake pharmacy students to help them develop entrepreneurial leadership skills. In addition to the 10-week, full-time internships, the students will participate in training programs, online discussions, conference calls, special projects and student presentations.

Support for the project comes in part from grants given by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, Pharmacists Mutual and the McKesson Corp.

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Take Care opens three clinics in New Orleans area

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, announced on Monday that it has opened three retail-based clinics in New Orleans, marking the first Take Care Clinics in the state of Louisiana.

Additional locations are slated to open in New Orleans in early 2009.

“We are excited to bring high-quality, affordable care to the citizens of New Orleans,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We have watched this city overcome incredible obstacles in the past few years and we feel that its residents will greatly benefit from the increased access to health care offered by Take Care Clinics. Nearly one million patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we are proud to expand into New Orleans as part of our continued growth.”

Last year, Walgreens celebrated the opening of its 6,000th pharmacy location nationwide in New Orleans and has historically maintained a strong presence in the city.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 312 clinics in 18 states.

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Medicine Shoppe teams with ADA on American Diabetes Month activities

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A retail pharmacy chain and the American Diabetes Association are collaborating to mark American Diabetes Month with free cards listing healthy recipes for people with diabetes.

Medicine Shoppe will distribute the cards, partially funded by Bayer HealthCare, listing 10 recipes that the ADA has approved as safe for diabetics, including chicken, turkey, potato, sausage and vegetable dishes.

The cards, titled the “Live Health Nutritional Recipe Cards,” list nutrition information and serving sizes for each recipe.

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