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Four-legged family members can reap Rx benefits at Houston-area Kroger stores

BY Allison Cerra

HOUSTON — Pet medications now are available at all Kroger pharmacies in the Houston area, the company said.

Customers with four-legged family members now can pick up their pets’ prescriptions at the pharmacy counter. Popular medications, such as Frontline Plus and Rimadyl Chewables, are available, as well as $4 and $10 generic medications.

This offering, however, isn’t a first for the company. Kroger affiliate KPF Insurance Services partnered with PetFirst Healthcare to offer pet insurance underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corp.

According to a recent survey conducted by Kroger, about 1-in-10 dog or cat owners is willing to spend more than $3,000 on medical procedures if it meant that their pet could be saved, while 61% of those surveyed said they would be willing to spend between $100 and $1,000 to save their pets’ life, and an additional 15% is comfortable spending between $1,000 and $3,000 for lifesaving medical care for their pet.

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Novo Nordisk to open Type 1 diabetes research and development center

BY Allison Cerra

PRINCETON, N.J. — In an effort to take Type 1 diabetes research to the next level, Novo Nordisk is set to open a research and development center in Seattle.

The center, slated to open this summer, will combine basic research and early proof-of-concept trials under one umbrella, the drug maker said. Additionally, the center will be staffed by approximately 20 researchers who will be supported by corporate functions in the United States and Denmark.

"Novo Nordisk has been passionate about helping people fight diabetes since the company was founded, and it is part of our mission to Take type 1 diabetes research to the next level," said Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, EVP and chief science officer at Novo Nordisk. "With the new Type 1 diabetes R&D center, we hope to accelerate the process of finding new, innovative ways of treating people with this disease. Our vision is to prevent, treat and ultimately cure diabetes."


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Vivere Health, Metro Medical Supply establish new specialty pharmacy company

BY Alaric DeArment

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Fertility clinic network Vivere Health has inked a deal with Metro Medical Supply to launch a specialty pharmacy company, Vivere said Monday.

Avanti Specialty Pharmacy Management will provide fertility pharmacy and related management services, Vivere said.

"We are pleased to partner with Metro Medical Supply, Inc., a proven provider of high-quality pharmacy services, in the creation of this new partnership for pharmacy management," Vivere CEO Joseph Cashia said. "Expanding our fertility offering to include specialty pharmacy management services is a natural extension of our model to provide fully integrated fertility care."


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