Fruth reforms small-town Rx
Regional player Fruth Pharmacy is re- energizing its business. “We are entering our 59th year of business and trying to continue to provide that small-town, quality customer service while staying competitive and on the cutting edge with all of the programs that are out there on the pharmacy side,” said Lynne Fruth, chairman and newly appointed Fruth president.
Fruth started a campaign in February whereby patients write in to share why they value their pharmacist, and their comments are featured in print ads and online. So far, the company has received as many as 500 responses.
With regard to pharmacy services, the company is improving medication adherence among patients, offering medication therapy management via a shared faculty arrangement with West Virginia University, helping patients make lifestyle changes and successfully improve their health via a cardiovascular wellness program, and making a transition from a nursing- and clinic-driven immunization program to an “immunize anytime” concept that likely will feature expanded offerings, explained Craig Kimble, director of pharmacy.
ReportersNotebook — Chain Pharmacy, 5/2/11
SUPPLIER NEWS — Hi-Tech Pharmacal announced the tentative approval by the Food and Drug Administration of levofloxacin oral solution in the 25-mg/mL strength, a generic antibiotic. Levofloxacin oral solution is a generic version of Johnson & Johnson’s Levaquin, which had sales of $6 million in 2010, according to IMS Health. Hi-Tech expected to receive final approval in June, when Johnson & Johnson’s patent expires.
The FDA has approved Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil), a drug made by GlaxoSmithKline and XenoPort, as a once-daily treatment for moderate-to-severe restless legs syndrome, the agency said.
The FDA announced the approval of AstraZeneca’s daily pill vandetanib for late-stage medullary thyroid cancer in patients whose disease is growing and causing symptoms, but who are ineligible for surgery, the agency said.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals’ single-pill antiretroviral for HIV-1 patients, BI said. Viramune XR (nevirapine) is a single-pill, once-daily, extended-release formulation of nevirapine for use in combination with other antiretroviral drugs.
Bartell benefits from HBW
Bartell Drugs, a family-owned regional chain since 1890, has still got it. The chain has brought together health and personal care by sponsoring health and beauty events, the first of which happened in October 2010 and featured health screenings, cosmetic demonstrations and hairstyling tips. Another event is scheduled for the fall.
Vaccinations have featured prominently in the chain’s business as well, with in-store flu vaccinations and corporate flu clinics for area businesses, as well as international travel clinics at 10 stores. In December 2010, the company donated 4,000 flu vaccine doses to support pharmacy outreach programs at the University of Washington and Washington State University, in Pullman, Wash., providing vaccinations to nonprofit groups and Native American tribal communities.