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Gallup survey reaffirms pharmacists’ high standing

BY Jim Frederick

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Community pharmacists still are among the nation’s most trusted professionals.

That’s the finding from Gallup’s newly released "Honesty and Ethics" survey. The polling firm reported that for the eighth consecutive year, Americans ranked pharmacists among the top three professional groups for honesty and trustworthiness, behind nurses and military officers. According to Gallup, 71% of respondents in its latest poll rated pharmacists’ honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as “very high” or “high,” which marked an increase from 66% in 2009.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores immediately hailed the survey results. “The public trust in pharmacists that is reflected in the Gallup survey provides further support for entrusting pharmacists with responsibilities that can help improve patients’ lives and reduce healthcare costs,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson Friday.

The poll results affirmed the increasingly critical role pharmacists can play in the nation’s beleaguered healthcare network, Anderson said. “Pharmacists are the face of neighborhood health care. They are highly accessible, with nearly all Americans living within 5 miles of a community pharmacy. They also are highly trusted — a concept that is supported again by the Gallup survey. We find that people are interested to hear about the education that pharmacists receive. To sit for pharmacy board licensure exams today, candidates must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which requires a minimum of six years of professional education. Pharmacists are well qualified to meet the day-to-day needs of patients, as well as to help patients chart strategies to take their medications correctly,” Anderson added.

Similarly, the National Community Pharmacists Association praised the survey, stating that, “In business the common refrain is ‘the customer is always right’. The Gallup rating demonstrates the care pharmacists take in delivering indispensible prescription drug related services is appreciated. We hope to work with the public and private sector to grow pharmacists’ role in making Americans healthier, while helping to pursue the elusive, but attainable, goal of reducing costs,” the association said.

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Chef Pepin becomes the newest face of Navarro Discount Pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacies has tapped a TV personality to serve as its celebrity spokesman.

Chef Pepin now is part of Navarro’s overall marketing campaign and expansion strategy, the Miami-based drug store chain said. In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle to Navarro’s customers through in-store demonstrations and other outreach efforts, Pepin will assist with the promotion of the company’s extensive line of household appliances — currently available in stores and soon to be available online.

The healthy-eating promotion is part of Navarro’s Diabetes Club, which focuses on nutrition, exercise and prevention for adults and children, the retailer said. “Chef Pepin is an icon to Hispanics and Latinos everywhere,” said Steve Kaczynski, Navarro Discount Pharmacies CEO. “Together, we will educate Hispanics about adopting a healthier approach to food and how to cook healthy.”

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Highlighting health observance, United Supermarkets offers flu vaccine special to customers

BY Allison Cerra

LUBBOCK, Texas — United Supermarkets’ family of stores is recognizing National Influenza Vaccination Week by offering customers a $20 flu vaccine special.

The national observance, which runs from Dec. 5 through Dec. 11, was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater distribution of the flu vaccine during the holiday season, into January and beyond, , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine will be offered at United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United pharmacies.

"We are reducing the cost of our influenza vaccine during this time in an effort to vaccinate more of our guests and help promote a healthy, flu-free holiday season," said Tim Purser, business director pharmacy for United Supermarkets. "An annual flu shot is the first and best ­step toward prevention of the flu."

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