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GetMyRx partners with McKesson’s Health Mart on launch of prescription fill app in NY

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Mobile technology company GetMyRx on Monday announced its smartphone app is available to New Yorkers. The GetMyRx app allows patients to order new prescriptions or refills, confirm the copay upfront and get medications delivered the same day at no extra charge. For the launch GetMyRx has teamed with Health Mart, a nationwide pharmacy franchise with more than 3,400 independently owned stores and a strong presence in New York City.

Owned by McKesson, Health Mart is one of the companies leading the effort to provide technology solutions that help independent pharmacies improve medication adherence, an area where community pharmacies are uniquely positioned to excel due to their exceptional clinical expertise and patient relationships.

“By working with GetMyRx, our independent pharmacy network can gain a competitive edge and deliver an unmatched customer experience that is a first-of-its-kind in the industry,” stated Eyad Farah, senior director of pharmacy solutions development at McKesson.

A recent Harvard University study showed that nearly one in three adults who receive a prescription never pick up the medication. GetMyRx addresses this challenge by letting patients order prescriptions through their smartphones and get free same-day delivery from a local pharmacy. 

 

 

 

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Report: Asthma rates on the decline

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Asthma rates are on the decline, the Associated Press reported last week, citing a new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the report, in any given year about 8.6% of Americans have said they have asthma. But in last year's survey, 7.4% reported they had asthma. "That was the lowest mark in a decade, and represents a decline of more than 3 million people," AP reported.

And the number of people who reported having an asthma attack in the prior year fell from 4.4% in 2012 to 3.8% last year – the lowest mark in more than 15 years.

 

 

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Dum Dums introduces Hawaiian Punch flavors

BY David Salazar

BRYAN, Ohio — Fans of Hawaiian punch will be able to get their fix in lollipop form this summer. Dum Dums announced Monday that it would be introducing two limited-edition Hawaiian Punch flavors, Fruit Juicy Red and Polar Blast.

"Dum Dums is known for flavor variety and that brings an element of discovery to the brand experience," Spangler Candy Company’s marketing director Evan Brock said. "Moms and kids will be excited to find these special flavors in their bags of Dum Dums this summer."

The company has made some 30 million Hawaiian Punch-flavored Dum Dums for distribution over the summer and will implement a social media campaign to drive engagement and awareness.

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