Giant pharmacy purchases now earn Gas Rewards points
LANDOVER, Md. Pharmacy purchases now can pay for gas, Giant Food said Friday.
Customers earn one Gas Rewards point for every dollar spent at Giant stores with their Giant card. Now, a $20 pharmaceutical copay earns customers 20 points while a $50 pharmacy purchase earns customers 50 points. This new addition to the Gas Rewards program will allow customers to earn more points quickly. Giant pharmacy customers simply present their Giant card to the pharmacy associate when picking up prescriptions in order to automatically gain Gas Rewards points.
Gas Rewards points both from grocery and pharmacy payments automatically will be added to a shopper’s Giant card and will be reflected on the shopper’s receipt and at the pump. In addition, customers can look online at the “My Giant” section at GiantFood.com to monitor how many Gas Rewards points they have earned. Customers may redeem their points at Giant gas stations and participating Shell stations by swiping their participating Giant card, manually entering their card number, or by entering their alternate ID at the pump, which will instantly initiate the price drop.
“We’re very excited, for the first time, to offer rewards points on pharmacy purchases. Our Gas Rewards program furthers our commitment to helping our customers stretch their budgets during these difficult economic times,” said Dain Rusk, director of pharmacy operations for Giant Food. “This is in addition to other ways Giant pharmacies help our customers such as providing free antibiotics for 14 days to customers who present prescriptions from their physicians as well as up to a 90-day supply of the most commonly prescribed generic medications for a guaranteed price of $9.99.”
Independent pharmacies tap into long-term care market with new center
DENVER Healthcare services company Cardinal Health will work with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacies to help independent retail pharmacies tap into the long-term care market, Cardinal said Thursday.
According to statistics from 2008, the number of adults in the United States needing nursing home or assisted living care is expected to be 20 million by 2050. Officially launched at Cardinal’s Retail Business Conference in Denver this week, the Long Term Care Specialized Care Center will give independents access to long-term care field specialists, discounts on the ASCP’s policy and procedure manuals and continuing education courses and market analyses.
“Many independent pharmacists want to start serving the high-growth long-term care market, but doing so requires a specialized knowledge base and skill set,” Cardinal VP market management and product development Jay Williams said. “That’s why we’ve partnered with ASCP – the recognized expert in geriatric pharmacotherapy – to provide our customers with the education and building blocks they need to immediately start serving the medication needs of the long-term care facilities in their communities.”
GSK joins the National Pharmaceutical Council
WASHINGTON British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline is the latest company to join health policy research organization the National Pharmaceutical Council, the NPC announced Thursday.
Established in 1953, the NPC sponsors and conducts scientific analyses of the use of drugs with support from drug companies. GlaxoSmithKline SVP private, public and institutional customers Jack Bailey will serve as the company’s representative on the NPC’s board of directors.
“As the nation moves forward with the implementation of healthcare reform, NPC’s research provides policy makers and implementers with keen insight on comparative effectiveness research and health-and-wellness issues,” Bailey said. “I welcome the opportunity to work with NPC and its staff as they move forward with these and other research areas impacting the pharmaceutical industry.”