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Greenstone launches sirolimus tabs

BY Ryan Chavis

PEAPACK, N.J. — Greenstone announced the launch of sirolimus tablets. The product is offered in 1-mg and 2-mg dosage strengths in bottles of 100 tablets each. 
 

Greenstone's sirolimus tablets is the authorized generic of Rapamune. The drug is indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients 13 years of age and older, according to the company. 

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Saint Francis FastCare clinic opens in Simsbury Super Stop & Shop

BY Antoinette Alexander

State Rep., John Hampton; Adam Silverman, M.D., Director Primary Care Services, Saint Francis; Brad Dayton, VP Pharmacy, Ahold USA; Chris Dadlez, President and and CEO, Saint Francis; Mary Glassman, First Selectman, Simsbury; Brian Pavur, R. Ph., Directory of Pharmacy Operations, New York and New England Divisions, Ahold USA; Gregg Jones, Sr. Manager Pharmacy Business Development, Ahold USA; and Lisa Heavner, Town of Simsbury Board of Selectman.
 

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Saint Francis FastCare in-store health clinic has opened inside Super Stop & Shop supermarket in Simsbury, marking the first in-store primary care clinic of its kind in a supermarket in Central Connecticut.

The 585-square-foot space is part of an exclusive licensing agreement with Green Bay, Wis.-based Bellin Memorial Hospital, and Ahold USA, the parent company of Stop & Shop.

A second Saint Francis FastCare will open in the Manchester Stop & Shop later this year. These will be the first two Saint Francis FastCare locations in the greater Hartford area, and the only in-store health clinics located within a supermarket in Central Connecticut.

“Providing access to high-quality healthcare is extremely important to Saint Francis,” stated Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO at Saint Francis. “This Saint Francis FastCare partnership with Stop & Shop will allow us to better serve the community by offering non-urgent medical care, right here, right now.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with and offer healthcare services through Saint Francis,” stated Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division. “Health and wellness programs and initiatives have always been a focus for us. Customers are always asking us for ways to save time, money and focus on health, and this venture allows us to provide customers and the community options for care in an easy and convenient one-stop location, especially with the Stop & Shop Pharmacy onsite as well.”

Saint Francis FastCare will provide care for common, non-urgent illnesses and ailments such as cold and flu symptoms; administration of flu and shingles vaccines, along with standard vaccinations for adults and children; ear infections, insect bites, poison ivy, minor sunburn, ear wax removal, sinus infection, and sore throat. On-site tests for rapid strep, urinalysis, urine pregnancy test, monospots and TB skin tests will also be available.

Bellin Health, a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare delivery system that has been servicing Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908, developed the FastCare brand of care clinics in 2006. FastCare partners with health systems and retailers nationwide and, to date, there are 30 FastCare locations operating in 10 states with 20 health systems partners.
 

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Health Mart to host second series of Town Hall meetings to improve Medicare Part D Star Ratings

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart on Monday announced that it is hosting its second series of Town Hall meetings, “Pharmacy Quality Measures: Action Steps for Improvement.” The Health Mart Town Hall meetings will be held in 108 cities across the country through early 2015.
 
“By attending the Health Mart Town Hall meetings, independent pharmacies can learn how to measure and improve their performance in support of Medicare Part D Star Ratings and gain credit for the quality care they provide,” said Steve Courtman, president, Health Mart. “Research has shown that improving patients’ medication adherence has a sizable impact on decreasing total healthcare costs. There is tremendous opportunity for pharmacists to be recognized for the outcomes they drive beyond dispensing.”
 
Designed to help pharmacies recognize the importance of CMS’s Five-Star Quality Ratings and improve their store’s performance, the second series of Town Hall meetings will provide a comprehensive review of the key medication-related quality measures that pharmacies have the most ability to impact. The meetings also will show pharmacy owners how to benchmark their pharmacy’s performance and evaluate their progress. Emphasizing action steps to improve quality performance, the meeting allows attendees to leave with a plan based on their EQuIPP data to improve quality measures specific to their pharmacy. 
 
Health Mart has partnered with Pharmacy Quality Solutions to provide franchisees access to the EQuIPP pharmacy-performance data so they can understand their current performance on medication-related Part D Star Ratings measures. The medication-related metrics are triple-weighted and can significantly influence a drug plan’s total Star Rating score. To help members interpret and improve their quality-measure performance, Health Mart’s pharmacist-led training team has developed Health Mart University CE courses and other tools to help pharmacies implement activities that drive adherence, reduce medication risks and close medication gaps.
 
Supporting patient medication adherence and identifying and intervening in gaps in patient care are areas where Health Mart pharmacies are poised to excel due to pharmacists’ strong personal patient relationships. Health Mart recently developed an exclusive program with Pharmacy Development Services to help members improve patient outcomes and quality-measure performance, with a focus on medication synchronization and quarterly medication reviews.  
 
Pharmacy owners, pharmacists and technicians can register for the Town Hall meetings at www.healthmartevents.com.

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