Indy franchisees a model of pharmacy ‘Care’ in nation’s capital
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It’s a 53-store collection of independents that serves as a model of neighborhood pharmacy to the nation’s lawmakers. That’s in part thanks to the number of Care pharmacies operating in the nation’s capital and in part due to the franchisee-owned group’s proximity to the headquarters of the National Community Pharmacist Association, which is located across the hall.
“[That proximity] really is an opportunity for us to represent independent pharmacy,” said Michael Wysong, Care CEO.
Looking forward, Care continues to target growth of 30% on top of the group’s purchasing volume each year. With an estimated 2009 sales volume of $215 million, Care will be bringing on several new franchisee/owners in New Jersey and Pennsylvania early in 2011. “The interest in Care is really starting to stretch outside of our normal boundaries of Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Northern Virginia,” Wysong said.
Also within the Care family is a strong specialty pharmacy vibe. Care has been the exclusive administrator of Washington’s DC AIDS Drug Assistance Program contract for the past eight years. In addition, many Care pharmacies pursue various specialty pharmacy disciplines — some of the largest fertility pharmacies in the country operate under the Care banner, for example.
NACDS Foundation encouraging research on problem of primary medication nonadherence
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is inviting health and pharmacy experts and other researchers to join the Herculean effort to improve patient adherence rates.
The invitation comes in the form of a new Request for Proposal, issued Tuesday by the NACDS Foundation. The foundation is seeking bids from research organizations to study primary medication nonadherence, which occurs when a patient fails to fill or pick up his or her newly prescribed medication.
To that end, the group has set aside funding for qualified researchers to measure PMN rates, and to develop, test and evaluate the effectiveness of PMN interventions in the pharmacy setting.
“The NACDS Foundation’s Request for Proposal seeks to examine primary medication nonadherence rates, and ways in which the healthcare system — through the collaborative integration, engagement and intervention of pharmacists, physicians and other healthcare providers, and the proper and effective use of health information technology — can be utilized to improve overall patient health outcomes and medication adherence rates,” said NACDS Foundation president Edith Rosato.
NACDS called medication nonadherence “a patient crisis and multibillion-dollar healthcare problem in the United States.” Citing a study from the New England Healthcare Institute, the foundation noted, “When a patient does not fill or properly take [his or her] prescribed medications correctly it leads to dangerous complications, emergency room visitations and hospital admissions — needlessly costing more than $290 billion annually.”
According to a recent peer-reviewed study, U.S. patients failed to even pick up nearly 1-in-4 newly prescribed medications. “This trend was especially prevalent among patients with chronic disease, such as hypertension and diabetes,” NACDS noted.
All proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on March 15.
Report: Intel to open worksite clinic for employees
HILLSBORO, Ore. — Intel is helping its employees gain convenient access to health care with the opening this week of an on-site medical center at its Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro, which will be operated by Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems, according to local news reports.
Later this year, Intel is looking to open a second worksite medical clinic at is Ronler Acres Campus, according to reports.
The 5,000-sq.-ft. Health for Life Center will give Intel employees access to a full-time physician, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, a physical therapist, phlebotomists and health coaches, according to reports.
Services include urgent care, routine primary care, lab testing, vaccinations, physical therapy, pharmacy services and fitness training. The medical center also will identify chronic health conditions and provide education on how to reduce risk factors, reports stated.