Keenan rolls out new pharmacy discount card program
TORRANCE, Calif. An insurance brokerage and consulting firm in California has introduced a new pharmacy discount card program, designed to help a wide range of individuals take advantage of significant discounts offered by pharmacy benefit companies.
Keenan said the program, Keenan Saver Rx, is a free service available to part-time employees; friends and family members who are uninsured or underinsured; retirees who have reached the Medicare “doughnut hole;” and individuals with pharmacy benefits when purchasing any noncovered pharmaceuticals.
For organizations participating in the Keenan Saver Rx program, there are several important advantages:
- No eligibility requirements and no barriers to entry
- No cost to the card holder to obtain the card or benefit from the discount
- Cardholder always pays lowest of available discounts
- Acceptance nationwide at 58,000 pharmacies, including major chains
- Best prices for the top 20 drugs in the industry
- Dedicated, 24/7, toll-free number for customer service
“We are continually looking for programs that provide innovative benefit solutions and significant value for our clients and their employees,” said Henry Loubet, chief strategy officer of Keenan. “Many organizations need flexibility and options for meeting the needs of various employee groups. Keenan Saver Rx offers a way for these organizations to provide an important pharmacy discount benefit to individuals who might not otherwise have access to such a program.”
Additionally, Keenan has chosen Envision Rx Options, a pharmacy benefits management company that leads the industry with pharmacy discount card programs, as the administrator of Keenan Saver Rx.
For more information on Keenan insurance brokerage and consulting programs, visit Keenan.com.
Bennett named DrSN publisher
NEW YORK Drug Store News, Pharmacy Practice, PharmacyTech News, Retail Clinician and Specialty Pharmacy magazines, as well as all Drug Store News electronic media products.—Lebhar-Friedman Inc., parent company of The Drug Store News Group, last month named Wayne Bennett publisher of the group, which includes
The move, which became effective just prior to the holidays, acknowledges the considerable contributions Bennett has made to the Drug Store News franchise over a highly successful 15-year career with the company. Bennett, who most recently served as associate publisher of the group and national sales manager prior to that, has played an instrumental role in the overall growth of the enterprise from the single flagship Drug Store News print edition to the group of publications and e-media products that comprise The Drug Store News Group today.
Bennett succeeds John Kenlon, who in 2009 was named VP and group publisher for Lebhar-Friedman’s retail division, which includes The Drug Store News Group as well as Chain Store Age, Retailing Today and Home Channel News, including all print and electronic products.
“Wayne has a genuine passion for retail pharmacy and wants the industry to succeed—not just Drug Store News,” Kenlon said. “For that reason, suppliers and retailers want to work with him; they know he will do everything he can to help improve their businesses.”
Bennett first joined Lebhar-Friedman in October 1995 as area manager for Drug Store News.
Finding synergy between food, Rx
Drug Store News interview with Helen Eddy, VP health and wellness at Hy-Vee
Drug Store News: How did Hy-Vee get the idea to have pharmacists and dieticians collaborate on educating patients about disease states and health management?
Helen Eddy: We started by having three corporate dieticians on staff, which grew into having dieticians in the stores. The evolution of the pharmacist and dietician teams was just a natural partnership that evolved quickly. I credit our stores for recognizing the synergies and developing the programs. At Hy-Vee, the best ideas come from our stores.
DrSN: What do you hope to accomplish the most?
Eddy: Richard Jurgens, our chairman and CEO, has stated that our goal is to be the healthiest company in America, and then to help the states in which we operate become the healthiest states in the nation. We will do that through employee and customer programs that help them live healthier lifestyles and reverse the obesity epidemic.
DrSN: How do you leverage your capabilities as a supermarket pharmacy in educating patients with chronic disease states?
Eddy: Supermarket pharmacies are uniquely positioned to help customers achieve their health goals through the combination of pharmacy and healthy food choices. Every time that we are educating a customer about a disease, we address diet and healthy lifestyles.
Prescription medications alone usually are not enough to achieve the desired health outcome. It also requires that we address diet and nutrition. The supermarket, where [customers] shop, is the ideal classroom for teaching customers how to live healthier lives.
DrSN: What roles can supermarket pharmacies play in the U.S. healthcare system?
Eddy: Our healthcare crisis will not be resolved until we address obesity and begin preventing chronic disease. The supermarket pharmacy is an accessible, unique resource for both patients and healthcare professionals. Supermarket pharmacies have the health expertise of their pharmacists, combined with healthy, fresh food.
At Hy-Vee, we are already seeing physicians referring patients to our dieticians and pharmacists for education because we combine nutrition and chronic disease education. The result is better patient outcomes.