Kerr Drug launches pet meds program
RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug announced the launch of its Healthy Pet program, offering a full range of pet medications that customers can order online on the chain’s website and have delivered to their homes, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.
"With the addition of our online Healthy Pet pharmacy, Kerr Drug is North Carolina’s pharmacy for the entire family," president and CEO Tony Civello said. "Kerr Drug’s Healthy Pet continues our work as a community pharmacy by helping us provide even greater convenience, affordability and customer service."
The retailer said it would offer both human drugs at doses suitable for pets and animal-specific medications for cats, dogs, birds, horses, small pets and exotic pets. The company also will compound medications in various formats and flavors, while veterinarians will be available full time to answer pet owners’ questions about prescription pet drugs.
PharmaSmart appoints Ashton Maaraba as COO
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart International has promoted Ashton Maaraba to the newly created position of COO, the blood-pressure monitor manufacturer said.
Maaraba, who has worked for PharmaSmart since 2008, will be responsible for global operations, sales, marketing, production, customer service and corporate development.
"Under Ashton’s leadership, PharmaSmart successfully transitioned itself into a premiere disease state management and health IT company," PharmaSmart president Fred Sarkis said. "Ashton has a strong focus on delivering client value, workflow efficiency, and ensuring all program aspects align with client priorities."
The company also announced the appointment of Dave Fong as strategic adviser for pharmacy services.
"The addition of Dave Fong provides PharmaSmart added depth and experience to our pharmacy services team," Maaraba said. "Dave understands the complexities of today’s pharmacy, which must balance MTM growth objectives with the realities of pharmacy workflow constraints."
Mobile app searches for safe drug disposal sites
WASHINGTON — An organization that promotes efforts to stop prescription drug abuse announced Tuesday the release of a mobile app that directs users to places where they can safely get rid of unwanted and unused medications.
The American Medicine Chest Challenge said the AMCC Rx Drop app, sponsored by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, links to the AMCC’s directory of local, county and state law enforcement-sponsored permanent collection sites around the country. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.
"Having 24-hour access in the palm of your hand to locations of permanent sites will help parents and grandparents protect their families by safely disposing of their medicine," AMCC CEO Angelo Valente said.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtained them from friends or relatives, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that prescription drug abuse causes one death every 19 minutes in the United States.
"GPhA has been a longtime supporter of the AMCC, and this new app will provide an important new tool to help us achieve our shared goal of ensuring that medications made to improve the quality of lives are not abused," GPhA president and CEO Ralph Neas said. "The generic pharmaceutical is committed to working with all stakeholders to put a stop to the problem of prescription drug diversion in the United States and help make certain that caregivers and family members are not alone in this fight."