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Kmart Pharmacy lowers price of Adrenaclick epinephrine auto-injector

BY David Salazar

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart Pharmacy is looking to make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable for its patients. The company on Tuesday announced that it would be lowering the price on the generic version of Adrenaclick epinephrine auto-injector) for as low as $0 for some commercially insured patients, and $199.99 per two-pack for patients paying in cash.

"When the cost of epinephrine skyrocketed, Kmart understood the critical impact it would have on our customers and worked to make access affordable," Kmart Pharmacy director of compliance and administration Jennifer Speares Lehman said. "As part of our 'Care Beyond the Counter' approach, Kmart Pharmacy more deeply connects with our customers on issues that matter to them most. Affordable epinephrine auto-injectors is definitely one of them."

The new price is achieved through Kmart’s lowered pricing and a manufacturers coupon from Impax Laboratories’ Lineage Therapeutics subsidiary.

Kmart noted that in a 2013 survey, 60% of people who reported experiencing anaphylaxis two or more times didn’t have an auto-injector available.
 

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Teva launches Benicar, Benicar HCT generics

BY David Salazar

NORTH WALES, Pa. — Teva recently announced the introduction of its generic of both Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) and Benicar HCT (olmesartan medoxomil and hydrochlorothiazide).

The company’s Benicar generic will be available in 5-, 20- and 40-mg dosage strengths, with the all three available in 30-count bottles and the 20- and 40-mg dosage strengths available in 90-count bottles.

Teva’s Benicar HCT generic will be available in 30- and 90-count bottles of 20 mg/12.5 mg, 40 mg/12.5 mg and 40 mg/25 mg dosage strengths.

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Albertsons named Top Large Pharmacy Chain by OutcomesMTM

BY DSN STAFF

BOISE, Idaho — OutcomesMTM, a Cardinal Health company and a national administrator of medication therapy management, has named Albertsons the Top Large Pharmacy Chain for the first quarter of 2017. This marks the fourth quarter in a row Albertsons has earned the top spot in the large pharmacy chain category, and OutcomesMTM named Albertsons the 2016 Top Large Pharmacy Chain last year.

“We’re proud of this recognition and the exceptional care our pharmacy teams provide their patients each and every day,” Albertsons SVP pharmacy, health and wellness Mark Panzer said. “The demand for MTM is at an all-time high, as is the demand for accessible, quality affordable healthcare. Albertsons Companies is committed to meeting that demand by empowering our pharmacy teams to help patients take the right medications in the right way at the right time.”

Albertsons uses the OutcomesMTM Connect platform to offer its pharmacy teams opportunities to engage with patients that include performing annual comprehensive medication reviews and supporting adherence, as well as resolving interventions related to safety and cost, among other areas.

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