PHARMACY

The Little Clinic provides reduced pricing to Kroger associates

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger is now offering associates and their immediate families pricing of $25 or less for medically necessary services at The Little Clinic locations, the grocer announced Monday.

"We are committed to helping our associates and customers live healthier lives," stated Colleen Lindholz, president Kroger Pharmacy and The Little Clinic. "Our mission is to simplify healthcare by creating affordable solutions that combine health, wellness and nutrition."

The pricing is available to any associate and family member whose primary benefit coverage is provided by Kroger.

The Little Clinic operates 221 clinics in 10 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

Other services provided by The Little Clinic include dietitian programs at select locations (Nashville, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Dayton). Nutrition services vary from nutrition counseling, medical nutrition therapy, grocery store tours, cooking classes to store events. Kroger associates can receive nutrition counseling for $20. The Little Clinic  also offers associate transformation programs that include diabetes management and diabetes prevention. The 16-week course focuses on healthy eating behaviors, label reading and sound nutrition education.

"We continue to focus on offering our associates services and programs that help with their overall well-being," said Theresa Monti, Kroger VP total rewards and HR systems.
 

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FDA approves Lupin’s Corgard generic

BY David Salazar

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Lupin’s generic version of Corgard (nadolol) tablets. The drug is indicated to manage patients with angina pectoris and to treat hypertension.

Lupin’s generic will be available in 20-, 40- and 80-mg dosage strengths. The drug had U.S. sales of $109.8 million for the 12 months ended June 2017, according to QuintilesIMS data.

 

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NACDS, ASTHO and APHA workshop will explore building public health partnerships

BY David Salazar

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is partnering with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the American Public Health Association to host a workshop about building partnerships across public health agencies and pharmacies. The workshop, slated for Nov. 4, will take place ahead of the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

“NACDS is extremely pleased to be able to collaborate on this workshop,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “As the face of neighborhood healthcare, pharmacies and pharmacists offer convenient and accessible patient-centered services every day. This workshop encourages the important coordination between pharmacies and public health partners to significantly improve patient health outcomes, access to care and preparedness efforts.”

The workshop will offer pharmacy stakeholders the opportunity to hear from panelists from health departments, the pharmacy industry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on such topics as preventive health, chronic disease, hypertension and public health preparedness.

“Pharmacy’s long-time commitment to improving the public’s health lead to the development of the Pharmacy Special Primary Interest Group within the 25,000-member American Public Health Association,” APHA’s Pharmacy SPIG founding chare Stuart Feldman said. “Currently, our 250 members give pharmacy a seat at the public health association table and the opportunity to advance pharmacy-public health partnerships throughout the diverse public health community. The workshop provides an opportunity for participants to learn about how these collaborations can demonstrate the value pharmacy brings to public health and in turn to the public’s health.”

The free workshop will take place at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at Atlanta’s CNN Center. Registration is currently open.

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