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Mass and drug channels are top locations for beauty and hygiene

BY Michael Johnsen

The purchase of personal products is most often made at locations of convenience and health destinations — mass merchandisers and drug stores — according to an online survey of almost 700 AccentHealth viewers conducted in April. Showing signs for further growth, 69% of respondents indicated they would make a personal product purchase at a drug store in the future.

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Kerr Drug introduces Simplify My Meds synchronized-prescription program

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug has introduced a new prescription-synchronization service, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Kerr, a regional chain based in Raleigh, N.C., announced the introduction of the new Simplify My Meds synchronized prescription refill service. The service uses the chain’s new central-fill center in Kerr, and the company said it hoped the program would solidify customer loyalty by increasing convenience.

"We have been moving beyond a simple dispensing model, which is critical in keeping pace with the changing retail pharmacy world, as well as how our patients interact with it," Kerr Drug CEO Tony Civello said. "That is why we have already deployed programs like auto refill, mobile app, text messaging and now Simplify My Meds. We must not only find technologies to maximize the utilization of our pharmacist resources, but be reachable how and where our customer needs to be."

Customers can request to have a pharmacist enroll them in the program, pick a convenient date each month and ensure that their prescriptions will be ready for pickup on time. They also will have access to free consultations each month for any concerns about medications.

The company announced the opening of the central fill operation in Raleigh in February, under a partnership with PDX and ScriptPro.

 

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NASP appoints Onco360 CEO to board

BY Alaric DeArment

TAMPA, Fla. — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy has appointed the leader of a cancer-focused specialty pharmacy to its board of directors.

The NASP announced Monday the appointment of Onco360 CEO Burt Zweigenhaft. Onco360 does business as OncoMed, The Oncology Pharmacy, and Zweigenhaft has served as CEO since 2007. The organization said that he had helped Onco360 grow from being a single pharmacy serving oncologists in the New York area to one of the fastest-growing pharmacies of its kind in the country.

"Specialty pharmacy is a unique field that requires professional services to support its growth and expansion," Zweigenhaft said. "I am excited and honored to contribute my knowledge and experience to support the NASP mission of bringing together all specialty pharmacy stakeholders to drive quality and improve care and outcomes."

 

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