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Navarro Discount Pharmacies opens unique ‘window’ of opportunity

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI Navarro Discount Pharmacies, a Hispanic-owned pharmacy retailer with 28 locations in Miami, has opened a pediatric prescription window in one of its stores to help expedite service for parents.

The pediatric window can be found in the pharmacy located at 3949 S.W. 8 St. in Miami (one block from Coral Gables).

“Mothers are usually pressed for time and for children, it is important to get their medication as soon as possible,” stated Albert Garcia, EVP pharmacy for Navarro.

As part of its healthy children philosophy, the pediatric window was created to assist parents of children with urgent health needs who require medication immediately. The window is identified with specific signage and provides expedited service and attention by a dedicated Navarro representative who takes the prescription, consults with the pharmacist and ensures that it is promptly dispensed.

The area next to the pediatric window has been made “child friendly” and features a table, books, toys, coloring books and crayons.

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Good Neighbor Pharmacy, InSite extranet wins Best in Class award

BY Jim Frederick

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. Drug wholesaler and health services giant AmerisourceBergen and its Good Neighbor Pharmacy retail division have been tapped for a “best in class award” for their effort to improve business practices through advanced technology.

The award came at the MicroStrategy World 2010 conference Wednesday. GNP’s InSite system was honored as a cutting-edge extranet application for pharmacy owners.

The InSite system, powered by MicroStrategy, is a business intelligence application developed for retail pharmacies. Within the system are dashboards that provide analytics and personalized information to help pharmacy owners –– including those that own and operate the more than 3,500 GNP locations nationwide –– make better business decisions.

“The management team and our Good Neighbor Pharmacy customers have worked diligently on developing this extranet site which will allow pharmacy owners to uncover opportunities to expand their business, reduce unnecessary costs, help with reimbursement strategies and identify and attract patients with critical needs,” said Chuck Reed, group VP for business management in AmerisourceBergen’s retail sales and marketing unit.

The InSite system also allows customers to compare their performance against peer-group pharmacies, and improve their interactions with patients.

“This is the Web site that allows the retail pharmacist to track their prescription fills, see how they fare against other pharmacies of similar size and markets, and see where they need to improve or are making progress against several key performance indicators,” explained ABC spokesperson Nora Beger.

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Teva UK launches generic eye treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

CASTLEFORD, England The British subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched a treatment for intra-ocular pressure resulting from ocular hypertension, open-angle glaucoma and pseudo-exfoliative glaucoma, the generic drug maker announced Thursday.

Teva UK launched dorzolamide eye drops in the 2% strength, which is meant for use as an adjunctive therapy to beta blockers or for patients who have not responded to treatment with beta blockers.

The drug is a generic version of Trusopt, made by MSD in the United Kingdom and Merck & Co. in the United States.

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