PHARMACY

NDA provision a win-win for Tricare members, retail pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2011 delivers a prize to service members and retail pharmacies alike.

(THE NEWS: House passes bill to prevent increase in military copays at retail pharmacies. For the full story, click here)

Because it temporarily prohibits copay increases for patients covered under the Tricare program who buy their drugs from retail pharmacies, it expands the range of choices that the men and women of the armed forces have for places to purchase their medications, whether they choose small community pharmacies or national chains.

Tricare beneficiaries weren’t forbidden from using retail pharmacies, of course, but copay increases would likely discourage many from buying their drugs from them. Now that the disincentive is temporarily eliminated, retail pharmacies have a whole pool of potentially new customers — service members and their families — to which they can market their products and services.

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Target to expand its retail clinic presence

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS Target is looking to open eight new clinic locations this September, which includes new clinics at Target stores in Chicago and three in the Palm Beach, Fla., area.

Target introduced the Target Clinic in 2006 and currently operates 28 nurse practitioner-staffed locations in Minnesota and Maryland.

"Target is committed to helping our guests and team members achieve total well-being," stated Keri Jones, SVP health and beauty for Target. "By offering convenient, affordable and high quality care with no appointment necessary, Target Clinic is the perfect solution for busy families."

Construction is underway at the Evanston, South Loop and Near North Chicago Target stores. In early June, construction will begin at the Broadview and Tinley locations as well as the three Palm Beach-area Target stores. The eight new Target Clinic locations are expected to be open in early September.

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Costco installs health kiosks in Canada pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mass merchandiser Costco is adding information kiosks to its 25 pharmacies in Canada’s Ontario province.

Aisle7, the U.S.-based company that makes the kiosks, said the kiosks would make customer self-care education on generic and branded drugs, as well as drug information, available through an interactive kiosk-based display.

“We’re excited to offer our shoppers the Aisle7 program as an extention to the services we provide in our pharmacy,” Costco assistant VP pharmacy eastern division for the United States and Canada Rick Duffy said. “Aisle7 provides us with a credible, easy-to-use information resource for our shoppers, as well as a customizable marketing platform to promote our monthly health events.”

 

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