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NextCare to open Curry Clinic in Tempe

BY Adam Kraemer

MESA, Ariz. NextCare recently announced the Sept. 17 grand opening of its urgent care Curry Clinic in Tempe, Ariz.

Located in the heart of the ASU community, the clinic will cover, among its specialties, occupational medicine, physicals/health exams, flu shots, labs and X-rays, sexually transmitted disease testing, emergency contraceptives, allergies, sinus infections, cold and cough, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, pneumonia, workers’ comp injuries and drug screens.

“As an alumnus of ASU, I am thrilled that NextCare is a part of such a vibrant and dynamic community,” explains Dr. John Shufeldt, NextCare founder and chief executive officer.

A perfect alternative to ASU’s health center, whose hours are more limited, NextCare accepts all major insurance and provides medical discount programs to those without insurance or those who are looking for additional savings. The Curry Clinic also offers affordable prescriptions on site, eliminating a need to travel to a separate pharmacy. The clinic’s hours will be 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the weekend.

 “We have been following the growth in the North Tempe area and feel strongly that there are insufficient urgent care services when considering the local population growth and ASU’s more transient population,” said Laurel Stoimenoff, NextCare president. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to serve this dynamic community.”

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GSK will supply over 30 million doses of flu vaccines to U.S. this season

BY Drew Buono

PHILADELPHIA The influenza virus vaccines Fluarix and FluLaval from GlaxoSmithKline will have a combined total of 30 million to 35 million doses supplied to the U.S. markets for the 2007-08 influenza season.

The vaccines will be delivered in phased approach for the rest of September and all of October with completion occurring at the end of October. “Providing an ample and steadily growing supply of flu vaccine has been a priority for GlaxoSmithKline since entering the U.S. market in 2004,” said David Pernock, senior vice president of GSK. “Over the years, GSK has significantly increased its influenza vaccine manufacturing capacity, and we have taken steps to improve the way this product is distributed to those who need it.”

Last year, the company sent about 25 million doses of the drugs for flu season.

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NACDS pledges to award at least $100,000 in scholarships

BY Drew Buono

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is pledging to award at least $100,000 this year in scholarships, and has begun accepting applications.

Last year, 40 students were awarded a scholarship, an increase of three from 2005, and this year it looks like the foundation wants to add award the scholarship of $2,000 to at least 50 students. Also, some select recipients will receive named scholarships in the amount of $2,500, in addition to the $2,000 scholarship.

Applicants must be at least in their second year of pharmacy school, as well as have experience and the desire to work in a chain community pharmacy.

“The NACDS Foundation is continuously committed to advancing the pharmacy industry for the good of the public. An important part of our industry is its future, and that is what these students represent,” said Phil Schneider, NACDS Foundation president. The deadline for all applications is Oct. 19.

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