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OTC use on the rise

BY Michael Johnsen

As many as 26% of consumers increased their usage of over-the-counter products in the past year, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. While a quarter of respondents increased their OTC usage over the past year, future use is trending more steadily.

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Kinney Drugs hosting holiday gift programs

BY Antoinette Alexander

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — Kinney Drugs has kicked off the holiday season by hosting two separate gift-giving programs in all of its drug store locations to benefit less fortunate children and seniors.

From now through Dec. 14, Kinney Drugs is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children who may not otherwise receive gifts this year. During the holiday toy drive, toys collected at each store will be distributed to local children by a charitable organization within the store’s own community.

Kinney Drugs will also help brighten the holidays for seniors through its “Be a Santa for a Senior” program. Each Kinney Drugs store is partnering with a local senior care center to develop individual gift suggestions for senior residents. Customers can review the suggestions and purchase gifts for seniors who may not be able to celebrate the holidays with loved ones

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Prime Therapeutics’ mail-service business receives full URAC accreditation

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The mail-order pharmacy business of pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics has received accreditation from the Washington-based healthcare accrediting organization URAC, Prime said Wednesday.

Prime received its first mail-service pharmacy accreditation on Jan. 1, 2009, and will remain accredited through Jan. 1, 2016, the company said.

"The URAC accreditation for our mail-service pharmacy provides a seal of approval that assures our clients and members that we are committed to providing the highest level of member safety, clinical quality and operational excellence," Prime Therapeutics SVP consumer delivery Duane Barnes said.


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