Pa. governor signs legislation enabling indie pharmacies to match reimbursement terms of mail order
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett last week signed into law S.B. 201, a bill that takes critical steps toward leveling the playing field between large pharmacy benefit managers and the mail-order pharmacies they own and local, independent community pharmacies. The legislation was applauded by community pharmacists.
"By supporting the bill that emerged out of Pennsylvania’s state Senate and House, the governor allows more than 1,000 local mom-and-pop pharmacies throughout Pennsylvania to match the reimbursement terms and conditions that large mail-order pharmacies currently enjoy," stated Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association. "Now the patients will gain greater control over their health care by being able to choose where they get their prescription drug services. That’s fair and is the way the free market should work."
Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies to offer free antibiotics
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies, located throughout Southern California, are offering free antibiotics based on a 14-day eligible quantity, beginning Nov. 1. The offer includes refills, to anyone with or without health insurance coverage who presents a prescription.
Five different classes of antibiotics are available, which includes amoxicillin (generic for Amoxil), ampicillin, ciprofloxacin (generic for Cipro), penicillin and trimeth/sulfa (generic for Septra or Bactrim).
"Stater Bros. believes in doing the right thing for the right reason," said Jack H. Brown, Stater Bros. chairman and CEO. "As the only supermarket chain in Southern California to offer this program free of charge, Stater Bros. is doing all that we can to ensure accessible and affordable health care to each and every one of our valued customers."
In 2010, Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy introduced its Free Diabetic Medication Program, which offers some of the most popular Type II diabetes medications to customers with a valid prescription from their doctor. In addition, Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy is pleased to continue its $4 Generic Prescription Program. More than 300 commonly prescribed medications are $4 for a 30-day supply or $10 for a 90-day supply.
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Walmart in September partnered with HumanaVitality on a program that incentivizes healthier behavior, offering 5% savings on select healthier-for-you products. The program has about 1 million members.
“With [HumanaVitality’s] large population, we’ve got a lot of opportunities to collect data and to understand how this is … changing behaviors of individual shopping experiences,” said Joe Woods, HumanaVitality CEO.
Meanwhile, Safeway’s Just for U program, which launched earlier this year, offering personalized discounts based on past purchases, has enrolled some 4.5 million members to date, the company announced in October, accounting for 40% of sales. The goal is 5 million members and 45% of sales by the end of the year. Also, the company is expected to unveil a new wellness component to the program by the end of the year.
And at press time, Bartell’s announced a partnership with the Seattle-based online rewards program EveryMove to encourage customers to engage in healthy activities like walking, running and visits to the gym. Rewards include Bartell’s gift cards.