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PCAN urges expansion of pharmacists’ vaccination ability

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A coalition of consumers, businesses and pharmacists is promoting greater access to immunizations to mark World Immunization Week, which started Wednesday and lasts until next Tuesday.

Pharmacy Choice and Access Now said it was encouraging states to expand the types of vaccines that pharmacists can administer.

"More than 50,000 adults and 300 children die from vaccine-preventable diseases or from their complications each year in the U.S. alone – I think we can do better than that," PCAN chairman and VP business development of pharmacy services firm PPSC Bill Mincy said. "Expanding immunization authority for pharmacists is a sure way to increase access to vaccines and keep our communities healthy. I encourage state legislators to take a look at current laws and consider ways to achieve this."

Currently, pharmacists with proper training can administer the influenza vaccine in all 50 states, while those in 44 states can administer the shingles vaccine. Some states also allow limited administration by pharmacists of vaccinations for diseases like hepatitis A and B. PCAN said expanding the types of vaccines that pharmacists can administer would provide greater access to vaccines and greater vaccination rates among the population.

 

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Watertree hires former NBA champion as celebrity spokesman

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Watertree Health has hired former NBA champion John Salley to market its free prescription discount cards, the company said.

Salley, who maintains a vegan diet, is a health and wellness advocate and has appeared in film and television. Watertree provides prescription discount cards and distributes them to anyone who needs help paying for medicines. According to the company, more than 100 million Americans don’t have full prescription coverage.

"What makes this such an exciting partnership is the belief we both share: that people deserve the opportunity to live healthy lives," Watertree CEO Matt Herfield said.

According to the company, the cards are accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies around the country.

 

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Two Care Pharmacy owner-operators recognized for contributions to industry

BY Michael Johnsen

LINTHICUM, Md. — Care Pharmacies Cooperative on Thursday announced that two of its member owners have recently been recognized for their individual contributions to pharmacy retailing. 

George Garmer, owner of Halethorpe Pharmacy and Independent Pharmacy in Baltimore, has been inducted into the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Hall of Fame for Distinguished Community Pharmacists. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and a commitment to independent pharmacy and the community. “Anyone who knows George, knows how committed he is to serving his patients,” said Mike Wysong, CEO for Care Pharmacies. “To be honored by your alma mater in this way is certainly quite an achievement.”

Garmer is a 1991 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and has been involved in community pharmacy for more than 25 years.

Meanwhile, Mike Kim, owner of Grubbs Care Pharmacy in Washington, has been named the 2013 Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus of the year. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and overall service to the pharmacy profession. “Dr. Kim embodies everything that is right about community pharmacy,” Wysong said. “He is focused solely on delivering great customer service, individualized attention and customer oriented care” 

Kim graduated from Howard University College of Pharmacy in 1998 and is also a recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award and the Bowl of Hygeia award.

 

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