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Pertussis vaccine offered at Albertsons/Sav-On pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

FULLERTON, Calif. — Supervalu announced that its Albertsons/Sav-On banner is offering inoculations for whooping cough at 54 of its pharmacies in Washington.

The pertussis “Tdap” vaccine booster is recommended for those ages 11 years and older. Albertsons/Sav-On pharmacists are available to administer the vaccination to patients ages 12 years and older, the company said.

The vaccine is available without a prescription or appointment at $54.99 per immunization and a majority of prescription insurances are accepted.

For more details regarding the Tdap immunization and pharmacy hours of operation, call 1-877-728-6655 or visit SavOn.com.


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Lilly Diabetes donates $100K to Diabetes Scholars Foundation

BY Allison Cerra

INDIANAPOLIS — Lilly Diabetes has donated funds to the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, the drug maker announced Wednesday.

Lilly Diabetes said the $100,000 contribution will be donated to the foundation’s scholarship fund, which supports the organization’s mission to empower young people with Type 1 diabetes. The donation will be used to fund college scholarships for students with Type 1 diabetes, as well as conference scholarships for families to attend the 2012 Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference in Orlando, Fla.

"In everything we do, we encourage people with diabetes to follow their dreams," Lilly Diabetes VP Steve Sugino said. "It’s a priority for us to support these amazing young people as they prove over and over again that diabetes doesn’t stand in their way of achieving their goals."

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NCPA raises awareness on its Rx disposal program in preparation for Earth Day

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday encouraged community pharmacists to demonstrate their role as a respected and knowledgeable resource on all aspects of medications, from dispensing to disposal, in preparation for Earth Day, which falls on April 22.

“On Earth Day and every day, community pharmacies that voluntarily offer drug disposal services for their patients have an opportunity to build better relationships with patients as they discuss their medication needs,” NCPA president Lonny Wilson said. "The face-to-face, patient-pharmacist interaction in a community pharmacy improves health outcomes and prevents the waste that is associated with ‘auto-shipping’ mail-order programs.”
 
To assist pharmacists in conveying that message, NCPA is raising awareness around its prescription disposal program — Dispose My Meds — for consumers. As part of the program, NCPA members receive nearly 20% in discounts with shipping included on the products from the Sharps TakeAway Environmental Return System, along with free customizable marketing materials and a listing on our companion consumer website, Disposemymeds.org.
 
Launched in 2010, the NCPA Dispose My Meds program features more than 1,400 independent community pharmacies nationwide at which consumers may be able to dispose of unused, noncontrolled medications with postage-paid envelopes or participate in onsite programs where pharmaceuticals are collected and disposed of properly. To date, participating pharmacies have collected some 70,000 lbs. of unused or expired noncontrolled medications. Currently, controlled medications are prohibited from being returned through such disposal programs as Dispose My Meds. Participating pharmacies have noted increased foot traffic and conversion of new patients.

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