PHARMACY

Pharmacy coalition to oppose Express Scripts/Medco merger from the Hill

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW! coalition will be traveling to the nation’s capital on Thursday to urge Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to support patient care and oppose the planned merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions, the coalition announced Monday.

While in town, the group will host a press conference outside of the Capitol and attend meetings with policy-makers. Reps. Joe Courtney, D-Conn.; Thomas Marino, R-Pa.; and Eva Clayton (retired) will join Douglas Hoey, National Community Pharmacists Association CEO; Dennis Archer, PCPAN chief legal counsel; and Mike Brandt, owner of Globe Drug and Medical Equipment in making remarks at the press conference.
 
The PCPA NOW! coalition argues that the merger will create a consolidated pharmacy benefit manager with excessive control over the health care of tens of millions of Americans that will lead to higher prices for a lower quality of health care. The PCPA NOW! coalition hopes to educate consumers, policy-makers and others on the negative impact of approving the merger, in an effort to stop it from moving forward.


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Diabetes Rx to provide resources to American Diabetes Association members

BY Allison Cerra

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. — A new online healthcare service powered by Healthcare Resources Online and developed for members of the American Diabetes Association has made its debut.

Diabetes Rx works to connect ADA members to diabetes resources in order to meet the needs of enhanced patient care for both diabetes professionals and their patients at no cost, Healthcare Resources Online said. Diabetes Rx includes such resources as patient education materials, product coupons, samples and vouchers, product information and a variety of patient assistance programs for each product. Additional resources from the ADA also will be available through Diabetes Rx.

In addition to its suite of resources, members also will have the ability to participate in market research, easily find clinical trials suitable for their patients by searching what is being touted as the largest U.S. clinical trial database with an easy-to-use search interface. Diabetes Rx also soon will feature an e-prescribing platform as well.

“I know from experience that it can be difficult to quickly find information on a particular medication, and it’s incredibly helpful to have a tool that simplifies that process by putting information on all of the agents used to treat diabetes, lipids, and blood pressure together in one convenient spot,” American Diabetes Association SVP clinical affairs M. Sue Kirkman said.


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Sam’s Club gears up for free digestive health screening

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering a free digestive health screening this month.

Sam’s Club pharmacies will offer both members and nonmembers free screenings, while supplies last, on Nov. 12 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., which will include the EZ Detect stool blood test, a take-home colon test designed for early detection of such bowel disorders as colon cancer, ulcers, hemorrhoids, polyps, colitis, diverticulitis or fissures. The event also will include cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Glucose screenings are not available in Tennessee, Maryland or Hawaii, Sam’s Club noted.

"Every 10 minutes a life is lost to colon cancer. Although many people may consider colon screenings an embarrassing topic of conversation, this cancer can be detected early when treatment is most effective — or even prevented altogether," Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "Our digestive health screenings are a simple way for members to take an active role in the prevention of digestive disorders, including the early discovery of colon cancer."


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