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Pharmacy OneSource ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in U.S.

BY Alaric DeArment

BELLEVUE, Wash. Inc. magazine has ranked a Pacific Northwest pharmacy software company on its list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Pharmacy OneSource — a healthcare software-as-a-service provider based in Bellevue, Wash., whose Web-based services are used in more than 1,300 healthcare organizations worldwide — heralded in an announcement Wednesday the news that it ranked 1,932 on Inc.’s list, as well as 38 in the list of the top 50 businesses in Washington state’s Puget Sound area, comprising Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. The company has made the list four years in a row.

The Inc. 5,000 is based on percentage revenue growth between 2006 and 2009 — revenues must have been at least $80,000 in 2006 and at least $2 million in 2009.

“We are very excited to be selected to the Inc. 5,000 for the fourth year in a row,” Pharmacy OneSource president and CEO Tim Gibbons stated. “This is truly a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our Pharmacy OneSource staff.”

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Pharmacy Technician Certification Board touts role in immunizations

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON The main organization that certifies pharmacy technicians is touting its role in immunizations as the flu season approaches.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board noted that last year, Walgreens immunized more than 7.4 million patients against the H1N1 pandemic flu and seasonal influenza with the support of pharmacy techs the organization had certified. Walgreens requires its more than 380,000 pharmacy techs to receive certification from the PTCB.

“We believe PTCB [certified pharmacy technicians] enhance the pharmacy team, resulting in higher quality care for patients,” PTCB CEO and executive director Melissa Murer Corrigan said in a statement. “We applaud the influenza campaign efforts of Walgreens and its pharmacist immunizers and appreciate the way they have effectively utilized the skill sets of CPhTs across the country to better connect with the communities and patients they serve.”

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Bartell to mark 120th anniversary with new store

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE Regional retail pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs will open its 59th store next month, the company said Tuesday.

Bartell announced that the 15,000-sq.-ft. store would open Sept. 13 at Factoria Village in Bellevue, Wash., a city near Seattle. In addition to traditional pharmacy services and products, the store will include clinical care services and an international travel clinic. It also will be the first Bartell store to use solar energy to supplement conventional power sources, with panels on the roof and the face of the building.

Aribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Sept. 14 to mark the chain’s 120th anniversary. Family-owned Bartell Drugs is the oldest operating retail pharmacy chain in the United States.

“We have searched for several years for the right location in the Factoria neighborhood,” chairman and CEO George Bartell stated. “I am pleased that we will at least have a store there to serve the needs of those that asked for us.”

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