PioneerRx announces support of Apple Pay
BY Ryan Chavis
SHREVEPORT, La. — PioneerRx on Tuesday announced that it will immediately begin deliving Apple Pay service to its customers. Apple Pay supplies consumers with a secure way to make mobile payments.
“This is cutting-edge technology we’re excited to offer our pharmacies,” said Jeff Key, managing director of PioneerRx. “With current headlines announcing large retailers with data breaches, this technology allows our customers to offer a more secure payment option that many of their competitors cannot. This creates an immediate market advantage for our independent pharmacies.”
This technology is supported in PioneerRx pharmacies, which currently have an Equinox L5300 Signature Pad. Apple Pay differs from a traditional credit card purchase in that it utilizes a device account number to complete the transaction. This results in receipts and reports that only reveal the device account number rather than the last four digits of the customer's credit card, the company said.
Wegmans offers free home delivery on 90-day scripts for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield patients
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is now offering a new option to members who want to save time and money when filling their monthly prescriptions — individuals who have Excellus BCBS prescription drug coverage can now have those prescriptions filled at Wegmans, with free home delivery. Wegmans will deliver a 90-day supply of medication directly to the patient's home, anywhere in the United States, with no charge for shipping.
“This new alternative to prescription delivery helps us meet a corporate goal of improving the health and wellness of our community, said Mona Chitre, VP, chief pharmacy officer, Excellus BCBS.
“Some individuals who don’t have time to visit the pharmacy or forget to fill their prescriptions may benefit from home delivery, whereas others may prefer the face-to-face relationship they have with their retail pharmacist,” she added. “We want to offer members as many options as possible so that they will be sure to take their medications as directed by their doctor or pharmacist.”
One study by the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy showed that Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who received medications for diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure from a home delivery pharmacy, were more likely to take their medication as directed than those who picked up their prescriptions from a retail pharmacy.
About one-third of upstate New York adults who have high cholesterol, for example, don’t take their prescribed medication as directed, according to a recent Excellus BCBS report. These individuals are more likely to get sick and land in the hospital, the report said.
”We are very excited to partner with Excellus BCBS to provide this new option to their members, who will now be able to rely on Wegmans for the savings that home delivery allows.” said Wegmans manager of managed care, Jack Coultry. “We are a full-service pharmacy provider for our customers. An added benefit, for us and for these patients, is that we will now have a complete profile of all their prescription medications, not just those that are filled in the store.”
Immunizations app incorporates pharmacy finder with latest update
DEERFIELD, Ill. — The newly updated Immunizations app on the Apple App Store allows users to find pharmacies and clinics that provide free or low-cost immunizations and keep a digital record of your vaccines for quick and easy access, a Walgreens blogger announced Monday.
"Using the file of locations that we provided, the app has integrated the locations of every Walgreens in the United States. Users can search and contact their local pharmacist with all the immunization information right at their fingertips," wrote Drew Schweinfurth.
It's an example of how a third party developer can utilize Walgreens data via the company's Walgreens API program.
"The overall idea of the app is to make it easier for patients to have everything they need in regards to immunizations, such as locations to get vaccinated, educational resources and the ability to record their vaccines in the app," noted the app's developer Sunny Nagra. "It also empowers pharmacists to list their own pharmacies in the app if they provide immunizations at their location.”
The free app is available for download from the App Store.
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