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Prilosec OTC to host ‘Zero Burn Barbeque Events’ with Larry the Cable Guy and two Indy 500 drivers

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble is ready to fire up the grill and bring Prilosec OTC "Zero Burn Barbeque Events" to some of the hottest celebrations this summer, the company announced Thursday. Teaming up with long-term partner Larry the Cable Guy, as well as 1986 Indy 500 Winner Bobby Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and their featured driver, Graham Rahal, Prilosec OTC is "on a mission to help Americans live life to the fullest this summer, with zero burn."

“There is nothing better than summer, and my dad and I have teamed up with Prilosec OTC to make sure that Americans are enjoying every minute of it,” stated Graham Rahal, driver of the National Guard-sponsored entry for RLL in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Prilosec OTC will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 23. All summer long, consumers will be given Zero Burn Experiences like Zero Cost Barbeque and Zero Burn Games and will be educated on the benefits of taking Prilosec OTC to treat frequent heartburn.

As part of the Zero Burn Summer Barbeque Event Tour, Prilosec OTC will also be making stops in Fort Worth, Texas on June 7; Fayetteville, North Carolina on July 4; and Chicago, Illinois on August 17.

 

 

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Dollar Tree first-quarter sales up 7.2% to $2 billion

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Thursday posted first-quarter consolidated net sales of $2 billion, a 7.2% increase, for the period ended May 4. Consolidated comparable store sales increased 2% on a constant currency basis. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the comparable-store sales increase was 1.9%.

"Our first quarter sales grew as the result of increases in both traffic and average ticket with our discretionary business growing slightly faster than consumables," stated Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser. "Leading categories during the quarter included candy, check-out products, stationery and seasonal merchandise for Valentines and Easter."

During the first quarter, Dollar Tree opened 94 stores, closed 6 stores, and expanded or relocated 28 stores. Retail selling square footage increased 6.8% compared to a year ago, to 44 million square feet.

 

 

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Surescripts routes record 1 billion-plus electronic prescriptions in 2013

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — Surescripts on Wednesday announced its service has routed more than 1 billion electronic prescriptions in 2013, representing a majority (58%) of all eligible prescriptions in the United States, sent by 73% of all office-based physicians.  

In addition to continued growth in electronic prescribing, the company’s 2013 National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings highlights broader signs of growth in electronic health information exchange that support the federal government’s efforts to drive “meaningful use” of electronic health records. 

“For more than a decade, Surescripts has operated a network and built the relationships to get the right information to the right place at the right time,” stated Paul Uhrig, acting CEO of Surescripts.  “We’re incredibly proud to report measurable progress connecting and coordinating care providers through our network, because we believe that people and organizations working together will make healthcare more efficient, more effective and easier to navigate.”

The 2013 National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings includes the following major milestones:

  • The total volume of prescriptions routed electronically increased 44%, up from 788 million in 2012 and 570 million in 2011;
  • Nearly 700 million electronic medication history records (covering two-thirds of the U.S. population) were delivered in 2013, representing a 19% increase over 2012;
  • The adoption of electronic prescribing by independent pharmacies increased 11% between 2011 and 2013, while adoption among chain pharmacies remained constant at 98%;
  • As of 2013, 40% of pharmacies have achieved Surescripts certification to enable the electronic prescribing of controlled substances; and
  • The Surescripts network connects to 566,000 prescribers, more than 400 hospitals and health systems, more than 40 of the nation’s leading pharmacy benefit managers, more than 600 EHR applications, 43 state immunization registries, and 21 health information exchanges and health information service providers. 

“Just as we’ve witnessed continued growth in e-prescribing over the past 13 years, so too have we seen the complexity of the healthcare system multiply,” Uhrig said. “Today, Surescripts has the assets and the experience that are needed to connect hospitals, pharmacists, providers, payers, pharmacy benefit managers and others, to enable the secure, electronic exchange of vast amounts of clinical data and make it useful across healthcare.” 

In 2013, Delaware again led Surescripts’ Safe-Rx Rankings, with 81% of physicians routing a total of 3.8 million electronic prescriptions. All states routed at least 45% of eligible prescriptions electronically last year, and electronic prescribing has increased to where the last place state in 2013 would have been the first place state in 2009, by a margin of 13 percentage points. Wisconsin, North Dakota and Connecticut all moved into the top 10 for the first time in 2013. 

The Safe-Rx Rankings are a nationwide measure of each state’s progress in advancing healthcare safety, efficiency and quality through the adoption and use of electronic prescribing. The rankings recognize the full utilization of electronic prescribing based on volume of prescription benefit, medication history and routing transactions.

 

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