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Report: Kroger seeks to expand The Little Clinic business

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Kroger views its in-store health clinic business, The Little Clinic, as an important part of its commitment to health and wellness, and is in the midst of developing an expansion plan, according to a local report.

 

"It is part of our long-term plan," Kroger spokeswoman Meghan Glynn was quoted as saying in a Cincinnati Enquirer article. "Customers more and more are focused on health, fitness and wellness, especially with rising healthcare costs."

 

 

There are currently 80 Little Clinics inside select Kroger stores nationwide. The relationship between Kroger and the clinic operator began in 2003 when Kroger opened its first Little Clinic in a Kroger store in Louisville, Ky. In February, Kroger acquired The Little Clinic for, according to the news report, a price tag of $86 million.

 

 

Kroger had declined to comment on how it might change the business model or growth Little Clinic brand going forward.

 

 

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Michael Stoll, former VP corporate benefits for Kroger, was recently named CEO of The Little Clinic.

 

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FDA approves Toprol XL generic

BY Alaric DeArment

MORRISTOWN, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a drug for treating heart disease made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Watson announced Thursday.

The FDA approved Watson’s metoprolol succinate extended-release tablets in the 100-mg and 200-mg strengths. The drug is used to treat angina, heart failure and hypertension.

The tablets are a generic version of AstraZeneca’s Toprol XL, which had sales of $403 million during the 12-month period ended in February, according to IMS Health.

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NCPA, partners launch Dispose My Meds campaign

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A group representing the nation’s independent pharmacists will be kicking off a campaign with Sharps Compliance and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America to address ways consumers can safely dispose prescription medications.

The National Community Pharmacists Association said the Dispose My Meds campaign, an official Earth Day activity, will provide consumers with unprecedented options to safely and responsibly dispose of unused medications at hundreds of participating community pharmacies nationwide.

More than four billion prescriptions are written annually in the United States, according to estimates, and up to 40% of drugs dispensed outside of hospitals go unused, generating some 200 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste each year, NCPA said. Additionally, NCPA said, unused patient medications are a contributor to traces of pharmaceuticals being found in America’s drinking water and accidental poisonings, which have involved an 80% increase in U.S. deaths from accidental overdose of narcotics in a recent six-year period.

NCPA president Joe Harmison, in addition to Claude Dance, Sharps Compliance SVP sales and marketing, and Mark Elizabeth Elliott, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America VP communications, membership and IT, will host a conference call April 19 to discuss the initiative. For more information or to RSVP, please contact John Norton, NCPA, at 703-600-1174 or [email protected].

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