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Report: Walgreens registers Beauty.cool and pharmacy.cool

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens was one of a number of companies to register trademarks under the new .cool domain name, according a report published Tuesday by the Domains, with the registration of both Beauty.cool and pharmacy.cool. 

The domains go into general availability on May 7, according to the report. 

In addition to Walgreens, Twitter registered Tweet.cool, and Discovery Communications registered the domain Own.cool.

 

 

 

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LIU Pharmacy named CVS Caremark ‘Partner of the Year’ for 2013

BY Antoinette Alexander

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — LIU Pharmacy (Arnold Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) has been granted the CVS Caremark Partner of the Year award.  

CVS Caremark annually recognizes a college of pharmacy whose delivery of patient care and service best reflects the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health. The recognition includes an award of $50,000, which was presented to LIU Pharmacy faculty, staff and students in April.
 

LIU Pharmacy was nominated for the Partner of the Year award based on more than 10 years of collaboration with CVS Caremark. Both organizations are healthcare advocates that are closely aligned with CVS Caremark’s vision and values, as well as invest in the development of future clinicians, managers and leaders in pharmacy care. For example, CVS Caremark has worked with Stephen Gross, dean of LIU Pharmacy, as well as faculty at LIU Pharmacy, to create and launch a nationwide Pharmacy Business Leadership Rotation, which is now available at all pharmacy colleges. 


 
LIU has maintained a balance of graduates entering community pharmacy, health system pharmacy and residency programs over the years. In 2013, CVS Caremark was the No. 1 employer of LIU Pharmacy graduates and currently employs more than 161 interns from the pharmacy program. 
 


“The school is pleased and honored to receive this special award and appreciation from a company who has supported the school over the years,” Gross said. “CVS Caremark has sponsored a multitude of events and activities, such as our white coat ceremony and Pharmacy Student Leadership Council, in addition to supporting our students with rotation sites and quality preceptors.”
 


CVS Caremark’s director of pharmacy recruiting Amy Holland said, “We are pleased to be able to support the School of Pharmacy’s pursuit of educating innovative pharmacy leaders for tomorrow. I look forward to our continued relationship as we strive for excellence together.”

 

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Walgreens provides clinically validated home infusion PROMs, an indicator of therapy success

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens immunoglobulin home infusion patients reported health outcomes consistent with reported outcomes gathered by the patients’ physicians in the clinical setting, according to new Walgreens PartnerPoint Clinical Management platform data presented Friday at the American Academy of Neurology 2014 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. This outcome analysis is the first to validate patient-reported outcomes measures gathered by any home infusion provider administering IG therapy, a treatment projected to be ordered 10% more often each year that is increasingly provided in the home setting.

Walgreens utilized its PartnerPoint Clinical Management platform — a single solution, interactive clinical system — to capture reported outcomes for patients receiving home IG for either chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or myositis. The outcomes analysis found the difference between doctor and Walgreens Infusion Services pharmacist-collected PROMs was less than 10% for all IG treatment response measures combined. The results suggest PROMs gathered by Walgreens Infusion Services providers are clinically reliable for physicians overseeing patient care.

“Until now, physicians haven’t had access to clinically validated home infusion PROMs, an increasingly important indicator of overall patient wellness and therapy success," said Lisa Betts, Walgreens program director of immunoglobulin. "At Walgreens, we interact with IG patients regularly and want to provide valid and useful information about patient experiences to our physician partners.” she said. “Regular reporting of PROMs gathered by home infusion clinicians can supplement clinical outcomes and may help the treating physician assess patient response to therapy and make adjustments to help improve health outcomes.”

Walgreens PartnerPoint Clinical Management data is currently available to physicians and other patient care partners via Walgreens IG clinicians, the company noted. Direct access to the interactive clinical system is expected to be available to patient care partners by this summer, providing access to clinical reports, payer reports and PROMs. 

“PartnerPoint is a new paradigm for IG management,” said Tahseen Mozaffar, director of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Neuromuscular Program and a member of Walgreens IG Medical Advisory Board. “We needed an evidence-based system to assess IG patient care delivered at home. PartnerPoint promises to deliver that system.”

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