PHARMACY

Retailers take shots at vaccinations

BY Alaric DeArment

The pharmacist isn’t just someone in a white coat who hands out bottles of pills anymore. The role of pharmacists has been changing and expanding dramatically over the last several years.

Now, pharmacists in all 50 states can offer a service previously reserved for doctors and nurses: 
administering vaccinations. Retail pharmacies across the country are racing to join the immunization trend, with Weis Markets recently announcing that it would spend the year making sure all its pharmacists were trained to give vaccinations. 


A sign at the in-store pharmacy at a Weis Markets store promotes vaccinations for shingles, a complication that occurs in elderly and 
immune-deficient people resulting from the same virus that causes chicken pox. It’s timely, considering the Food and Drug Administration recently approved Merck’s shingles vaccine Zostavax (zoster vaccine live) for patients ages 50 years and older.

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Rexall provides a haven for ‘Healthy Living’

BY Alaric DeArment


“Our goal here is to improve health care for Canadians,” Katz Group Canada CEO Andy Giancamilli told Drug Store News about the company’s new Rexall Healthy Living Pharmacy concept it opened in six of its stores across Canada in 2010. The concept, which borrows some of the design innovation and cache usually associated with the beauty category to better engage customers around health and wellness, includes more than 200 health information touch points.


Customers can get help from a specially trained healthy living adviser at the store’s Healthy Living Station; the Rexall Healthy Living patient interactive terminal allows patients to look up health information and learn about disease, prevention, OTC products and other topics; and a “hemocode” blood test can help patients identify foods that may be causing health problems.

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key81 says:
Dec-19-2011 01:43 pm

The Hemocode test sounds interesting. I read somewhere that it's available in all Rexall stores now.

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Pharmaca touts ‘integrative’ health

BY Alaric DeArment

The new Pharmaca stores make a very bold statement about the relationship between pharmacy and prevention. The company unveiled its new store design in Menlo Park, Calif., in November 2010. The 6,800-sq.-ft. store continues Pharmaca’s “integrative pharmacy” model, which emphasizes holistic approaches to health care and features eight licensed practitioners.


Pharmaca allows pharmacists to play a greater role in customers’ health and guide them to alternative therapies, focusing as much on the prevention of disease as on the treatment of it. The company’s unique take on pharmacy-prevention fusion is up to 23 stores and growing, with three more stores planned for 2011.

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