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Rite Aid expands free Rx delivery

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has expanded its free prescription delivery service to more than 400 stores in the New York metropolitan area, the retail pharmacy chain announced Monday.

The service allows patients to receive their medications between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., though they must wait until the next day if they send their prescriptions after 11 a.m., and some limitations apply, such as for medications that require refrigeration.

“At Rite Aid, we understand that our customers’ time is valuable and that they are looking for convenient services that make their life easier,” Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. “Our free prescription delivery service makes it easier than ever for our customers in the New York metro area to get the medicine they need when and where they need it. It also helps ensure that they take their medication as prescribed, which helps to improve their overall health and well-being.”

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GPhA announces executive committee, board of directors

BY Alaric DeArment

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has elected its 2011 executive committee and board of directors, the generic drug industry trade group announced. As part of a reorganization last year, the board has been reduced to 12 members.

The GPhA said Watson Pharmaceuticals president and CEO Paul Bisaro had been reelected as chairman for a second, one-year term. Also elected were Mylan Pharmaceuticals president Tony Mauro, as vice chairman; and Momenta Pharmaceuticals president Craig Wheeler, as secretary treasurer.

Other members of the board of directors are Teva Pharmaceuticals USA SVP government affairs Debra Barrett; Actavis president and CEO Doug Boothe; Ranbaxy VP corporate communications and government affairs Chuck Caprariello; Sandoz president and CEO Don DeGolyer; Fougera SVP and general manager David Klaum; Par Pharmaceutical president and CEO Patrick LePore; Ben Venue Labs president and CEO Tom Murphy; Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA president and CEO Joseph Renner; APP Pharmaceuticals president and CEO Tom Silberg.

The GPhA’s executive committee is comprised of Bisaro, Mauro, Wheeler, Barrett, Boothe, DeGolyer and Klaum.

“We enter 2011 as a stronger organization, with renewed vigor, a sharper focus and an appreciation of the power that a single, unified voice can have,” Bisaro said. “Equally as important, we start 2011 with the resources — financial, intellectual and structural — to get the job done.”

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Kmart emphasizes flu shots at its pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart on Monday implemented a discounted offer on flu shots to those who have not yet been vaccinated.

Kmart said it is offering customers $15 flu shots, while supplies last, and also will offer 15,000 points (a $15 value) to members of its Shop Your Way Rewards loyalty program, when a vaccination is purchased.

The flu shots are available at more than 500 Kmart Pharmacy locations and are administered by trained practitioners.

"As Kmart Pharmacy gears up to provide customers with additional influenza immunizations, we want to remind people that the virus is easily transferable, and the best and easiest way to prevent the flu is by getting an annual vaccination," said Robb Ayshford, divisional VP pharmacy administration for Kmart. "For those seeking more information about influenza, our staff of knowledgeable on-site Kmart pharmacists is also available to answer flu or other health-related questions on how to help combat illness as the season progresses."

To learn more about hours of operation or to find the nearest location, call 1-800-822-8345 or visit Kmart.com/pharmacy.

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