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Rite Aid, Just Between Friends launch Rx transfer program

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid and Just Between Friends on Wednesday launched “Rite Aid Prescriptions for Education,” a new prescription transfer program benefiting participating families and local Parent Teacher Association units nationwide.

The new program includes a prescription transfer incentive for families through participating local PTA units. Rite Aid will make a $5 contribution to a local PTA through the end of 2010 when a customer transfers a prescription to their local Rite Aid pharmacy and submits a coupon from their local PTA along with their medical insurance card.

Aseparate coupon will be specially generated for each PTA subscribing to Just Between Friends, a free service that provides local membership-based groups with a private online communication system for their members. Families using the coupon also will receive a $20 Rite Aid gift card with each transfer.

“Rite Aid Prescriptions for Education” is designed to extend beyond a student’s immediate household. For example, relatives or friends of a student can be given copies of their local PTA-generated coupon to take advantage of the Rite Aid/Just Between Friends plan, thus significantly increasing the potential donation to a particular PTA.

“By teaming with Just Between Friends, we are able to directly, and positively, affect the lives of millions of school children and their families,” stated John Learish, Rite Aid SVP marketing. “Supporting local PTA units helps to enable more vibrant communities which has a significant positive impact on schools and the quality of education children receive.”

Just Between Friends helps local PTAs and other community-based groups, such as churches and sports leagues, communicate more effectively.

Local group leaders can correspond directly with their members, either through group e-mails or individually. Individual calendars also can be created, allowing members to quickly view upcoming meetings and other activities. From creating directories, member lists or rosters, to communicating with the community and volunteer management, Just Between Friends handles the full range of communications through a single, easy-to-use browser interface.

In schools from coast-to-coast, Just Between Friends actively has connected parents of school-aged children at schools with a combined total of more than 3.1 million households, helping them form communities that allow them to be more involved in their children’s education.

“Schools continue to seek resources that will enhance their kids’ school environment and their relationship with their communities,” said David Radin, president of Just Between Friends. “Our alliance with Rite Aid will help them in further achieving that goal. Local PTAs throughout the United States have chosen Just Between Friends to improve the full range of communications between parents and schools. Through ‘Rite Aid Prescriptions for Education,’ we’re helping make those bonds just a little stronger.”

Just Between Friends and Rite Aid already are working on additional efforts to involve parents in ways that will help make a difference in the lives of both the parents and their children.

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Kerr Drug kicks off flu shot campaign

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH , N.C. Regional pharmacy chain Kerr Drug is kicking off its immunization program early this year to meet the demand for flu shots.

Customers ages 14 years and older now can receive the 2010-2011 flu vaccine by Kerr Drug’s specially trained immunizing pharmacists, no appointment necessary. No payment is required by those with Medicare Part B, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Blue Cross Federal, NC State Health Plan and Humana Gold Choice. For all others, flu shots cost $30 each.

“People only need to get one flu shot this year because the 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against the H1N1 as well as two other types of influenza expected to be seen during the season,” said Debbie Pruss, a Kerr Drug pharmacist in Raleigh’s North Hills store. “We encourage everyone to follow the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] new recommendations for flu vaccines. With immunizations available during almost all operating hours, it has never been easier to get a flu shot.”

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Two FastCare clinics to open in Idaho Walmart stores

BY Antoinette Alexander

POCATELLO, Idaho Portneuf Medical Center has teamed up with Bellin Health FastCare to operate two retail clinics in Walmart stores in Pocatello and Blackfoot, Idaho, according to a report by the Idaho State Journal.

 

The partnership, effective as of Sept. 1, will offer treatment for such acute ailments as sore throats, pink eye and allergies. Next month, another FastCare is slated to open in a Walmart in Peru, Ill.

 

 

This marks FastCare’s first clinics within Walmart. In an interview with Drug Store News in August, Ken Berndt, director of FastCare, stated that, at that time, FastCare had 38 clinics either built or under construction. Over the next 12 months, it plans add between 40 and 50 clinics. Bellin Health Systems established the FastCare brand of retail health clinics in 2006.

 

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