Rite Aid kicks off flu shot campaign
CAMP HILL, Pa. Seasonal flu shots now are available at more than 3,000 Rite Aid pharmacies across the country, the pharmacy retailer announced Thursday. The flu shots will be administered by more than 7,000 Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists.
Earlier this year, Rite Aid noted its intent to qualify more pharmacists for delivery of vaccinations.
Rite Aid also will host flu clinics at more than 800 additional Rite Aid stores in October and November. In addition to regular seasonal flu shots, pneumococcal shots for pneumonia also are being offered by Rite Aid pharmacists and at Rite Aid flu clinics. The pneumococcal shots can be administered at the same time as the seasonal flu shot.
Anyone who gets a flu shot at Rite Aid will receive a free coupon booklet that offers more than $100 in savings.
New mobile application keeps pharmacy customers in touch
FORT WORTH, Texas Pharmacy technology company PDX and mobile application maker Acclaim Telecom Services will integrate Acclaim’s Smart Mobile RX application with PDX pharmacy systems.
The integration will allow pharmacies to reach patients through text messages, emails and voice reminders regarding refills and other services. The product will be shown at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference in San Diego later this month.
“By partnering with PDX, Acclaim’s Smart Mobile RX can be rapidly deployed by pharmacies across the spectrum of mobile phones in use by consumers,” Acclaim president James Davis said in a statement. “Pharmacy smart phone customers have the added benefit of downloading a branded mobile application from their respective phone providers’ application store.”
Richard Salazar joins Pharmacy First’s Rx$hare program
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. A national network of retail community pharmacies has named a new manufacturer contracting director for a retail program designed to generate significant, incremental revenue for such businesses.
Pharmacy First announced Monday that Richard Salazar would join its Rx$hare program. Salazar will be responsible for all manufacturer contracts and programs under the Rx$hare program banner, which include market share programs, awareness programs, launch programs and Compliance Services, a direct-mail, patient-focused adherence model.
Prior to joining Pharmacy First, Salazar was national director of Rx and business development for AmerisourceBergen for six years.
“Clearly, with the retail pharmacy arena changing so quickly, we needed a person who knows the terrain and has contacts throughout the pharma industry. Additionally, we needed a person who understands the value of making and maintaining solid business relationships,” said Brian Huckle, Wholesale Alliance/Pharmacy First CEO. “Our board of directors is excited about getting someone like Rick to join our team, and we remain extremely excited about the opportunities available for independent pharmacies, and the solutions Pharmacy First offers to them.”