Rite Aid supports ‘Go Red For Women’ with heart health guide
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Monday announced that it again is supporting the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” movement by providing free heart health guides in all of its stores nationwide now through March and online at RiteAid.com/health/.
More than 4,800 Rite Aid stores also will help raise funds for AHA by collecting customer donations of $1 or more for red dress paper pinups from Jan. 31 to March 6. Pinups include six detachable money-saving coupons.
The 16-page heart health guide includes information about heart health at different ages, the dangers of heart disease and specific advice, including how to recognize a heart attack or stroke; the importance of controlling high cholesterol; and strategies to help reduce high blood pressure.
“Rite Aid’s most important goal as a network of neighborhood pharmacies is to empower its patients to take charge of their overall health and wellness,” stated Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson. “This entails more than just remembering regular checkups and taking medications appropriately as prescribed,” he said. “The research behind our heart awareness initiatives with the American Heart Association clearly shows how a little bit of lifestyle change literally can add years to a patient’s life.”
Rite Aid’s focus on heart health is part of its year-long commitment to patient health and wellness. Each year Rite Aid offers free information, answers and guidance on health-and-wellness topics including diabetes, allergy awareness, skin care, oral health and weight management.
Navarro Discount Pharmacies raises money, collects nonperishables for Haiti
MIAMI Locally owned and operated Navarro Discount Pharmacies and its employees and customers are joining forces to help the people of Haiti.
In the past week, Navarro’s local efforts have raised more than $10,000 and have resulted in the collection of a substantial amount of non perishable goods and vitamins. In store collection programs include:
- Customers “round up your change campaign”: Customers can round up their change to the nearest dollar in an effort to raise funds for those in need in Haiti.
- Employee Payroll Deductions: Employees can donate through their paychecks for the months of January/February 2010.
- Nonperishable item donations: Each of Navarro’s 28 store locations are collecting water, clothing, first aid, medical supplies, etc.
- Navarro’s sister company in Miami, Nutri-Force Nutrition, a local manufacturer/marketer of supplements and vitamins, also has donated 10,000 bottles of vitamins and other such nonperishable items as clothes, toiletries, first aid items, baby items, and cases of water.
All monies and goods raised are donated to the American Red Cross.
Navarro Discount Pharmacies is the largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain in the United States with 28 stores and approximately 1,500 employees in Miami.
Walgreens to acquire three El Amal pharmacies in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Walgreens announced Friday it will acquire three pharmacies from a drug store chain in Puerto Rico.
The El Amal pharmacies are expected to transition to the U.S. drug store chain by the end of February, Walgreens said.
Additionally, Walgreens also agreed to purchase prescription files associated with 11 El Amal pharmacies. Patients currently served by these 11 pharmacies will see notices in the stores and receive letters notifying them of the change. These locations, listed below, are expected to close by the end of the month. Patients will have immediate access to their prescription histories at a nearby Walgreens, or any of the Walgreens stores on the island:
- Mayaguez Shopping Center, Mayaguez
- Santa Maria Shopping Center, Ponce
- Centro Del Sur Shopping Center, Ponce
- Miramar #540, Arecibo
- Valle Real Shopping Center, Ponce
- Yauco Plaza, Yauco
- Dorado Shopping Center, Dorado
- Berwind Shopping Center, Rio Piedras
- Corozal Plaza, Corozal
- Bayamon Oeste Shopping Center, Bayamon
- Ave. Sanchez Osorio, Carolina
“Pharmacy is the heart of our business and is a service we take great pride in providing,” said Nivia Santiago, Puerto Rico market VP for Walgreens. “This agreement allows us to quickly provide our innovative pharmacy services to more of the Island’s population. Lastly, we strongly believe in Puerto Rico’s potential for long-term economic growth. We’ve been a part of Puerto Rico for five decades and have witnessed Puerto Rico’s capacity to overcome difficult economic periods.”
The proposed transaction remains subject to the approval of the Bankruptcy Court. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
After the transaction closes, Walgreens will re-merchandise and refresh the acquired stores, incorporating new signage and displays as well as high quality, value-priced Walgreens-brand products and services including complete online and digital photo offerings. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of calendar 2010, with the store transitions expected to be completed by this fall.