HEALTH

Second D.C.-area MinuteClinic opens

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON MinuteClinic celebrated the opening of its second clinic location inside a CVS/pharmacy store in the District of Columbia with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new MinuteClinic, located inside the CVS/pharmacy at 320 40th Street NE in the Benning neighborhood, serves residents in Ward 7 and is within walking distance of Metro stations on the orange and blue lines, as well as Metrobus service. It joins the first MinuteClinic to open in the district at 845 Bladensburg Rd. NE in Ward 5 in the Carver Langston neighborhood.

David Catania, District of Columbia council member at-large and chair of the Council’s Committee on Health, and Yvette Alexander, council member for Ward 7, joined executives from CVS Caremark and MinuteClinic for the ceremony.

“As chair of the District of Columbia City Council’s Committee on Health, I have made it a top priority to expand access to quality health care for all district residents,” Catania stated. “That is why I am so pleased to partner with CVS for the opening of the first MinuteClinic east of the Anacostia River. By offering convenient and affordable routine medical services, the clinic will go a long way to helping the residents of this community obtain the health care they need.”

MinuteClinic stressed its commitment to helping the “district broaden access to healthcare services,” and plans to announce additional openings in the coming year.

MinuteClinic locations also can be found inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and in cities throughout Northern Virginia.

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Seniors likely won’t sway from benefit plan

BY Alaric DeArment

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT A plan by health insurer Humana and Walmart to offer a cheap prescription drug plan to seniors who shop at the mass merchandiser may be a little off the mark, if results of the survey of Medicare beneficiaries is to be believed.

(THE NEWS: Many seniors are satisfied with Medicare Rx benefit, survey shows. For the full story, click here)

The survey indicated that an overwhelming majority of beneficiaries are satisfied with their coverage and found prices affordable.

Price isn’t the only thing that customers take into consideration, even when economic times are difficult. According to a customer service satisfaction survey by J.D. Powers and Associates, consumers gave significantly higher marks to independent pharmacies than they did to chains — particularly in areas such as the shopping experience and staff — while Walmart actually got a score below the average for mass merchandisers.

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Ryan McLaughlin joins Perrigo

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo on Friday welcomed Ryan McLaughlin as an associate category manager on the company’s nutrition business team. McLaughlin will work closely with the company’s customer business managers and the Perrigo South Carolina nutrition team to connect with store-brand-vitamin consumers, support customers and drive Perrigo’s nutrition business, the company stated.

 

McLaughlin joined Perrigo in December 2007 as a supervisor of the supply planning process, supporting both over-the-counter and nutrition products.

 

 

McLaughlin graduated from the University of Illinois, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. McLaughlin currently lives in Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

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