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Second time’s a charm: Navarro offers free Diabetes Club program

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI Navarro Discount Pharmacies has launched the second year of its free Diabetes Club for customers and has expanded it to now include information on juvenile diabetes.

“This year, Navarro’s Diabetes Club will focus primarily on education specifically related to nutrition, exercise and prevention for adults and children with diabetes,” stated Albert Garcia, EVP pharmacy. “The goal of the Diabetes Club is to educate parents and children about good eating habits, what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, as well as regular exercise.”

Navarro Diabetes Club includes the following benefits:

  • Free prescription delivery to home or office;
  • Free 60-day supply of Premier Value insulin syringes;
  • Discounts of up to 15% off on all diabetes prescriptions, up to 25% of on diabetes supplies and 10% off on Navarro’s Premier Value products;
  • Free health screenings and glucose testing in partnership with Abbott Diagnostics and Clinical Divisions;
  • Educational programs held at different store locations on such topics as heart disease and diabetes, controlling diabetes by dieting and exercising, the effects of smoking in diabetics and living the best quality of life with diabetes;
  • Training on how to use new and updated glucose monitors;
  • Access to Navarro’s online Web resource center;
  • Invitations to monthly social and educational events; and
  • A quarterly newsletter with additional diabetes information.

In addition, Navarro has partnered with Abbott Diagnostics and Clinical Divisions as the title sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s annual “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes” in Miami on Nov. 6.

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Walgreens continues vitamin D giveaway program with Aetna, United Way

BY Allison Cerra

COLUMBIA , S.C. (May 27) One of the nation’s largest drug store chains has teamed up with a healthcare benefits company and a community solutions provider to raise awareness of the need for adequate vitamin D intake.

Walgreens, Aetna and United Way of the Midlands are continuing their efforts through a vitamin D giveaway program extension, which initially was kicked off earlier this year. The vitamin D awareness efforts will donate more than 25,000 samples, the companies said.

“We are pleased to continue our participation in this program to drive awareness around a health concern that’s seldom discussed in many communities,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens market VP. “Our goal is for more people to be informed that supporting a proper diet and healthy lifestyle with a vitamin D supplement is a simple step that can have long-term health benefits.”

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McKesson’s drug-distribution business aids Q2 growth

BY Allison Cerra

SAN FRANCISCO Healthcare and distribution company McKesson reported Wednesday that the Distribution Solutions segment of its business drove second-quarter growth.

Revenues for McKesson rose nearly 1.5% to $27.5 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with the year-ago period. Similarly, the company’s second-quarter earnings rose from $1.11 per share in second quarter 2009 to $1.25 per share.

For its Distribution Solutions business, McKesson said revenues were up 2% in the second quarter, with gross profit rising to $1.09 billion from $960 million in second quarter 2009. The company attributed the increased gross profit margin to an improved mix of higher-margin products and services, including sales of OneStop Generics.

“I’m pleased with the outstanding performance in our Distribution Solutions and the ability of our team to consistently provide higher-value products and services to our customers,” said John Hammergren, McKesson chairman and CEO. “In particular, the market-leading generics programs that we have across all of our distribution businesses continue to play a significant role in our margin expansion.”

McKesson also saw additional increases across its U.S. pharmaceutical distribution, where revenues were up 1% for the quarter, as well as its medical-surgical distribution revenues, which rose 5%. The company also noted, however, that revenues were down 3% for its Technology Solutions segment.

Hammergren said that the company continues to expect to earn between $4.72 and $4.92 per diluted share for its fiscal guidance.

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