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Sen. Hagan, Rep. Roskam go on ‘congressional record’ about pharmacy’s role in health care

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. In line with the second annual RxImpact Day, hosted by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, two congressional leaders commented on pharmacy’s commitment to patient health in the Congressional Record, which officially documents each day’s action in Congress.

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., discussed pharmacy’s ability to improve medication adherence and provide a “vital service as part of the healthcare-delivery system.”

 “As the face of neighborhood health care, pharmacies across the nation offer…cost-saving programs and services to help patients take medicines they need to achieve positive results from appropriate use of their medications,” Hagan wrote.

Added Roskam, “Recognizing the 2010 RxImpact Day held by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, I am delighted to recognize the chain drug stores nationwide that have a significant presence in my district.”

More than 250 pharmacy advocates from 35 states participated in the grassroots pharmacy advocacy event, held March 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C.

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Students celebrate Rx Day

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —Students from the schools of pharmacy at the University of Washington, in Seattle, and Washington State University, in Pullman, Wash., converged on the Washington state capitol in Olympia to mark the annual Pharmacy Day on Feb. 9. Students and pharmacists met with state legislators and offered them and their staff free health screenings.

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Health Mart hits critical mass

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SAN FRANCISCO —Chances are good that there’s a Health Mart in your community. Some four years after its reinvention as a cutting-edge, market-savvy pharmacy franchiser by owner McKesson, the hard-driving independent drug store network now operates in all 50 states and comprises one of the largest and fastest-growing pharmacy brands in America. With guidance from McKesson VP and Health Mart president Tim Canning, and a team of experienced marketing and merchandising hands, Health Mart has come a long way from its days as a dormant, 300-store remnant of the old FoxMeyer wholesale drug network purchased by McKesson in the early 1990s.

In January, Health Mart surged past another milestone when Trudell Health Mart Pharmacy in Dearborn, Mich., became the 2,500th independent pharmacy to join the franchise. That marks an 850% jump in store count over the past four years, according to McKesson.

“We joined Health Mart to take advantage of the innovative marketing, operational and patient care programs available. Then we found out we were the 2,500th pharmacy to go blue and green, which is exciting because we just celebrated 80 years of serving the community,” said Trudell owner Tom Fakih.

Among the reasons Trudell joined the franchise, Fakih said, were “new services and programs that help us better care for, educate and inform our patients,” including Health Mart’s recent “Health Across America” campaign to test people for diabetes risk.

To maintain its growth momentum, Health Mart has begun leveraging its national scale and reach. Early this year, the chain launched a national TV ad campaign tied to such major events as the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympic Games and the Academy Awards.

“Being ranked highest in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, coupled with our growth to 2,500 pharmacies, is a further demonstration of Health Mart’s commitment to the local Health Mart pharmacists,” Canning said.

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