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Taking a bite out of Rx costs with BigAppleRx card

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A newly launched prescription card offers discounts at more than 2,000 pharmacies in New York.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, city council speaker Christine Quinn and deputy mayor Linda Gibbs announced Wednesday the launch of the BigAppleRx card, available free of charge to anyone regardless of age, income, citizenship or health insurance status, that enables citizens to save an average of 47% on prescription medications in the city. This includes savings of up to $831 per year in savings on generic glucose control drugs for patients with diabetes and $667 per year on asthma drugs.

“All too often, the rising costs of prescription drugs place a burden on New York City households,” Bloomberg said. “And this is particularly true for the more than 1 million New Yorkers who don’t have health insurance. Having access to a free prescription drug card can mean the difference between being able to afford prescriptions and being forced to skip doses.”

Starting Wednesday, anyone interested in obtaining a card and any business interested in distributing them can visit Bigapplerx.com or dial 311.

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Rapaflo reduces CP/CPPS symptoms, improves outcomes among men in mid-stage trial

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A branded drug made by Watson Pharmaceuticals reduced symptoms in men with prostate disease, according to results of a mid-stage clinical trial.

Data from the phase-2 study of the drug Rapaflo (silodosin) presented at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting showed that it reduced symptoms and improved outcomes in men with chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome, also known as CP/CPPS.

CP/CPPS is a common condition that causes persistent discomfort in the lower pelvic area, frequent and painful urination and difficult or painful ejaculation. The cause of the condition is unknown, but is not related to bacterial infection. As many as 10% of men in North America have had or will have experienced prostatitis symptoms, and 90% of those have CP/CPPS.

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Kerr Drug to implement Sharps Compliance’s TakeAway Environmental Return System

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug said that it will offer customers a solution to properly dispose of their unused or expired medications.

The pharmacy chain said that Sharps Compliance’s TakeAway Environmental Return System envelopes will be available in all stores May 23. The envelopes sell for $3.99.

“Kerr Drug is making it easy for our customers to dispose of unwanted medicines, which prevents the possible misuse of these medications, as well as the contamination of North Carolina’s lakes and rivers, many of which are community water supplies,” Kerr Drug president and CEO Tony Civello said. “Kerr Drug is a community pharmacy, and that means finding the best way to serve the people in your community. We believe the TakeAway Environmental Return System provides a great service.”

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