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UM BWMC partners with Walgreens on bedside delivery prescription service

BY Michael Johnsen

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center recently partnered with Walgreens to offer a free bedside delivery program for patients to receive prescriptions before being discharged.  

If a patient would like to take advantage of beside delivery, the bedside nurse and/or any member of the care team sends a referral to a pharmacy technician who will go to the bedside and discuss the option with the patient. They will then start the process of delivering their prescription order when they are ready for discharge. 

This is the first of its kind partnership in Anne Arundel County with Walgreens, the healthcare provider announced.

“Providing necessary medications to patients before the patients leave the medical center is one less thing they have to worry about when they are discharged," noted Steve Bouyakkas, Walgreens district pharmacy supervisor. 

UM BWMC hopes this program will save discharged patients a trip to the pharmacy and ensure they have their prescribed medications. 


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Shopko supports breast cancer research in new merchandising campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko will use proceeds from sales of some women’s clothing to support breast cancer research, the mass merchandiser said.

As part of the "Support the Cure" program, purchases of select women’s activewear and accessories from West Coast Novelty Group will help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Shopko is partnering with both for the fundraising effort.

Prices for the merchandise range from $3.99 to $24.99, and West Coast Novelty Group will donate $100,000 to the foundation. Items include socks, hats, T-shirts, bags, drinkware, hoods and fleece tops.

 

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Avella to provide services to Medicaid patients through partnership with Care1st

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX — A managed Medicaid health plan has selected Avella Specialty Pharmacy as its preferred specialty pharmacy partner, Avella said Wednesday.

Avella announced that under the agreement, with Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Avella would deliver specialty services to members, dispensing specialty drugs and providing patient consultation and adherence monitoring. Care1st contracts with MedImpact Healthcare Systems for pharmacy benefit management services.

"We are pleased to partner with Care1st to provide specialty pharmacy services to its members," Avella VP managed markets Kevin James said. "Avella’s mission is to optimize patient health, and through this collaboration with Care1st and MedImpact, we will be able to provide a unique level of service to these patients."

 

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