United States faces hike in demand for pharmacy technicians
NEW YORK Pharmacies across the country will employ nearly 400,000 pharmacy technicians by 2016, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The BLS’s numbers, which came from the 2008-2009 edition of its Occupational Outlook Handbook and measured from 2006, indicate that the need will increase by 32% in the 10-year period between then and 2016.
About 71% of pharmacy technician jobs in 2006 were in retail pharmacies, supermarkets, department stores and mass merchandisers.
Meanwhile, 18% were in hospitals and mail-order and Internet pharmacies, doctor?s offices, pharmaceutical wholesalers and the federal government.
According to the Miami Herald, Florida will need about 1,500 pharmacy technicians every year through 2015. The state will begin requiring them to have licenses starting in 2011.
CVS Caremark expands H1N1 vaccinations to more locations
WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark is now providing H1N1 flu vaccinations at select CVS/pharmacy locations in Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York, as well at MinuteClinic locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The eight states are among many that have lifted priority group restrictions, allowing all patients to be eligible to receive the shot while supplies last.
“Our customers depend on CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic for their health care needs, so we are pleased to be able to expand H1N1 vaccine availability to these additional states,” stated Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. “H1N1 flu is currently active in many communities across the country and it is likely that we will see increased flu activity, as is typically the case, in January and February.”
CVS Caremark continues to expand the availability of H1N1 vaccine in its stores and retail health clinics across the country and the vaccine now is available in 28 states and Washington, DC at either CVS/pharmacy or at MinuteClinic.
H1N1 vaccine is being offered at:
- Select CVS/pharmacy locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii (Longs Drugs stores), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
- MinuteClinic locations in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The cost of the H1N1 flu vaccination shot at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic is a $15 administration fee, which may be covered by insurance.
Giant Food launches free antibiotic prescription program
LANDOVER, Md. Giant Food is launching a free antibiotic prescription program that will run from Jan. 2 to March 21 in all Giant pharmacies.
The program covers 36 generic antibiotics in nine basic categories. The retailer is supporting the program with television ads, physician outreach, in-store communication and an expanded Web presence.
“Free antibiotics is the latest good news our pharmacies are offering the public,” stated Andrea Astrachan, consumer advisor for Giant Food. “We also offer up to a 90-day supply on over 350 commonly prescribed generic drugs for only $9.99.”
The company operates 182 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Within its 182 stores, 163 have full service pharmacies.