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URAC extends specialty pharmacy accreditation to CoramRx

BY Allison Cerra

DENVER — CoramRx Specialty Pharmacy Services has received specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the company announced.

CoramRx said URAC’s specialty pharmacy accreditation ensures that organizations meeting the rigors of accreditation uphold the highest standards in the industry and reinforces the best clinical and organizational practices for ensuring appropriate and safe medication use and optimal patient outcomes. CoramRx offers national distribution and local services through specialty pharmacy facilities, more than 85 infusion pharmacies and more than 65 ambulatory infusion suites across the United States.

"The growth of CoramRx’s customer base in the managed care and prescription benefit manager community led to the need to seek a second accreditation for the business," CoramRx director of operations Lori Jordon said. "What makes URAC unique is its focus on and standardization of the quality improvement process and ongoing reporting of performance metrics for organizations seeking accreditation."


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Mission Skincare featured as part of external analgesics offering

BY Michael Johnsen

LEBANON, Pa. — Showing up here on CVS shelves is Mission Maximum Strength Muscle Rub touting its "athlete-engineered, arnica enriched" formulation. NBA all-star Steve Nash and tennis legend Serena Williams are teased out on the packaging as endorsers, but those aren’t the only professional athletes under the Mission umbrella. Alonzo Mourning, Billie Jean King, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade and Mia Hamm are some of the other more recognizable athlete icons touting Mission products.

 

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At-home dining gets saucy

BY Barbara White-Sax

Sales of sauces and marinades has been robust as consumers prepare more meals at home. A recent SymphonyIRI MarketPulse survey found that 63% of consumers eat out less frequently today than they did before the economic downturn began.

While the trend has sparked sales of prepared foods significantly, it also has propelled sales of ready-made sauces and marinades. Mintel projected that the cooking sauce and marinade segment will grow 19% (or 3% to 4% annually) during 2012 to 2015, with sales reaching $4.4 billion in 2015. The market research company expected dry sauces to top $1.2 billion in sales by 2015, with wet sauces reaching just more than $1 billion.

Barbecue sauces account for 18% of the sauce market, according to Mintel, but since Americans are eating less meat, sales growth in this segment is likely to decline in the next few years.

Ethnic sauces represent 19.4% of the category, and the share should increase as consumers look to replicate meals and flavors from Mexican and Asian restaurants in their own kitchens. Mintel predicted ethnic sauces will perform solidly for the next five years, topping $880 million in sales by 2015.

 

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Pantry Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

 

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