Walgreens open on Thanksgiving with special deals for smartphone users
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced that all stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in addition to its more than 1,600 24-hour locations, including pharmacies.
In addition to featuring a number of front-end promotions in store, Walgreens has teamed with Redbox to give away 1 million free movie rentals. On Thanksgiving, the first 130 customers to make a purchase at each Walgreens location will get a free one-day Redbox DVD rental valid thru Dec. 24.
And for smartphone customers, Walgreens is adding scannable coupons to its mobile applications, offering exclusive discounts beginning Black Friday.
Electronic health records offer new ways to monitor medication nonadherence
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — Catalina Health’s latest program and two previous studies illustrate the ways in which electronic health records and e-prescribing open the door for new ways to monitor medication nonadherence and, along with them, new ways to combat it.
(THE NEWS: Catalina Health addresses medication nonadherence with Health Consumer Journey. For the full story, click here.)
The Catalina program is an example of the kinds of technology-based, personalized approaches designed to get to the bottom of why patients don’t adhere to their medications.
It’s easy to point to medication non-adherence’s high cost – $290 billion per year to the U.S. economy, according to most sources – but harder to tackle the problem when it happens for a wide and complex variety of reasons.
An October study by Kaiser Permanente used electronic health records to monitor primary non-adherence, a seldom-explored facet of non-adherence in which patients receive new prescriptions on paper or electronically, but never drop the prescriptions off or pick up their drugs. Another October study, sponsored by CVS Caremark and also conducted by researchers at Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, used electronic prescribing data and found that 24% of patients given new medications by their doctors don’t fill them.
More people with diabetes means more disease management ops at pharmacy
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — If there are 366 million diabetics worldwide, that means that the U.S. piece of that sugar-free pie is 7.1%. And if the U.S. diabetes population grows by more than 50.8% over the next two decades, as the International Diabetes Foundation attests, that’ll mean there will be 38.6 million diabetics in this country by 2030. That’s a lot of diabetes education that needs to happen between now and then, and what better place to have that happen than at the neighborhood drug store?
(THE NEWS: IDF: 1-in-10 adults will have diabetes by 2030. For the full story, click here.)
Looping pharmacists into the diabetes disease management equation only makes sense — that diabetes patient is already visiting his or her local drug store for supplies and prescription medicines. According to a recent survey from the National Community Pharmacy Association, 81% of pharmacies reported that their average Medicare diabetes patient visits his or her independent community pharmacy two or more times per month for counseling and/or diabetes testing supplies. And the overwhelming majority (81%) of independent community pharmacies regularly deliver diabetes testing supplies to patients with 28% making 30 or more deliveries per month.
The growing diabetes epidemic means more opportunities for pharmacies to help patients live healthier lives by way of education, medication-therapy management and wellness programs. And these are opportunities many retail pharmacy operations are already seizing. Just in the past two weeks, Rite Aid was noted for its participation in community-based programs to combat Type 2 diabetes in the Washington, D.C. area along with UnitedHealth Group and the YMCA; CVS Caremark expanded its Pharmacy Advisor program to incorporate cardiovascular care in part because the success of the program in helping to manage diabetes lives; Rite Aid announced that a new diabetic-targeted, health-and-wellness-linked loyalty card Wellness+ to help people with diabetes manage their condition; and Meijer launched a chainwide effort to position its pharmacy staff as diabetes specialists.