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PPOk, Ideal Protein partner on weight management program

BY DSN STAFF

The Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma, or PPOk, announced a partnership with Ideal Protein that would offer a weight management program to community pharmacies.

“The program’s clinical results are outstanding, and the business model aligns with the focus of our RxSelect CPESN network, which is to provide profitable, high impact enhanced pharmacy services for patients in the community,” John Crumly, PPOk’s executive director said.

The Ideal Protein Protocol allows pharmacies to augment their income outside of medication sales, and focuses on helping patients achieve health benefits of weight loss, the companies said.

“Our combined efforts will help make Ideal Protein available to more pharmacies, and in turn align with our company mission to help as many people attain healthy and sustainable weight loss, and all of the associated health benefits,” Thomas Barus, pharmacy services at Ideal Protein, said.

The program includes weekly customer appointments and call in coaching sessions to ensure compliance and customer education, the companies said.

“We bring our expertise to their business and assist in all aspects of setting up the service in the pharmacy, and we have enjoyed helping the pharmacy bring tremendous value to their communities by providing free education, tools and support to help their patients get healthier and stay healthy,” Deborah Buchanan, national business advisor at Ideal Protein, said.

In addition, the pharmacies also will stock the necessary products and will be provided proprietary Ideal Protein tools to manage the services, the companies said.

“We all got into pharmacy to make a positive difference in our patients lives. Ideal Protein has given us another vehicle to achieve that goal,” Bill Osborn, NCPA president and PPOk member, said.

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