PHARMACY

Meijer gets ACHC Specialty at Retail accreditation

BY David Salazar
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer on Thursday announced that it had received Specialty Pharmacy at Retail accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Specialty Healthcare (ACHC). The announcement comes less than a year after Meijer acquired specialty pharmacy and health care company Aureus Health Services. 
 
“ACHC is honored to grant the Meijer retail pharmacy group accreditation for specialty pharmacy distribution at the retail level,” ACHC director of DME, pharmacy and sleep Tim Saffley said. “Their recognition and hard work in understanding the value the pharmacist provides with face-to-face interaction for the management of specialty medications sets the standard in the specialty market. We look forward to working with Meijer to promote better patient education and adherence.”
 
Currently, all of Meijer’s 228 supercenters in the Midwest have a pharmacy, and the pharmacy services now include total patient management and coordination of care with the health care system — efforts aimed at improving adherence and outcomes among patients. In addition to expanded clinical services, Meijer’s pharmacies offer a free medication program that includes antibiotics, vitamins and medications for such conditions as Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Since it began in 2006, the free prescription program has filled more than 33 million prescriptions. 
 
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