American Pharmacists Month: CVS Health celebrates its 30,000 pharmacists this October

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of October’s American Pharmacists Month, CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) is celebrating the important role its nearly 30,000 pharmacists play in helping people on their path to better health. The company’s pharmacists are helping to change the way health care is delivered by increasing access, lowering costs and improving care quality in the company’s retail, mail service and specialty pharmacies across the country.

“Whether providing face-to-face consultations at the pharmacy counter or helping patients with complex conditions manage their specialty medications by phone, our pharmacists are truly the front line of health care,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. “Our pharmacists are not only trusted resources for patients, but are also key players in the evolution of CVS Health, delivering innovative products and services and enabling our patients and clients to manage health in more effective and affordable ways.”

Beyond simply filling prescriptions, CVS Health pharmacists are helping the company’s patients manage their health care through a number of programs and services.

  • As medication experts within the broader health care team, CVS Health pharmacists are helping identify potential barriers to medication adherence and offering solutions to help encourage patients to stay adherent. Pharmacists also educate patients about potential side effects and drug interactions and help identify potential gaps in care for those with complex medical conditions.
  • CVS Pharmacy and CVS Specialty pharmacists are working together to provide patients choice and flexibility in how they access their specialty medications and receive expert clinical support through the Specialty Connect program. The partnership gives patients the option to bring their specialty prescriptions to any CVS Pharmacy, while still receiving insurance guidance and dedicated clinical support by phone from a team of specialty pharmacy experts at CVS Specialty.
  • Pharmacists are providing convenient and accessible access to flu shots and other vaccinations at every CVS Pharmacy location nationwide seven days a week with no appointment needed, including evenings and weekends.
  • CVS pharmacists are helping patients understand their prescription insurance coverage options under Medicare Part D and the Affordable Care Act during open enrollment, which begins on October 15 and November 1, respectively.
  • CVS pharmacists are working to reduce prescription drug abuse through the company’s Pharmacists Teach program. This community outreach program connects pharmacists with high school health classes to share vital information about the dangers of improper drug use. CVS pharmacists have already delivered this program to more than 100,000 students across the country.

In 2016, CVS Health welcomed nearly 6,000 pharmacists from Target to the company. Noted Merlo, “These new colleagues bring a wealth of health care knowledge and expertise to our team and are spearheading our efforts to introduce Target guests to our suite of pharmacy care services and innovative digital pharmacy tools.”

In addition, CVS Health will celebrate National Pharmacy Technician Day on October 18 to recognize the company’s more than 50,000 pharmacy technicians for the valued support they provide to CVS pharmacists and pharmacy teams across the organization.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Winners of Rite Aid’s 2015 Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest announced

  • Michigan Pharmacy Technician and Maryland Customer Each Win $2,500 Rite Aid Gift Card in Customer Service Contest

CAMP HILL, Pa. , 2016-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is proud to announce the two winners of the 2015 Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest. Sharon Balser, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Milford, Mich., and Theresa Forrest, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Gwynn Oak, Md., were both selected at random from more than 11,000 unique entries. The contest was designed to recognize Rite Aid pharmacy associates for their commitment to providing excellent customer service.

To enter, customers submitted mail-in nominations and online ballots during American Pharmacists Month in October. The names of one customer and one pharmacy team member were each randomly drawn to receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. All nominated Rite Aid pharmacy team members will be recognized with a Favorite Pharmacy Team Member lapel pin and a letter of commendation from CEO of Rite Aid Stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation Ken Martindale and Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad.

“We are excited to celebrate the Rite Aid pharmacy teams who are continuing to provide caring moments of service to loyal customers across the country,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With more than 11,000 entries, it’s phenomenal to see the appreciation our customers have for their local pharmacy associates, and I’d like to thank each nominated team member for championing Rite Aid’s promise to deliver outstanding customer service – With us, it’s personal.”

Sharon Balser, Rite Aid’s winning Pharmacy Team Member, has been a pharmacy technician for nearly 30 years at the store in Milford, Mich. and was nominated six times this year. Balser is known for her kindness and her ability to consistently help customers while making them feel appreciated.

“With more than 30 years at Rite Aid, Sharon is the perfect example of what it means to provide excellent service with a personal touch,” said Rony Foumia, Rite Aid pharmacy district manager. “I’m thrilled that her hard work and dedication are being recognized as she is truly an exceptional pharmacy technician.”

Rite Aid’s winning customer is Theresa Forrest of Gwynn Oak, Md. She participated in the program by nominating a pharmacy technician at her local store in Baltimore.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum, 717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid

American Pharmacists Month: Walgreens acknowledges its more than 27,000 community pharmacists

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-10-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In support and recognition of American Pharmacists Month, Walgreens is acknowledging its more than 27,000 community pharmacists for the important role they play as the most accessible health care providers in the community, supporting preventive and chronic care for the more than 8 million customers who interact with Walgreens every day.

Across more than 8,200 locations, Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacists are deepening relationships with patients, working more closely than ever with local providers and health systems and providing a wide range of services to help improve the health of the communities they serve nationwide. From preventive services to specialized counseling and support for those managing complex conditions, Walgreens pharmacists serve as patient advocates furthering Walgreens purpose to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy.

“As the most accessible, and among the most trusted, health care providers in thousands of communities across America, our pharmacists help patients achieve healthier lives by delivering personalized care and serving as an integral part of their care teams,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “This month is an opportunity to recognize and thank our community pharmacists for the tremendous impact they make in the lives of millions of people each day.”

During fiscal year 2014, the company’s pharmacists filled more than 850 million prescriptions, administered more than 9.6 million immunizations and helped patients managing complex conditions secure nearly $100 million in financial assistance to access life-saving therapies.

National Pharmacy Technician Day
October is also a time to thank and recognize pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns for the value they bring to communities and to the profession on National Pharmacy Technician Day, Oct. 20.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,240 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

To contact Walgreens media relations, please email media@walgreens.com or call 847-315-2921.

SOURCE: Walgreens

Rite Aid kicks off American Pharmacists Month with Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest with new video voting feature

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ —  To kick off American Pharmacists Month, Rite Aid is bringing back its nationwide Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contestwith a new video voting feature. Through the contest, Rite Aid customers have a chance to win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards by nominating a favorite member of their Rite Aid pharmacy team. The contest, now in its eleventh year, was designed to recognize Rite Aid pharmacy associates including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy cashiers and Wellness Ambassadors, for their commitment to providing excellent customer service.

“American Pharmacist Month is the perfect time to honor the Rite Aid pharmacy teams for their year-round commitment to providing excellent patient care,” said Dan Miller, Rite Aid senior vice president of pharmacy operations. “Every day, they are making a difference in the lives of their customers and the communities we serve. This program is just one small way we can thank them for their hard work and dedication towards improving the health and wellbeing of our customers.”

From now through Oct. 31, in addition to uploading a video nomination at www.riteaid.com/vote, customers can vote for their favorite pharmacy team member by completing a mail-in nomination form available at any Rite Aid pharmacy or online at www.riteaid.com/vote. Customers who vote will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. One nominated pharmacy team member also will win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards through a random drawing. For complete details and official rules, go to any Rite Aid store or visit www.riteaid.com/vote.

All “favorite” Rite Aid pharmacy team members will be recognized by Rite Aid with a Favorite Pharmacy Team Member lapel pin and a letter of commendation from Rite Aid’s Chairman and CEO John Standley.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713