Bartell Drugs pharmacists now offer treatments for minor medical care needs

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is now offering treatments for a variety of minor medical care needs through their network of certified pharmacists.

The twelve stores offering these services include: 5th & Olive, Issaquah, North Bend, Factoria, Broadway and Pike, Silver Lake, Redondo, Magnolia, Burien, Lower Queen Anne, Riverton Heights, and Lake Serene.

The types of care varies with patient needs, but examples include treatments for ailments such as insect stings, urinary tract infections, seasonal allergies, burns, human and animal bites, yeast infections, shingles and more.

Fees for the service are extremely affordable, usually ranging between $15 and $25.

“We’re pleased to offer this convenient service to our patients,” remarked Christina Ree, Bartell’s clinical programs manager. “It’s important that we utilize our highly skilled pharmacists to their maximum potential in today’s evolving healthcare environment. This service allows physicians more time to spend on complex cases and provides a more affordable option in which to spend healthcare dollars.”

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About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 127-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 or ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

SOURCE: Bartell Drugs

Bartell Drugs introduces new Specialty Pharmacy service

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs, America’s oldest family owned pharmacy, has launched a new Specialty Pharmacy service that personalizes healthcare for those experiencing conditions requiring specialized medications.

“Being diagnosed and entering treatment can be overwhelming,” states Bartell’s Clinical Programs Manager, Christina Ree. “Our Specialty Pharmacy program helps take the fear out of the process and replaces it with confidence.”

Some of the difficult to treat conditions may include cancer, hepatitis B and C, HIV, rheumatoid arthritis and a host of other medical conditions requiring very specialized medications and therapy regimens.

Specialty Pharmacy dispenses medications used to treat challenging and complex medical conditions. But it also helps patients see the benefits of their prescriptions.

“Specialty care is more than just dispensing medications,” says Ree. “Through this program, we help engage with patients to address all the issues relevant to their condition and take care of everything behind the scene so they can start and stay on therapy.”

Ree notes that this is really more of a partnership with patients, going the extra mile to help educate patients about potential drug interactions, side effects, scheduling prescription renewals, helping to connect them with payment assistance options, and other aspects of care.

Patient contact is made via in-person check-ins,  in addition to wellness calls by trained professionals who monitor patient progress and answer questions in the convenience of their home.

Bartell’s Specialty Pharmacy programs are available at all Bartell locations. Patients can check with their Bartell pharmacist to learn more about the program.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 126-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Bartell Drugs offers convenient and affordable flu vaccination

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holiday season brings together family and friends, but it also increases the chances of contracting the flu.

Bartell Drugs is here as your convenient and affordable place to get that flu vaccination for you and your entire family.

Flu season is starting to take hold across the country, and U.S. health officials are urging everyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot yet to get one now.

According to epidemiologists with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, national flu levels are currently low and scattered, yet evidence points to an increase in outbreaks, including here in the Pacific Northwest.

Most of the virus out there is influenza H3N2 with H1N1 still circulating. H3N2 is a strain that is part of this year’s flu vaccine, according to the CDC. The vaccine supply is good this year, with more than 131 million doses available.

The range of hospitalization is still low, but as with most H3N2 seasons, the highest rate right now is in the elderly.

The overall rate of hospitalizations for flu is about 2 out of every 100,000 cases. In the elderly, it’s 7 per every 100,000.

Flu activity will increase, says Christina Ree, Bartell’s Clinical Programs Manager. “We don’t know how severe the season is going to be, so it’s important to get vaccinated before flu activity picks up. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself,” she said.

In a typical flu season, flu complications—including pneumonia —send more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital. Death rates linked to flu vary annually, but have gone as high as 49,000 in a year, according to the CDC.

Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and March but can last as late as May.

How effective a vaccine is depends on how good a match it is to the strains of flu virus circulating that year. Most years, the vaccine is between 40 percent and 60 percent effective, according to the CDC.

Getting your flu shot soon is important because it can take several weeks to produce enough antibodies to give you maximum protection, officials noted.

More information

For more on flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/complications.htm

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 126-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs