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More regional drug chains join RxAlly network
May 8th, 2012
New RxAlly member Fruth Pharmacy has 25 drug stores in West Virginia and Ohio.
LEESBURG, Va. – Ten regional drug store chains and nine independent pharmacy organizations have joined RxAlly, a national alliance of over 20,000 pharmacies formed earlier this year to stake a bigger claim for community pharmacy in the nation's health care delivery system.
Launched in February, RxAlly aims to improve patient health and pare medical costs for consumers, employers and payers through more personalized care by pharmacists and expanded pharmacy health services.
RxAlly said Tuesday that the new chain and organization members together represent more than 2,000 pharmacies, with a footprint stretching from the Northeast through Appalachia and the Midwest out to the western United States. Now the pharmacy alliance's membership encompasses over 22,000 pharmacies.
The new regional chain members are Doc's Drugs (Illinois), Drug Emporium (West Virginia), Fruth Pharmacy (West Virginia), Hi-School Pharmacy (Washington state), Hometown Pharmacy (Wisconsin), Lifechek Drug (Texas), Osborn Drugs (Oklahoma), Reasor's Pharmacy (Oklahoma), Sav-Mor Drug Stores (Michigan) and U-Save-It Pharmacy (Georgia).
RxAlly's new pharmacy organization members are the Association of Northwest Pharmacies (Washington state), CBI Pharmacy Network (Oklahoma), Keystone Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance (Pennsylvania), Northeast Pharmacy Service Corporation (Massachusetts), Partners in Pharmacy Cooperative (Wisconsin), Pharmacy Franchisees and Owners Association (Missouri), Rochester Drug Cooperative (New York), RxPlus Pharmacies (Colorado) and Value Drug Company (Pennsylvania).
"The addition of these esteemed independent pharmacy organizations and regional chains to our network makes us that much stronger as a national alliance," Rx Ally chief executive officer Bruce Roberts said in a statement. "The continued expansion of our network is testament to the importance of advancing the role of local pharmacists and improving our health care system."
Along with thousands of independent pharmacies, initial drug chain members of RxAlly include Walgreens and Chain Drug Consortium members Bartell Drugs, Discount Drug Mart, Kerr Drug, Kinney Drugs, Lewis Drug, Navarro Discount Pharmacy, Thrifty White Pharmacy and USA Drug.
The alliance's core offering, the RxAlly Performance Network, is designed to enhance pharmacist care by combining clinical research, evidence-based clinical services and an interoperable technology platform. For patients, pharmacists in the network will take a greater role in coaching and customizing care plans, including coordination of refills, reconciliation of medications (including prescription and over-the-counter), immunizations, blood pressure and other health tests, medication adherence, prevention and wellness education, and chronic disease management.
Meanwhile, RxAlly will offer payers innovative options for designing, managing and measuring the clinical services that support their prescription health benefits, enabling them to realize improved cost control and health outcomes for member patients.
In addition, RxAlly seeks more effective health care spending — especially reducing the $290 billion in unnecessary medical costs each year from medication nonadherence or misuse.
Other initial members of the alliance include the Academy of Independent Pharmacy of Georgia, American Associated Pharmacies, American Pharmacies, American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc., Carolina Allied Pharmaceutical Services, EPIC Pharmacies, Independent Pharmacy Cooperative, PBA Health and Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma.
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