Sunday, May 25, 2008

Smaller pharmacies more nimble in AIDS prescription market

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
As a growing number of complicated and expensive medications reach patients, they typically make the journey through mail order or a physician's office rather than the local drugstore. Care for one complex illness, however, appears to be resisting this trend.

Small, niche pharmacies providing medications, advice and resources to HIV-positive and AIDS patients combine the knowledge of a specialty mail order pharmacy with the personal attention and convenience of a neighborhood drugstore.

"It's a way to take care of patients in a slightly different environment that's giving more focused care," said Glen Pietradoni, manager of HIV, AIDS and hepatitis programs for Walgreen Co. "The stores are smaller. The staff is more highly educated on the disease." ...more

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