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Implementation of a comprehensive pretravel health program in a supermarket chain pharmacy
Sharon B.S. Gatewood, PharmD; Dennis D. Stanley, BPharm; Jean-Venable “Kelly” R Goode, PharmD, BCPS, PharmD, FAPhA, FCCP
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2009;49:660-669. doi:10.1331/JAPhA.2009.08092

Abstract

Objective  To describe the procedures for implementing a comprehensive pretravel health program in a supermarket chain pharmacy.

Setting  Central Virginia (Richmond, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, and Roanoke) between 2000 and 2008.

Practice description  Ukrop's is a local supermarket chain with 29 stores, 20 of which have pharmacies. Ukrop's Pharmacy offers enhanced patient care services, including medication therapy management, wellness services, diabetes education and management, smoking cessation, and immunizations.

Practice innovation  Comprehensive pretravel health program.

Main outcome measures  Number of patients participating in the pretravel health program and number of vaccinations administered by pharmacists.

Results  An average of 1,000 patients per year participate in the pretravel health program, and approximately 1,900 vaccines are administered each year.

Conclusion  A comprehensive pretravel program is a successful service in a supermarket chain pharmacy. It provides another option for travelers seeking pretravel health care.

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