Proposal touts pharmacy savings

The biggest knife for slicing TRICARE costs off future defense budgets is not new and higher enrollment fees or deductibles proposed for retirees and their families who use one of the military’s health insurance options of TRICARE Prime, Standard, Extra or, for the elderly, TRICARE for Life. Those phased increases, as detailed here last week, […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s pharmacy program by the end of the year. Express Scripts is Tricare’s pharmacy contractor responsible for the Tricare retail pharmacy and pharmacy home […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

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Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving the Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s pharmacy program by the end of the year. Express Scripts is Tricare’s pharmacy contractor responsible for the Tricare retail pharmacy and pharmacy […]

Clovis pharmacist named distinguished alumna by UNM

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis pharmacist has been recognized by the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy as a distinguished alumna. Debra Herman, director of pharmacy at La Casa Family Health Center, will be presented with the award during the UNM Pharmacy College’s graduation ceremony May 15. Herman graduated with a doctorate degree from […]

Local pharmacy takes steps to prevent thefts, robberies

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Jared Tucker Pharmacy theft and robberies are on the rise across the country, and federal authorities say all communities should take the threat seriously. Victor Baca, owner of Village Pharmacy in Portales, said he’s aware of the rising threat and is taking measures to ensure if he is ever robbed, his staff know what to […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

April 1, 1955

The Portales Daily Tribune reported that Elbert Munsey was returning to the pharmacy field and joining the B & J Pharmacy staff after a short stint farming. Munsey then became the oldest pharmacist in Portales.

Aug. 24, 2008 Elida School News

Honors Congratulations to Janice Taylor. She has been chosen to participate in the University of New Mexico/New Mexico State Universit Cooperative Pharmacy Program. Only 10 students in the state were selected to complete the pre-pharmacy coursework (64 semester hours over 2-3 years) at NMSU, and then enter the UNM College of Pharmacy

It’s Their Job

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Name: Adrianna Stratton Job: Pharmacy clerk, CJ’s Pillbox Time on job: Two months Background: Adrianna Stratton is currently studying pharmacy under the biology degree at Eastern New Mexico University. The experience began at CJ’s Pillbox. She has wanted to be a pharmacist since high school and is signed up to go to Texas Tech in […]

Pharmacy owners retiring after three decades

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer After serving Portales’ pharmaceutical needs for three decades, CJ’s Pill Box owners Dick and Vivian Haverland are retiring. The longtime Portales residents said they’ll miss playing a big role in helping people get better. “We’re going to miss all the people that we’ve taken care of over the years,” […]

Bacas mark 15 years in pharmacy

By Tony Parra The Bacas are hoping for continued success in their business, Village Pharmacy in Portales as it enters it’s 15th year of operation. Victor Baca, pharmacist and co-owner of Village Pharmacy opened the business in 1991. A family-run business, his wife Linda Baca is in charge of the bookkeeping and the Baca’s son, […]

La Casa offers clarity on Medicare D program

By Tony Parra Cutting through the confusion surrounding the new Medicare D prescription drug program, La Casa de Buena Salud healthcare officials want to offer enrollment help for those who have not signed up. Debra Herman, pharmacist clinician and director of pharmacy services for La Casa de Buena Salud, said since the start of enrollment […]

TRICARE plan to have less paperwork

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every month, about 400,000 users of the military’s retail pharmacy network — those who have other health insurance — have to file paper claims with TRICARE to be reimbursed for co-payments and other costs incurred that their primary insurance won’t cover. The paper hassle is about to end, said Navy […]

Cannon pharmacy keeps meds on the move

Airman 1st Class Charles John, Cannon pharmacy, demonstrates how pharmacists and technicians use recipes to “cook” on the job. Janet Taylor-Birkey On this day, more than 210 prescriptions wait to be filled by the Component Health Care System (CHCS), a computer system for prescriptions at the Cannon pharmacy, and the clinic staff have not seen […]

Students learn while shadowing others

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By Tony Parra Portales Junior High School students were in full force amongst the Portales workforce on Thursday. Eighth-grade students were learning all of the tricks of the trade at various Portales jobs as part of their class. The students were informed on Monday that they would need to job-shadow at a place of employment […]

Family comes first in decision to close pharmacy

By Kevin Wilson LaDawna Brooks loves being a pharmacist, and she loves helping people. She loves her family more, though, and that was a central reason for the recent closing of her business, Marty’s Pharmacy of Portales. Brooks and her employees started on Monday with the transfer of prescriptions to wherever their customers choose. The […]

Pharmacies persuaded to stop cheap prescriptions

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Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com State pharmaceutical officials have persuaded the Portales Medical Center to stop purchasing low-priced prescription drugs from Canadian drug companies via a Texas storefront. The pharmacy officials say drugs from other countries must first be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But the U.S. House of […]

Canadian drugs cheap, sold locally

Tony Parra A local pharmacy is using Canadian guidelines to sell prescription drugs at cheaper rates, an effort aimed at treating low-income patients without medical insurance. The business, Canadian RX Depot Inc., advertises savings of 20 to 90 percent on prescription drugs. The Portales Medical Center has started placing orders through a Canadian RX ordering […]