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 […]

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 […]