SOURCE: Drug Store News

February 14, 2007 00:03 ET

Drug Store News Partners With Convenient Care Association for Inaugural Retail Health Clinic Summit

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 14, 2007 -- Drug Store News, the leading voice of the retail chain drug industry, will host the inaugural Retail Health Clinic Summit on March 19, 2007 in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association (CCA). As the trend of retail health clinics continues to gain momentum, the Summit will gather industry professionals and executives in the market to discuss the continuing evolution of retail health clinics and what it means for Rx and OTC companies, as well as retailers and consumers.

"Everywhere I go these days, I am repeatedly asked about this burgeoning retail-based health clinic industry," said Rob Eder, editor in chief of Drug Store News and Retail Clinician. "Given our access to the key players in this young industry and our broad understanding of the critical issues facing it, Drug Store News and Retail Clinician are in the unique position to present, in partnership with CCA, this extremely timely and relevant program. Eighteen of the most important companies in this rapidly emerging new segment of health care will be presenting on March 19; this is a unique opportunity for suppliers, consultants, brokers, analysts, etc. to understand how they can work closer with these companies to expand health care, improve patient outcomes, and find whole new avenues of profitability."

The Retail Health Clinic Summit commences in Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on March 19 at 8:30 a.m. Drug Store News has partnered with the CCA to produce this event. The CCA, an association of convenient care clinics that provide accessible, affordable, quality health care throughout the United States, will provide a number of speakers from its member organizations to participate in the interactive panel discussions. "The Convenient Care industry has revolutionized the way patients access health care," says Tine Hansen-Turton, Executive Director, CCA. "That kind of impact is energizing, and for the first time the entire industry will discuss the opportunities and responsibilities that retail health clinics offer."

Participating organizations include:

--  AtlanticCare Health Care System
--  Aurora Health Care
--  CareClinic, Inc.
--  CheckUps
--  Early Solutions Clinic
--  Express Clinics
--  Geisinger Health System
--  MedBasics
--  HealthStop
--  Lindora Health Clinic
--  MedBasics
--  Medpoint Express
--  My Healthy Access
--  QuickClinic
--  QuickHealth
--  RediClinic
--  Sutter Express Care
--  Take Care Health Systems
Summit attendees will participate in two interactive convenient care executive panels and have the opportunity to network with colleagues and get the latest news and information on this phenomenon sweeping the retail industry. The summit will focus on gaining insights to help grow business and better serve consumers with this new, affordable retail health clinic format. The inaugural Summit is sponsored by Bayer Health Care, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare.

"This is the single best opportunity for suppliers and retailers to meet nearly all of the executives running the leading retail health clinics. The nurse practitioners who staff the retail health clinics will have great influence over the pharmacy and the OTC products patients buy," noted Drug Store News/Retail Clinician publisher John Kenlon. "Now -- while this new health model is in its infancy -- is a great time to understand the impact they will have."

Drug Store News is a publication of Lebhar-Friedman, Inc., America's leading retail publishing company for over 80 years, serving over a million business managers and professionals across the globe. A publisher of periodicals, websites, directories, and newsletters, Lebhar-Friedman, Inc. is the leader in providing insightful and up-to-date news and analysis on the retail and restaurant industries.

The CCA is an association of convenient care clinics that provide accessible, affordable, quality health care throughout the United States. Convenient care clinics are being launched across the country to help provide care to meet the basic health needs of the public. The CCA is dedicated to ongoing development of uniform protocols, implementing medical record sharing procedures, and offering recommendations, based on established best practices, for patient follow-up care. These health care clinics, based in retail stores and pharmacies, are primarily staffed by advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners (NP) and clinical nurse specialists (CNS). They may also be staffed by physician assistants (PA), and/or physicians (MD or DO). Health care driven by the needs of the patient is at the heart and soul of the Convenient Care movement.

For more information on the Retail Health Clinic Summit, contact Nikki Pirrello at 212-756-5251, or, or visit our web site at

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