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    Price Chopper Introduces Specialty Pharmacy Program

    Initiative is a partnership with Aureus Health Services

    Price Chopper Supermarkets has launched a specialty pharmacy program to provide more convenient, personalized solutions for patients with chronic and complex health conditions. The initiative is part of a partnership with Aureus Health Services, a Pittsburgh-based specialty pharmacy and health management company.

    Price Chopper VP of Pharmacy Kathy Bryant noted, "Our patients will reap the benefits of having all of their medication needs managed locally by their neighborhood pharmacist, with whom they have a strong and trusting relationship."

    The program will give patients access to specialty medications, which can be difficult to administer, are costly, require strict adherence to a treatment plan, and often require special storage or handling, at their local community pharmacies. Among the chronic health conditions typically treated with specialty medications are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, hepatitis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease.

    Additional services include providing educational resources, developing individualized clinical care plans, coordinating insurance benefits, finding financial assistance to help patients pay for their medications, and ensuring continuous patient care throughout the course of treatment.

    "Price Chopper's position in the market and local access [are] perfectly suited for a hands-on approach to specialty pharmacy," said Aureus CEO Michael Nameth.

    As well as the specialty pharmacy program, Price Chopper pharmacies offer Diabetes AdvantEdge, immunizations, therapy management, and medication discounts through the RxAdvantEdge Plan.

    Based in Schenectady, N.Y., the Golub Corp. owns and operates 134 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Golub's 22,000 associates collectively own more than 47 percent of the company's privately held stock, making it one of the nation's largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned.

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