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Temporary Pharmacy In D.C. Draws Attention To Cluttered Drug Market

The "help shop" is the brainchild of founders of a company that seeks to make over-the-counter drugs less complicated. In other news about the health care industry, the Minneapolis Star Tribune examines the growing number of primary health clinics.

The New York Times: Attacking Ailments With Small Doses
Disappointed voters, runners with blisters and headache sufferers alike are getting some unexpected relief from a pop-up pharmacy that opened this week in the nation's capital. The "help shop," which offers low-dose drugs for everyday woes, is the idea of Help Remedies, a start-up company that sells minimalist white packets directed at single medical issues like nausea, headache or insomnia (Olson, 11/8).

Minnesota Star Tribune: Clinics Are Going Where The Patients Are
The expanded role of primary health care clinics in the age of the Affordable Care Act is driving a healthy uptick in medical real estate as providers seek to fill gaps in the Twin Cities' medical map. A push by providers to connect with patients in a "neighborhood retail" way is being driven both by competitive necessities and reforms under the Affordable Care Act that aim to reward primary care providers for keeping overall health care costs down…. But the key for providers under the new primary care emphasis is "access," meaning more neighborhood/retail-style locations and higher public visibility, all aimed at creating long-term patient relationships (Jacobson, 11/8).

Meanwhile, for doctors, or at least people wanting to be doctors, it may be important to protect your social networking.

Kaiser Health News: Status Update: Medical Schools May Check Applicants On Facebook
While applying to medical school as a college student, Drew Lee did what many of his fellow “premeds” were doing at the time – he gave himself an anonymous name on his Facebook account. ... a new study by researchers at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, suggests his concerns were well-founded (Tran, 11/8).

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