Benzer Pharmacy Joins MinibarRx® on Mission to Improve Adult Vaccination Rates

Benzer Pharmacy | July 16, 2019

Talk about the importance of being vaccinated is pretty common, but unfortunately, words don’t always translate into action for countless adults. To help compensate for the shortfall, Benzer Pharmacy is introducing MinibarRx® multi-vaccine, SMART refrigeration systems in select locations throughout its organization. Describing the reasoning behind the rollout, Tonya Shackelford, VP of Clinical Services, explained that MinibarRx offers patients safe, convenient, and easily affordable access to a variety of essential vaccines in just one-stop at participating Benzer locations. “When patients learn they need a vaccine, like Hepatitis A, for example, they don’t want to wait several days for it to be ordered; then, have to make a second trip for administration,” Shackelford said. “Having a perpetual inventory in stock can be instrumental to preventing potentially life-threatening diseases.” According to a statement on the company’s website, MinibarRx represents the product of over 30 years of specialty drug distribution and over 40 years of smart refrigeration technology experience, providing pharmacists with a profoundly unique and functional cold supply chain, inventory management solution for vaccines and biologics.

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