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Ritzman broadens scope of 'Ritzman Revives' program


MEDINA, Ohio —  As an answer to a dated, commoditized pharmacy experience, Ritzman Pharmacy is launching new products and services to better align with the actual role pharmacists play in the lives and wellness of patients with a series of comprehensive wellness assessments, the Ohio retailer announced Friday.

“Fifty years ago, the primary role of pharmacists was solely to dispense prescriptions. They were not permitted to discuss medications with patients and had to refer them back to their physicians when questions arose,” noted John Dimmick, Ritzman Pharmacist, noting that's no longer the case. “Our healthcare landscape and patients’ needs are changing, and pharmacists are no longer simply dispensing medication. Our pharmacists are also providing important wellness and healthcare services through innovative programs and services across our practice settings. Our purpose is to help people get, stay and live well [and] to transform them and the role community pharmacy plays in healthcare.”

Building on the already launched Ritzman Revives program, select Ritzman Pharmacy locations will offer comprehensive wellness assessments. The program will support customers in answering wellness questions, such as how can they get more energy or how can they lose weight.

Customers can come in anytime or schedule their free wellness assessment online. During that time, they will talk to a Ritzman pharmacist and review their current health and wellness habit as well as their markers of wellness, which will include: hydration, energy, blood pressure, heart rate, weight and blood glucose. Other wellness services include: The RefreshinQ Quotient System, Technology Bar Trainings, point of care testing and an employee wellness program.

The Ritzman Revives program begins with a series of workshops called "Dieting is dead: A better way to approach wellness." A Ritzman pharmacist and registered dietitian lead a discussion about wellness and the future of dieting, including new strategies for starting a wellness program of their own. These workshops are powered by The RefreshinQ Co. and presented in partnership with Erin Schenkenberger.

Attendees will receive coupons, free samples and light snacks.

“In our practices, pharmacists frequently field questions from patients about ways they can boost their energy levels or for help in achieving their wellness goals,” added Beth Husted, general manager pharmacy services, Ritzman. “As part of our mission, this program will individually educate patients on better wellness choices.”


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