RX FULFILLMENT CO. FILES BANKRUPTCY
acies here, which provides fulfillment for the online pharmacy services of Memphis, Tenn.-based Piggly Wiggly Co. and about 1,000 other supermarkets, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to sell its 43 retail locations. The approximately 400 Piggly Wiggly operators that signed up for the online pharmacy service will not be affected, according to Richard Varnon, director of e-commerce for Piggly Wiggly.
Grocery Shopping Network, Minneapolis, which provides the virtual shopping service that includes the Horizon pharmacy component, has backup fulfillment partners if Horizon shuts down completely, Varnon told SN. Lee Odden, GSN's vice president of product marketing and development, said, "Nothing going on with [the bankruptcy filing] is affecting the online order system we provide." Horizon Pharmacies was not immediately available to comment.
SHAW'S REDUCES WAIT FOR OXYCONTIN
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Shaw's here has modified its policy concerning the sale of the controversial painkiller OxyContin, a move that alleviated concerns of the Massachusetts Board of Certification in Pharmacy. The company's Shaw's and Star Market stores have taken down signs indicating that customers would have to wait up to three days for their prescriptions, spokesman Bernard Rogan told SN.
The company now will make the drug available to customers within 24 hours, he said. The state board had been concerned that the medication would not be available for patients with new prescriptions, according to Christine Zybert, a spokeswoman for the board. The powerful drug has been the target of numerous robberies in pharmacies, which prompted Shaw's to stop keeping an inventory of it on its shelves.