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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: NC Department of Public Health
State: NC
Date Added: 12/23/2009
Themes: Vaccine Supply and Distribution
Issue Summary: National and Regional Pharmacy Chain Participation in H1N1 Vaccine Campaign in NC
Description of Issue(s): North Carolina Department of Public Health (NCDPH) has been working with the large retail chains and mass immunizers in NCDPH since the beginning of H1N1.
Actions taken to address the issue(s): They currently have Provider Agreements with CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Walgreens, Kerr, Target, Bi-Lo, Maxim, Mollens, NC Mutual Drug (covering most of the independent pharmacies in NC), and Kroger. They began their partnership by allotting 5% of their weekly H1N1 vaccine allocation to these pharmacies. As supply increased, they increased the allocation to 10% and are now allowing the pharmacies to order weekly based on what they are projected to use.
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: Overall, this partnership has worked well. Currently they have seen a decrease in demand in the requests from pharmacies for the vaccine. Some have requested to stop receiving vaccine while others are requesting far less than what is available to them.

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