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Carolyn Wynen said
that, generally, men
are considered at
greater risk of dying
from heart disease
than women, while
according to The
Heart Foundation, heart disease is also the
number one killer of Australian women.
'Women are three times more likely to die of
heart disease than breast cancer,' she said.
'Taking advantage of the Chemmart free
cholesterol checks is a great opportunity
for people to understand their cholesterol
levels and gain any further advice they may
need to better manage their health.
'We were thrilled with the response to
our inaugural campaign earlier this year.
It demonstrated to us that our customers
want to take proactive action in managing
their health and reducing their risk of heart
disease. And we are committed to helping
them take this action which is why we
are once again pleased to be offering free
cholesterol checks,' she said.
eRx Express smart phone app
Pharmacy sign-ups for the eRx Script
Exchange smart phone app -- eRx Express
-- were launched nationally on 24 October.
The eRx Express app allows pharmacy
customers to order scripts using their
smart phone ready for pick up on the day
and time that they want.
Jason Bratuskins, Pharmacist, and eHealth
Products Manager, eRx Script Exchange,
said 'This is a significant advance in
making it easier for pharmacy customers
to order their scripts. More and more
people are choosing to use mobile apps
to help manage their busy lives. With eRx
Express, pharmacies can give customers
the option of managing their medicines
through their smart phones.'
'eRx Express also has significant potential
to reduce peak times in pharmacies,
as people nominate a preferred time
and date for collection. Ultimately this
means that pharmacies can spend more
time helping people with their wider
healthcare needs. Additionally, it provides
real opportunities for strengthening
customer loyalty, and creating a
faster, smarter way of connecting with
eRx Express integrates directly into
pharmacy dispensing and into the
eRx Script Exchange national eScripts
network. This means that it provides all
of the safety and dispensing accuracy
benefits that come with eRx, whilst using
existing pharmacy dispensing workflow.
Biogen idec employees care
Biogen Idec's Australian employees
have participated in the company's third
annual Care Deeply Volunteer Day by
giving time to participate in programs
at the Wesley Mission in Sydney and the
Salvation Army in Perth and Melbourne.
In Perth, employees helped out at
the Salvation Army Op shop while in
Melbourne they served morning tea
and lunch for disadvantaged people
at the Hamodava café (run by the
In Sydney employees co-ordinated a
BBQ and cricket match at Bondi Beach
for residents from the Wesley Mission
The day of service is part of Biogen Idec's
global philanthropic focus on patients,
science education and supporting local
communities. Employees are given a paid
day off to volunteer at a service project in
According to Biogen Idec Australia's
Managing Director Michael Cloonan, the
initiative acts as a reminder to employees
about the potential the company and
everyone who works there have to make a
real difference in the community.
'Our hope is that we can do some genuine
good on the day for some people in the
community who could do with a little
extra support,' he said.
From building a playground in
Massachusetts to spending time with
multiple sclerosis patients in Portugal,
over 1,900 Biogen Idec employees
around the world are participating in the
company's Care Deeply Volunteer Day.
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