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July 19, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Friday that registration for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting is now open.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Friday that registration for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting is now open.

The meeting will take place April 26 to 29, 2014 in Scottsdale, Ariz., and online registration is accessible by visiting the NACDS Annual Meeting website.

July 18, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced that three teams of pharmacy students have been named finalists in the 2013 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday announced that three teams of pharmacy students have been named finalists in the 2013 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. Student pharmacy teams from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy will present their business plans in a live competition at NCPA’s Annual Convention this October.  

July 18, 2013

The two groups announced that the outing would take place at the Strategic Business Exchange, set to take place Oct. 14 to 16 in San Antonio. The PAN Foundation offers funding to patients with life-threatening illnesses who are underinsured.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy and the Patient Access Network Foundation will sponsor a charity golf outing in the fall.

The two groups announced that the outing would take place at the Strategic Business Exchange, set to take place Oct. 14-16 in San Antonio. The PAN Foundation offers funding to patients with life-threatening illnesses who are underinsured.

July 16, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, in partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation, has issued a request-for-proposals to research the impact of integrating community pharmacist-provided medication management services into the hospital discharge process.

Arlington, Va. —  The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, in partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation, has issued a request-for-proposals to research the impact of integrating community pharmacist-provided medication management services into the hospital discharge process.

The move comes in light of the increasing focus on the public health cost of hospital readmissions. Two research grants of up to $600,000 each are expected to be awarded.

July 16, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association CEO Douglas Hoey testified Tuesday before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health’s hearing on “Reforming the Drug Compounding Regulatory Framework.”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association CEO Douglas Hoey testified Tuesday before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health’s hearing on “Reforming the Drug Compounding Regulatory Framework.”  

His remarks focused on discussion draft legislation offered by U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., that seeks to address the concerns raised by the New England Compounding Center’s fungal meningitis tragedy late last year. 

July 15, 2013

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy will begin developing pharmacy practice parameters in about 20 specialty therapeutic categories this year, the group said.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy will begin developing pharmacy practice parameters in about 20 specialty therapeutic categories this year, the group said.

July 15, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Friday announced it will host its third NCPA Ownership Workshop this year from Aug. 23 through 25 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Alexandria, Va.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Friday announced it will host its third NCPA Ownership Workshop this year from Aug. 23 through 25 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City here.  

The Ownership Workshop, sponsored by McKesson and in part by Pharmacists Mutual and Live Oak Bank, gives prospective and current pharmacy owners an in-depth look at the industry and the financial, management and marketing skills needed to operate a successful pharmacy business. The three-day session also offers pharmacists 20 hours of continuing education credits.

July 15, 2013

Supermarket chain Wegmans took the time last week to issue a clarification following local news reports: It would not be ending healthcare benefits for its part-time employees. A story in the Buffalo News had a headline, "Wegmans cuts health benefits for part-time workers," that had been misconstrued.

It's no secret why Wegmans — which operates 81 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts — is included in Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For."

Supermarket chain Wegmans took the time last week to issue a clarification following local news reports: It would not be ending healthcare benefits for its part-time employees. A story in the Buffalo News had a headline, "Wegmans cuts health benefits for part-time workers," that had been misconstrued.

July 12, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced the introduction of a resource kit — Take Charge of Rx Benefits in Your Community — to help preempt anti-patient drug benefit designs, such as those that require the use of mail-order facilities for prescription drugs.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday announced the introduction of a resource kit — Take Charge of Rx Benefits in Your Community — to help preempt anti-patient drug benefit designs, such as those that require the use of mail-order facilities for prescription drugs.

July 10, 2013

The Food Marketing Institute named Mark Baum SVP industry relations and chief collaboration officer.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute on Wednesday named Mark Baum SVP industry relations and chief collaboration officer. In this newly designed function, Baum will engage retailer, supplier, manufacturer and service provider CEO’s to help improve industry collaboration at all points of the food retail chain. 

July 10, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association praised Hawaii elected officials for enacting two new laws that, respectively, will give the state’s residents greater choice of where to fill their prescriptions and additional medical privacy protections.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday praised Hawaii elected officials for enacting two new laws that, respectively, will give the state’s residents greater choice of where to fill their prescriptions and additional medical privacy protections. NCPA fully supported HB 62 and HB 65, both of which passed the Hawaii House and Senate unanimously and were signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on June 27.

July 9, 2013

Kroger on Tuesday announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Harris Teeter for $49.38 per share in cash as part of a deal valued upward of $2.5 billion.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Harris Teeter for $49.38 per share in cash as part of a deal valued upward of $2.5 billion. 

The transaction price represents a premium of 33.7% to the Harris Teeter closing share price on Jan. 18, 2013, the day of the first media report that Harris Teeter was evaluating strategic alternatives. The terms of the agreement were approved by the boards of both companies.

July 8, 2013

Northeast Pharmacy Services Corporation has signed up the approximately 250 independent community pharmacies that it serves in New England in the National Community Pharmacists Association effective July 1, 2013, the groups announced.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Northeast Pharmacy Services Corp. has signed up the approximately 250 independent community pharmacies that it serves in New England to the National Community Pharmacists Association effective July 1, 2013, the groups announced Monday.

July 3, 2013

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has signed what the National Association of Community Pharmacy has characterized as groundbreaking reform legislation that applies reasonable standards to how pharmacy benefit managers audit community pharmacies, provides increased transparency into generic prescription drug reimbursement and ensures that PBM administrators of prescription drug claims are registered within the state.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has signed what the National Association of Community Pharmacy has characterized as groundbreaking reform legislation that applies reasonable standards to how pharmacy benefit managers audit community pharmacies, provides increased transparency into generic prescription drug reimbursement and ensures that PBM administrators of prescription drug claims are registered within the state.

June 25, 2013

It appears that medication adherence among Americans age 40 years and older ranges from mediocre to worse, according to a new report by a trade group representing independent pharmacies.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It appears that medication adherence among Americans age 40 years and older ranges from mediocre to worse, according to a new report by a trade group representing independent pharmacies.

June 24, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Kevin Nicholson to the new position of VP public policy and regulatory affairs, effective Monday.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Kevin Nicholson to the new position of VP public policy and regulatory affairs, effective Monday.

June 24, 2013

Perrigo on Monday promoted Emily Hiller to assistant category manager for the category management team at Perrigo Nutritionals in Gordonsville, Va.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Monday promoted Emily Hiller to assistant category manager for the category management team at Perrigo Nutritionals in Gordonsville, Va. In this role, Hiller will be responsible for developing category overviews to support corporate and customer specific presentations and product documentation. She also will develop direct mail and e-coupon programs, support social media projects and track category conversions.

June 19, 2013

A top executive of Sears and Kmart is among the retail executives appointed to the board of directors of a retail industry lobbying group.

ARLINGTON, Va. — A top executive of Sears and Kmart is among the retail executives appointed to the board of directors of a retail industry lobbying group.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association announced Wednesday the appointment of Sears Holdings Corp. president for Sears and Kmart, EVP and chief merchandising officer Ron Boire. Other executives include CEOs of The Home Depot, 7-Eleven, Petco Animal Supplies and J.C. Penney Co.

June 17, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association commended Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law two significant pieces of legislation in support of Texas small business independent community pharmacies: HB 1358, legislation that provides common sense standards to pharmacy audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers, and SB 1106, which provides transparency in generic maximum allowable costs, or MACs, for Medicaid plans.

 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association commended Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law two significant pieces of legislation in support of Texas small business independent community pharmacies: HB 1358, legislation that provides common sense standards to pharmacy audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers, and SB 1106, which provides transparency in generic maximum allowable costs, or MACs, for Medicaid plans.

June 14, 2013

Ahold USA's supermarket banners have donated more than $4 million to charitable causes over the past week.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA's supermarket banners have donated more than $4 million to charitable causes over the past week.

Last Friday, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., also known as Giant-Carlisle, announced a $517,535 donation through its annual Support Our Troops campaign, which benefits regional USO chapters in the area where Giant has stores, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of Virginia and Maryland.

June 14, 2013

A new review of the research on the patient-health benefits of improved medication adherence supports the growing momentum behind government and market-based strategies to help patients take medications as prescribed, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores stated.

ARLINGTON, Va. — A new review of the research on the patient-health benefits of improved medication adherence supports the growing momentum behind government and market-based strategies to help patients take medications as prescribed, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores stated on Friday.

June 11, 2013

Misperceptions and stereotypes about opioid dependence that may affect how it's treated have persisted among the general public and physicians despite increased attention devoted to the issue, according to a new survey.

RICHMOND, Va. — Misperceptions and stereotypes about opioid dependence that may affect how it's treated have persisted among the general public and physicians, despite increased attention devoted to the issue, according to a new survey.

June 11, 2013

The Annals of Internal Medicine published a study comparing generic utilization of common diabetes medications across two government programs — Medicare Part D and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

PHILADELPHIA — The Annals of Internal Medicine on Tuesday published a study comparing generic utilization of common diabetes medications across two government programs — Medicare Part D and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Medicare's use of brand-name medicines was two to three times greater than the VA.

According to the study, the disparity comes out of Medicare's reliance on private plans with distinct formularies, whereas the VA administers its own benefit using a national formulary.

June 10, 2013

Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.

June 7, 2013

With the inaugural participants in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Faculty Scholars Program concluding their year-long work, the NACDS Foundation has named a new and expanded class of participants to continue the program's research focus.

ARLINGTON, Va. — With the inaugural participants in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Faculty Scholars Program concluding their year-long work, the NACDS Foundation has named a new and expanded class of participants to continue the program's research focus.

Launched in 2012, the program educates assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research.