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August 7, 2012

Beginning this month, South Carolina is allowing retail-based health clinics to enroll as providers in Medicaid, a move that will enable Medicaid patients to use clinics for wellness visits, preventive services and to treat acute ailments, according to a local news report.

NEW YORK — Beginning this month, South Carolina is allowing retail-based health clinics to enroll as providers in Medicaid, a move that will enable Medicaid patients to use clinics for wellness visits, preventive services and to treat acute ailments, according to a local news report.

According to The Post and Courier, South Carolina Medicaid director Tony Keck said the move is designed to expand access to care and keep those patients with basic health issues from using high-cost emergency departments.

July 31, 2012

Randy Heiser recently joined McKesson as director of retail national accounts of Six Sigma, DSN has learned.

SAN FRANCISCO — Randy Heiser recently joined McKesson as director of retail national accounts of Six Sigma, DSN has learned.

Heiser comes to McKesson from Giant Eagle, where he was VP pharmacy and oversaw the day-to-day operation of more than 209 locations. Heiser started his retail pharmacy career in 1980 with Rite Aid, where he worked his way up to director of professional placement and director of pharmacy and therapeutic
management.

July 31, 2012

Surescripts on Tuesday announced that Minnesota achieved the highest rate of e-prescribing use in the nation during 2011 to capture the No. 1 ranking in its seventh annual Safe-Rx Awards.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Surescripts on Tuesday announced that Minnesota achieved the highest rate of e-prescribing use in the nation during 2011 to capture the No. 1 ranking in its seventh annual Safe-Rx Awards. The rankings are determined by an analysis of data that measures electronic prescribing use by physicians, pharmacies and payers in each state.

July 30, 2012

Supervalu on Monday named Wayne Sales, a Canadian hall-of-fame-caliber retailer, as the company's president and CEO, replacing Craig Herkert.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Monday named Wayne Sales, a Canadian hall-of-fame-caliber retailer, as the company's president and CEO, replacing Craig Herkert.

“In my new role, I will work closely with our leadership team to improve our sales and earnings trajectory and generate long-term shareholder value, focusing relentlessly on identifying factors that will drive meaningful improvements in our strategy execution and overall performance,” Sales stated.

July 25, 2012

Coty CEO Bernd Beetz is retiring from the beauty company, effective Aug. 1, and will be succeeded by Michele Scannavini, who has been president of Coty Prestige for the past decade.

NEW YORK — Coty CEO Bernd Beetz is retiring from the beauty company, effective Aug. 1, and will be succeeded by Michele Scannavini, who has been president of Coty Prestige for the past decade.

Beetz will remain on the Coty board as a nonexecutive director. In this role he will continue to share his experience and contribute to a smooth leadership transition supporting Scannavini.

July 25, 2012

Kids In Need Foundation has teamed up with Walgreens on the Walgreens Back to School Drive, the companies announced Wednesday.

DAYTON, Ohio — Kids In Need Foundation has teamed up with Walgreens on the Walgreens Back to School Drive, the companies announced Wednesday. From July 29 through Aug. 18, customers can donate new school supplies and classroom needs at any in-store collection bin.

July 24, 2012

The Little Clinic on Monday announced the opening of two convenient care clinics within Kroger in the Atlanta area.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic on Monday announced the opening of two convenient care clinics within Kroger in the Atlanta area. Two additional clinic openings are slated for August, which would bring the total number of locations in Georgia to six.

July 23, 2012

GNC Holdings on Friday elected company president and CEO Joseph Fortunato to serve as chairman.

PITTSBURGH — GNC Holdings on Friday elected company president and CEO Joseph Fortunato to serve as chairman. The board also has appointed Michael Hines to serve as lead independent director.

Fortunato succeeds Norman Axelrod, who has resigned as chairman. Axelrod had been a member of the GNC board since March 2007.

July 20, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday held a press briefing regarding the growing number of whooping cough cases in Washington state, which, according to the CDC, is reflective of how pertussis cases are trending nationally.

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday held a press briefing regarding the growing number of whooping cough cases in Washington state, which, according to the CDC, is reflective of how pertussis cases are trending nationally.

July 17, 2012

Health reform will stand. So what’s next for the pharmacy technician?

Health reform will stand. So what’s next for the pharmacy technician?

July 13, 2012

The main office of the Food and Drug Administration in charge of regulating generic drugs has appointed a new director, the agency said Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The main office of the Food and Drug Administration in charge of regulating generic drugs has appointed a new director, the agency said Friday.

The FDA announced the appointment of Gregory Geba as director of the Office of Generic Drugs, replacing acting director Keith Webber, effective Sunday.

Geba has served in various senior-level clinical and managerial positions in the drug industry for the past 15 years, most recently as deputy chief medical officer for Sanofi US, a subsidiary of French drug maker Sanofi.

July 12, 2012

Walgreens on Thursday named James Skinner, Walgreens board member since 2005 and recently retired McDonald's CEO, as the new nonexecutive chairman of the board of Walgreens.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday named James Skinner, Walgreens board member since 2005 and recently retired McDonald's CEO, as the new nonexecutive chairman of the board of Walgreens. Skinner will succeed Al McNally, who has served on the Walgreens board since 1999 and as nonexecutive chairman since 2009. McNally will continue serving on the Walgreens board.

July 11, 2012

Tongue cleaner manufacturer Orabrush has added David Kelley, founder and chairman of the global innovation and design firm IDEO, and Mikel Chertudi, senior director of global media and demand marketing at Adobe, to its recently formed advisory board.

PROVO, Utah — Tongue cleaner manufacturer Orabrush has added David Kelley, founder and chairman of the global innovation and design firm IDEO, and Mikel Chertudi, senior director of global media and demand marketing at Adobe, to its recently formed advisory board.

As advisory board members, Kelley and Chertudi will lend their expertise to the Orabrush team as the company builds on the momentum created by its digital marketing strategy on YouTube.

July 9, 2012

Manhattan-based retailer Duane Reade is expanding its footprint with a second distinct location in the historic American Surety building in the city’s Financial District.

NEW YORK — Manhattan-based retailer Duane Reade is expanding its footprint with a second distinct location in the historic American Surety building in the city’s Financial District.

The new 22,000-sq.-ft. Duane Reade store (at the corner of Broadway and Pine) further develops the retailer's “Up market” store concept. The 24-hour store, with the grand opening on July 9, features such exclusive offerings and amenities as Up market: Chop and an in-store museum quality exhibit; a first for Duane Reade or any other U.S.-based drug store.

July 9, 2012

The National Products Association promoted two senior advocacy staff members "as the association expands its regulatory and government affairs efforts," NPA stated Monday.

WASHINGTON — The National Products Association promoted two senior advocacy staff members "as the association expands its regulatory and government affairs efforts," NPA stated Monday. Cara Welch now is SVP scientific and regulatory affairs, and Elizabeth Hurst is director government relations. In addition, Meg Mader was promoted to director of marketing.

July 5, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Thursday the hiring of pharmacist Nick Dorich to serve as NACDS’ manager of pharmacy care and as the NACDS Foundation’s manager of foundation programs.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Thursday the hiring of pharmacist Nick Dorich to serve as NACDS’ manager of pharmacy care and as the NACDS Foundation’s manager of foundation programs. 

June 25, 2012

Executives from Coca-Cola and Facebook on Monday morning shared social media best practices and strategies here at NACDS Marketplace 2012.

DENVER — Executives from Coca-Cola and Facebook on Monday morning shared social media best practices and strategies here at NACDS Marketplace 2012.

Social media is about engaging the end-consumer in an interactive dialogue, more than it is about accumulating “likes.”

June 21, 2012

An integrated wellness team approach to diabetes care can help patients not only improve their condition, but also lower their prescription costs, according to new research presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ 21st annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Philadelphia.


An integrated wellness team approach to diabetes care can help patients not only improve their condition, but also lower their prescription costs, according to new research presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ 21st annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Philadelphia.


June 21, 2012

How is it that some companies seem to thrive in an environment of uncertainty — even chaos — while most others fail?

How is it that some companies seem to thrive in an environment of uncertainty — even chaos — while most others fail? Understanding how the winners are able to embrace the paradox of control and the uncontrollable, and how two leading retail organizations are doing it every day across thousands of stores, was the key focus of the most recent Mack Elevation Forum meeting, held April 20 in Palm Beach, Fla.


June 20, 2012

With more retail pharmacies pursuing pet prescriptions, Drug Store News recently talked to Rob Devlin, Nutramax director of veterinary science division, for some perspective on what the opportunity might be across the aisle in over-the-counter pet health products.

With more retail pharmacies pursuing pet prescriptions, Drug Store News recently talked to Rob Devlin, Nutramax director of veterinary science division, for some perspective on what the opportunity might be across the aisle in over-the-counter pet health products.

DSN: With the number of retailers looking to expand their reach into veterinary pharmaceuticals, what is the opportunity on the OTC side?

June 19, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired a new communications director.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired a new communications director.

Lisa Boylan, former senior editor and director of print and online publishing for the Epilepsy Foundation, joins NACDS' marketing, communications and media relations team and will play a key role in external- and member-communications initiatives including NACDS websites, newsletters, media relations, social media and marketing communications related to NACDS events. Boylan will report to Chrissy Kopple, NACDS VP media relations.

June 15, 2012

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday issued a response to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation around the ineffectiveness of vitamin D and calcium to prevent cancer or fractures.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday issued a response to a Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation around the ineffectiveness of vitamin D and calcium to prevent cancer or fractures. The draft guidance also suggested vitamin D and calcium could equate to a greater risk of kidney stones in older women.

June 12, 2012

More than one-quarter of new food and beverage products introduced in 2011 touted a kosher on-package claim, according to Mintel.

CHICAGO — More than one-quarter of new food and beverage products introduced in 2011 touted a kosher on-package claim, according to Mintel.

June 6, 2012

Specialty pharmacy provider MedPro Rx has received accreditation from an accrediting body for the fourth time, the company said.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Specialty pharmacy provider MedPro Rx has received accreditation from an accrediting body for the fourth time, the company said.

MedPro Rx said the accreditation, from the American Commission for Health Care, also marked the first time the company had received it for specialty pharmacy services and infusion nursing services, calling ACHC accreditation a key benchmark for measuring an organization's quality.

June 6, 2012

Ohio's Medicaid program has decided not to establish a competitive bidding and mandatory mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Ohio's Medicaid program has decided not to establish a competitive bidding and mandatory mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies.