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April 9, 2014

Omnis Health on Tuesday announced the launch of EmbracePro, a blood-glucose meter for medical professionals.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Omnis Health on Tuesday announced the launch of EmbracePro, a blood-glucose meter for medical professionals. Approved for multi-patient use, EmbracePro features a test strip release button for more hygienic strip disposal and provides accurate results within five seconds. 

April 7, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has announced the elected officers for its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term: Ed Hamilton as president, Mark Cziraky as VP and Bruce Laughrey as treasurer.

WASHINGTON —The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has announced the elected officers for its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term:  Ed Hamilton as president, Mark Cziraky as VP and Bruce Laughrey as treasurer.

The officers were officially installed during the APhA Foundation board meeting in conjunction with the APhA2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando.

April 7, 2014

Registration is now open for McKesson ideaShare 2014, McKesson’s annual education and networking event for independent pharmacy owners from across the nation.

SAN FRANCISCO — Registration is now open for McKesson ideaShare 2014, McKesson’s annual education and networking event for independent pharmacy owners from across the nation. This year’s conference will take place July 20–24, 2014, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. For more than three decades, McKesson’s annual trade show and conference has provided opportunities for attendees to share best practices and learn about the latest trends, technology and clinical solutions to help them better serve their patients and achieve better pharmacy health.

April 3, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Thursday that VP of state government affairs Sandra Guckian has been named chair of the associate member advisory committee of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations for 2014-2015.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Thursday that VP of state government affairs Sandra Guckian has been named chair of the associate member advisory committee of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations for 2014-2015.

In Guckian’s new role, she will be responsible for facilitating communications within and between NASPA’s state pharmacy association members and associate members, which includes trade associations, such as NACDS, and other pharmacy stakeholder companies and organizations.

April 2, 2014

Robert M. Long, former president, CEO and chairman of Longs Drug Stores passed away March 27 due to complications, which occurred as a result of inclusion body myositis.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Robert M. Long, former president, CEO and chairman of Longs Drug Stores passed away March 27 due to complications, which occurred as a result of inclusion body myositis.  

Long was a well-known industry veteran having led Longs Drug Stores for more than 20 years. His retirement from the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based pharmacy retailer as CEO in 2000 marked the first time that a member of the founding family was not heading the company.

April 2, 2014

Mars Chocolate’s global president Grant F. Reid has been named by the company’s board of directors as president, effective Jan. 2, 2015. Reid will take over for current Mars president Paul S. Michaels, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

MCLEAN, Va. — Mars Chocolate’s global president Grant F. Reid has been named by the company’s board of directors as president, effective Jan. 2, 2015. Reid will take over for current Mars president Paul S. Michaels, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

March 31, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced. 

“Switching medicines, whenever appropriate, from prescription to non-prescription status improves access, empowers consumers to care for their own health and is an important strategy for Pfizer,” stated Paul Sturman, president, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The FDA approval of Nexium 24HR is a significant milestone in executing against our plan.”

March 27, 2014

Roscoe Medical and Carex Health Brands on Thursday announced the merger of the two companies.

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Roscoe Medical and Carex Health Brands on Thursday announced the merger of the two companies. Terms of the merger are not being disclosed.

March 27, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging a Senate Committee to help preserve pharmacy access and choice for Tricare patients, citing in a written statement the importance of advancing policies that control healthcare costs and preserve patient access to the nation’s community pharmacies.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging a Senate Committee to help preserve pharmacy access and choice for Tricare patients, citing in a written statement the importance of advancing policies that control healthcare costs and preserve patient access to the nation’s community pharmacies.

The subcommittee held a hearing this week titled, “Active, Guard, Reserve and Civilian Personnel Programs.”

March 26, 2014

Springtime allergy season may be delayed a few weeks this year, kicking into high gear in early April as opposed to late March due to a 2013-2014 winter characterized by extremely low temperatures and heavy snow storms.

Springtime allergy season may be delayed a few weeks this year, kicking into high gear in early April as opposed to late March due to a 2013-2014 winter characterized by extremely low temperatures and heavy snow storms. 

March 26, 2014

Message to federal health plan payers from community pharmacy: We have the systems in place and the professional expertise to help millions of patients to better their health outcomes at a lower cost. Message to pharmacy from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Prove it.

Message to federal health plan payers from community pharmacy: We have the systems in place and the professional expertise to help millions of patients to better their health outcomes at a lower cost. Message to pharmacy from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Prove it.

March 25, 2014

Eileen Breslin, dean and professor of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

WASHINGTON — Eileen Breslin, dean and professor of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Breslin assumed the presidency at AACN’s 2014 Spring Business Meeting held March 24 in Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2014

Rite Aid announced Monday that through its year-long fundraising efforts, the company raised $6.8 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2013, a record-breaking amount in the drug store chain's 19 years of support for the charity.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid announced Monday that through its year-long fundraising efforts, the company raised $6.8 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2013, a record-breaking amount in the drug store chain's 19 years of support for the charity. The money raised by Rite Aid funds care, research and equipment at 95 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in communities served by Rite Aid. 

March 21, 2014

March of Dimes New York Division is hosting in May its first Spirit of Beauty Luncheon in New York City.

NEW YORK — March of Dimes New York Division is hosting in May its first Spirit of Beauty Luncheon in New York City.

March 19, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday awarded the Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award to George Quesnelle, former president, North America, Consumer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, during the association’s Annual Executive Conference.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday awarded the Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award to George Quesnelle, former president, North America, Consumer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, during the association’s Annual Executive Conference. 

March 18, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Student Pharmacists has named Phillip R. Oppenheimer, who has led University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for almost two decades, as the 2014 Outstanding Dean.

STOCKTON, Calif. — The American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Student Pharmacists has named Phillip R. Oppenheimer, who has led University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for almost two decades, as the 2014 Outstanding Dean.

The award recognizes Oppenheimer for promoting the education of student pharmacists through community service, leadership and professional activities.

Oppenheimer will receive the award during the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in Orlando on March 28.

March 18, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association this year will be focusing on restoring OTC eligibility under flexible spending accounts and helping to finalize OTC monographs, Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, told attendees of the 2014 CHPA Annual Executive Conference Tuesday morning.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association this year will be focusing on restoring OTC eligibility under flexible spending accounts and helping to finalize OTC monographs, Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, told attendees of the 2014 CHPA Annual Executive Conference Tuesday morning. 

March 14, 2014

Living Essentials, distributors of 5-hour Energy shots, announced that it is sponsoring Mexican soccer star Oribe Peralta, striker for the Mexican National Team and MX Santos Laguna team. This marks the first time 5-hour Energy has worked with a professional soccer player.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Living Essentials, distributors of 5-hour Energy shots, announced that it is sponsoring Mexican soccer star Oribe Peralta, striker for the Mexican National Team and MX Santos Laguna team. This marks the first time 5-hour Energy has worked with a professional soccer player.

March 14, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients.

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients. Honorees will be officially recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28 to 31.

American Pharmacists Association – Profession Wide Awards:

March 14, 2014

The Natural Dentist, a line of natural oral care products that contain a therapeutic amount of purified aloe vera, has launched a Spanish language web site.

MADISON, N.J. — The Natural Dentist, a line of natural oral care products that contain a therapeutic amount of purified aloe vera, has launched a Spanish language web site.

The site is designed to introduce aloe vera as an agent for treating oral care issues.

March 14, 2014

La Roche-Posay and Vichy Laboratoires, two skin care brands from the L’Oréal Group, have announced that their skin care collections will be available as part of Target’s new premium skin care offering.

MINNEAPOLIS — La Roche-Posay and Vichy Laboratoires, two skin care brands from the L’Oréal Group, have announced that their skin care collections will be available as part of Target’s new premium skin care offering.

March 13, 2014

More Americans are more often seeking their ounce of prevention. According to Bain & Co.’s recent Healthy Living Survey, 75% of consumers are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Take that predominant mindset, coupled with the outcomes-driven preventive focus associated with the Affordable Care Act, and you have a formula for OTC success at retail pharmacy.

More Americans are more often seeking their ounce of prevention. According to Bain & Co.’s recent Healthy Living Survey, 75% of consumers are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Take that predominant mindset, coupled with the outcomes-driven preventive focus associated with the Affordable Care Act, and you have a formula for OTC success at retail pharmacy.

To get a better sense of how OTC brands are helping to improve patient outcomes and drive down healthcare costs, DSN invited some leading OTC executives to share their opinions on the value of OTCs.

March 7, 2014

New Albertson’s has acquired five Dominick’s locations and appointed Shane Sampson, currently president of the company’s Boston-based Shaw’s Division, as president of the Jewel-Osco division based in Chicago.

ITASCA, Ill. — New Albertson’s has acquired five Dominick’s locations and appointed Shane Sampson, currently president of the company’s Boston-based Shaw’s Division, as president of the Jewel-Osco division based in Chicago. 

Sampson fills the role that had been held by interim division president Jim Rice since January 2014.

Sampson’s first project highlights the company’s commitment to investing in Chicago: Remodeling and reopening five additional former Dominick’s locations.

March 5, 2014

Personal care company Kimberly-Clark, whose portfolio includes Kotex, has announced executive changes designed to further enhance its focus on executing its global business plan and driving global expansion.

DALLAS — Personal care company Kimberly-Clark, whose portfolio includes Kotex, has announced executive changes designed to further enhance its focus on executing its global business plan and driving global expansion.

Elane Stock, group president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been elected group president of K-C International, and is succeeding Christian Brickman, who has announced his intent to pursue a senior executive officer position outside of K-C.

March 5, 2014

Kroger on Wednesday lowered prices on thousands of food and household items and renewed an emphasis on shopping experience, fuel discounts, local products and community relations in the Dallas market, the retailer announced.

DALLAS — Kroger on Wednesday lowered prices on thousands of food and household items and renewed an emphasis on shopping experience, fuel discounts, local products and community relations in the Dallas market, the retailer announced. Within the next two years, Kroger will build six new stores and expand three locations, along with opening multiple fuel centers and remodeling existing properties in the North Texas area.