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The Apothecary Shops announces 18th store opening

BY Alaric DeArment

AUSTIN, Texas — Specialty pharmacy provider The Apothecary Shops has opened its 18th store, the company said Monday.

TAS Specialty Pharmacy, an affiliate of Phoenix-based The Apothecary Shops of Deer Valley, opened a full-service specialty pharmacy with a compounding lab in Austin, Texas. The 2,500-sq.-ft. pharmacy will specialize in cancer, transplants, infectious diseases, fertility, women’s health, pain management, eye diseases and animal health.

“As we move forward with our expansion strategy, we chose Austin because of its consistent growth and tremendous potential,” The Apothecary Shops president Keith Cook said. “Our research also indicated that our specialty focus would be a good fit for the community.”

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Yost leaves helm of AmerisourceBergen

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Monday afternoon announced that CEO David Yost will retire from the wholesaler, effective July 1, after 37 years with the company and the last 14 as CEO.

Yost will be succeeded by Steven Collis, 49.

"Ten years after we announced the merger that created AmerisourceBergen, I am announcing my plans to retire," Yost said. "With our strong position in the growth areas of the pharmaceutical supply chain, generics and specialty pharmaceuticals, I believe [AmerisourceBergen] is exceptionally well-positioned for continued success, and that the company’s future has never been brighter.”

Collis, a 17-year AmerisourceBergen veteran, currently is president and COO, responsible for all AmerisourceBergen business units, including AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group, AmerisourceBergen Consulting Services and AmerisourceBergen Packaging Group. Before being promoted to his current position in November 2010, Collis was EVP AmerisourceBergen and president of ABDC, the wholesaler’s largest subsidiary with revenues of more than $60 billion. Collis originally helped found ABSG and was the driving force behind growing the business into a $16 billion business.

"Steve’s experience and skills make him eminently qualified to be the next CEO of AmerisourceBergen," Yost said. "The company has great momentum, a seasoned and proven management team and a superb customer-focused, cost-conscious culture. I have no doubts that Steve will continue to grow our business and provide value to our customers, suppliers, shareholders and our associates."

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AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour rides again

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Beginning in mid-March, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will embark on another 10-month tour to provide an expected $14 million worth of free health tests.

The national mobile tour will conduct free health-testing events in communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The free tests — which include total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index — are valued at $100 per person and may help provide adults with a critical foundation for early disease detection and prevention.

"During previous tours, I’ve seen how these free tests can be a life-saving resource," stated Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. "This campaign will help a tremendous number of people improve their lives through greater access to health resources, particularly for those most in need."

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is comprised of nine custom-equipped buses with a dedicated trained staff that travels separate routes canvassing the country. Each bus will spend several days in designated cities providing free services at local events, community centers, Walgreens store locations and other select locations to make health tests more accessible to the community.

Tests are available to adults ages 18 years and older. After the tests are performed, a pharmacist or trained staff member will provide the results and review them with the consumer. Visitors also will have access to free educational information on a variety of health-and-wellness issues available in both English and Spanish. Consumers are encouraged to report their test results to their doctor or healthcare provider so they may discuss any concerns with them.

Consumers can learn when the tour is scheduled to serve their community by calling Walgreens toll-free at (866) 484-8687 or by visiting AARPWalgreens.com/tour.

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