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AstraZeneca launches Nexium Direct home delivery service

BY Michael Johnsen

WILMINGTON, Del. — AstraZeneca on Wednesday launched Nexium Direct, a program that provides eligible patients the option of having brand-name Nexium delivered directly to their home. Nexium Direct is part of AstraZeneca Direct, a web-based offering that delivers select brand name prescription medications from AstraZeneca. The medications are dispensed by a team of registered pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians available through a collaboration with Eagle Pharmacy.

“Today, people are taking a more active, participatory role in their healthcare. With this in mind, AstraZeneca has created Nexium Direct, giving patients and prescribers a choice when it comes to how they receive branded Nexium from AstraZeneca,” stated Linda Palczuk, VP cornerstone and commercial excellence. “Nexium has been a treatment option for acid reflux disease for over 13 years, with more than 236 million prescriptions written. We’re proud to offer patients and prescribers another way to receive this important treatment.”

Patients wishing to enroll go to PurplePill.com and click on the Nexium Direct link to complete the online enrollment form and provide a valid prescription for Nexium. During and after enrollment, patients will have access to a 24-hour support center to contact via email or phone if they have questions, the opportunity to request auto refills, and free home delivery.

 

 

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J&J installs new chief design officer to ‘accelerate innovation’

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday named Ernesto Quinteros, recently of Belkin International, as its chief design officer. He will join the company May 5 and report to Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman. 

The chief design officer for Johnson & Johnson is a newly created role that expands the responsibility of the company’s Global Strategic Design Office beyond its consumer business origins to encompass the breadth of the company’s portfolio, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer and health and wellness.

“The creation of the chief design officer role across our enterprise is part of Johnson & Johnson’s efforts to accelerate innovation globally and strengthen the equity of Johnson & Johnson and its core brands,” Peterson said.

Quinteros will lead the company’s Global Strategic Design Office, which works across Johnson & Johnson’s consumer, medical devices and pharmaceuticals segments, and with the marketing and R&D organizations. Design thinking — a consumer/customer focused approach that integrates user experience, product and packaging design, technology solutions and business requirements — will be incorporated into business and innovation strategies.

Quinteros was chief design officer at Belkin, where he spent 13 years and distinguished himself as a designer and visionary leader of a multi-disciplinary team. He was a sponsor for innovation models in product development and portfolio management of existing and evolving product lines, and was actively involved in user experience and software development initiatives. Quinteros was also Belkin’s chief brand officer, accountable for redefining the company’s culture and values, planning and designing the global headquarters, and all aspects of new brand articulation and cohesive global brand identity.

Quinteros is an award-winning designer whose work has been cited by leading publications. Fast Company included Belkin as a top ten innovator in the “Internet of Things” category for 2014. 

Quinteros will be based at the company’s headquarters. 

 

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Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets generate $25 million in charitable giving

BY Michael Johnsen

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold’s Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets on Wednesday announced that charitable donations made in 2013 from customers, associates and vendor partners totaled $25.1 million. Donations supporting hunger relief, improving the lives of children, and building healthier communities were made through a combination of cash and product, the supermarket operator reported. 

“From each store associate up through to our corporate office and distribution centers, Giant/Martin’s is focused on being a better neighbor in the local communities that we serve through community giving and helping customers achieve healthier lifestyles,” stated Larry Stover, SVP store operations. “For the second year in a row we have achieved the $25 million in giving milestone. Thank you to our customers, our associates and our vendor partners who have joined with us over the past year in support of hunger relief, children’s causes and building healthy communities.”

As part of Giant/Martin’s commitment to the fight against hunger, in 2013, nearly 100 regional food banks and local pantries across four states received more than $10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations. Food donation programs provided more than $9 million in meat and bakery items, equating to hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to assist struggling families. Significant among these food donation programs was “Meat the Needs,” where the company freezes meat that would otherwise go unsold and donates it to regional food banks. Since the launch of “Meat the Needs”, more than one million pounds of frozen meat has been donated to regional food bank Philabundance alone.

In celebration of the company’s 90th anniversary in 2013, Giant/Martin’s donated a total of $81,000 to nine regional food bank partners towards ongoing hunger relief efforts. Customers contributed approximately $1 million during two Bag Hunger in-store campaigns.

Also for its 90th anniversary, Giant/Martin’s launched 90 days of giving where stores conducted at least one random act of kindness throughout the summer and into early fall. These acts included everything from hosting an event to distribute free school supplies to children, providing bottled water donations to local firemen and women, raising more than $3,000 to rebuild a local park destroyed by arson to donating supplies to a homeless shelter. 

In 2013, Giant/Martin’s committed more than $11 million in contributions to local community groups and various nonprofit organizations throughout its market area. The grocers’ annual “Support Our Troops” in-store campaign, which benefits regional USOs and the Wounded Warrior Project, raised $518,000. Associate and corporate contributions to more than 40 local United Way agencies also totaled more than $1 million in 2013.

And over the past 18 years, Giant/Martin’s has donated more than $34 million to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in local communities it serves, including $3.3 million in 2013. “Funds generated through Giant/Martin’s annual campaigns provide life-saving care and needed treatments for nine of our member children’s hospitals,” commented John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “The dollars raised are so vital to our hospitals’ operations and the care they provide to local sick and injured kids.”

Through Giant/Martin’s A+ School Rewards program, more than 2,500 public and private schools received $3 million to help fund scholarship programs, technology initiatives, sports equipment and other educational needs. Since launching the program in 2005, more than $16 million has been donated to thousands of local schools.

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