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BeneCard PBF appoints EVP pharmacy services

BY Allison Cerra

ORLANDO, Fla. — BeneCard PBF announced that it has appointed a new EVP pharmacy services.

The prescription benefit facilitator said Bill Wolfe will be responsible for leading BeneCard PBF’s clinical, compliance, sales and business informatics groups. Prior to joining BeneCard PBF, Wolfe served as president of pharmacy benefit manager Catalyst Health Solutions, which merged with fellow PBM SXC Health Solutions in July. Prior to his tenure at Catalyst, Wolfe also worked at Rite Aid, last serving as SVP managed care and government affairs for the company.

"Bill has over 25 years of managed care and pharmacy benefit experience and is a recognized and highly regarded leader in the prescription benefits industry," BeneCard PBF chairman of the board Kenneth Ullman said. "He will help guide BeneCard PBF in moving forward as a change agent in the dynamic landscape of health care and we are excited to have Bill join our team."


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Walgreens, Taylor Swift partner on in-store merchandising set in anticipation of new album ‘Red’

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced the launch of the "Taylor Swift Store at Walgreens," which will market a wide array of products from the six-time Grammy winner’s branded merchandise line. Walgreens and select Duane Reade locations will provide a comprehensive, in-store selection of Taylor Swift music and merchandise.

The items will be available for purchase chain wide beginning the week of Oct. 8. The Taylor Swift-branded merchandise will incorporate artwork from her soon to be released album, "Red."

"Our relationship with Taylor provides customers with convenient access to her broad range of merchandise enabling them to show their support for her," stated Joe Magnacca, president of daily living products and solutions for Walgreens. "This unique offering is another way we are delivering on our mission to make health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach for everyone on a daily basis."

"I look forward to sharing my music and merchandise with my fans, and making it easier for them to pick up their favorite items when visiting Walgreens or Duane Reade stores," Swift said.

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US Nutrition vet assumes lead sales role at UrgentRx

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER — UrgentRx on Monday announced that Tony West has joined its team as VP sales. 

“We’re thrilled to have a sales professional of Tony’s caliber join UrgentRx,” stated Jordan Eisenberg, president of UrgentRx. “As we expand our product line and launch into new markets, Tony’s experience and relationships will be instrumental in spurring UrgentRx’s growth. With Tony as our VP of sales, we’re looking forward to an exciting new era for the company.”

West will focus on expanding UrgentRx’s presence in retailers throughout the United States, as well as nurturing existing and establishing new relationships with retailers. He started with UrgentRx on Oct. 4.

West brings to UrgentRx more than 20 years experience in consumer package goods sales leadership positions. Most recently, West served as a senior sales executive at US Nutrition — marketer and distributor of Nature’s Bounty and Osteo-BiFlex. 

Prior to US Nutrition, West served as VP sales at Schiff Nutrition, where he was responsible for executing the launch of Schiff Mega Red Omega-3 Krill. He began his career with The Gillette Company, where he spent 10 years in sales roles of increasing responsibility.

 

 

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