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Big Y announces White new chief financial officer

BY Jenna Duncan

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Big Y Foods’ board of directors has tapped William D. White for the role of chief financial officer, the company has said. White will be leaving his position at Osschein Farm and Home of Moberly, Mo, where he was serving as vice president and chief financial officer.

The change to Big Y’s management comes after Herbert D. Dotterer’s retirement earlier this summer. The 58-store company said that White is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in finance and real estate. White has also served as chief financial officer for Balls Food Stores, Farm Fresh Supermarkets, Richfood Holdings and Snyder’s Drug Stores, reports said.

White has also served as assistant controller for Affiliated Food Stores, director of financial accounting and real estate for King Soopers and division controller for McLane/Western.

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Albertsons begins $4.99 generic prescription drug program

BY Jenna Duncan

BOISE, Idaho Albertsons today announced the launch of Albertsons Rx-tra Savings prescription discount program. The membership-based program offers 30-day supplies of more than 500 generic prescription drugs for $4.99. Albertsons pharmacies are also discontinuing the “Meet or Beat” pricing program, the company said.

Generic drugs included in the program include treatments for asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues.

To join the program, members can pay a one-time $10 fee at the pharmacy to cover all members of the household. To launch the program, for a limited time Albertson’s is giving away $10 Albertsons gift certificates to those who sign up. 

Albertsons operates 250 units in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.

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APhA encourages more patient-pharmacist communication

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON The American Pharmacists Association is urging customers to get to know their pharmacists for American Pharmacists Month, APhA said Wednesday.

“Pharmacists are on the frontlines of helping patients get the most out of their medications,” APhA chief executive officer and executive vice president John Gans said.

 

“As our population ages, and more people become dependent on medications than ever before, pharmacists will play an increasingly prevalent role on the healthcare team and in improving medication use and advancing patient care.”

An APhA survey has shown that almost 70 percent of consumers don’t know their pharmacists’ names, so during its campaign, the organization plans to “underscore the link between knowing your pharmacist and the safe and effective use of medications” and inform consumers of some of the patient-care services that pharmacists offer.

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