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Cardinal Health names new CIO

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN, Ohio Cardinal Health announced the appointment of Patricia Morrison as chief information officer, effective Aug. 3.

Morrison, 50, will be responsible for the company’s enterprise-wide information technology infrastructure and will work to enhance the infrastructure to support Cardinal Health’s strategic business needs. She will report to George Barrett, who will become chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health following the planned spinoff of its clinical and medical products businesses.

Morrison has served as CIO at Motorola, Inc., where she oversaw all strategic, operational and functional aspects of the company’s information technology in 140 countries. Her previous experience also includes CIO of Office Depot, Inc.; and senior-level information technology positions at General Electric, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and The Quaker Oats Co.

Morrison is replacing Jody Davids, who decided to step away from the CIO role to take time off to pursue personal interests.

“We’re very pleased to have someone of Patricia’s caliber joining the Cardinal Health leadership team,” Barrett said. “Her significant experience with systems in large, complex organizations positions her perfectly to execute the long-term IT strategy Jody and her team have developed in support of our company.”

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Food industry vets commence new lobbying practice

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON Policy Solutions, a new government and public affairs firm, has opened a practice in Washington, led by three food industry veterans.

The new firm will provide strategic advice to its clients and assistance in coalition building, grassroots program development, media relations, and in community outreach and corporate responsibility programs.

The three principals of the lobbying group include John Motley, former SVP government affairs for the Food Marketing Institute; Barry Scher, former long-time VP public affairs for Giant Foods; and Jay Truitt, former VP government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 

“With both a new Congress and administration, there will be increased legislative and regulatory activity. Policy Solution’s principals have an extensive experience in working with both Congress and the Executive Branch on a wide range of policy issues, from food safety to energy and from taxes to health care,” said Motley.

For more information on this group, visit policy-solutions.net.

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Wegmans seeks to reduce paper usage for prescriptions

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans’ SVP of consumer affairs Mary Ellen Burris on Sunday noted that Wegmans pharmacies are losing a significant amount of paper weight in her weekly online blog.

Wegmans pharmacies are eliminating pharmacy prescription information sheets for all refills, she noted, which would more or less result in 10 million fewer printouts each year.

“That’s the scoop on … you know, the enclosure with every single prescription that you probably don’t even read while you’re throwing it away,” she wrote. “Now, there are some you should read … a first time prescription, for instance. However, after you understand the precautions, use, side effects, drug interactions and storage (my favorite, for a recently prescribed drug: “do not store in the bathroom” which is where I keep all medical stuff) … such information is typically not really needed for refills.”

Completing implementation of new pharmacy software made it possible, Burris noted, making pharmacy prescription information sheets for refills, which consist of about 50% of the prescriptions filled at Wegmans, obsolete.

Essential information is still printed with each prescription filled, however.

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