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CRN appoints director of membership development

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday appointed Carl Hyland as director of membership development. Hyland brings with him more than 25 years of experience in business development, sales, marketing and operations within the dietary supplement, ingredients and natural foods industries, the association stated.

Most recently, Hyland worked in media sales with NewsUSA, focusing on sales and marketing of the company’s social media network. His career also includes more than a decade with Weider/Schiff where he served as corporate VP and helped launch the company’s Shape magazine. Hyland’s career also includes stints at Healthy Directions, Frey Enterprises, M.C. Brands and Nutravail Technologies. Earlier in his career, he was the editor of Let’s Live Magazine.

“Carl’s knowledge and passion for the dietary supplement industry, coupled with his sales and business development experience, will greatly help CRN further build its membership,” stated Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO.

 


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‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ to make Blu-ray, DVD, digital download debut

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing its film on the epic battle between man and ape home this December.

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" will be available Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. Starring James Franco, the film tells a story of a neuroscientist whose experiment on primates goes awry when the latter’s intelligence continues to grow.

The "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Blu-ray includes such bonus material as deleted scenes, making-of featurettes commentaries and more. The film will make its debut on Dec. 13.

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Walgreens to remain part of three ESI networks; Tricare not one of them

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To date, Walgreens and Express Scripts in the past month have navigated three one-off deals that will keep Walgreens’ more than 7,800 pharmacies in the ESI pharmacy network, but the U.S. Department of Defense’s Tricare does not look likely to become one-off deal No. 4, according to published reports.

The three one-off deals came to pass because those payers contractually are allowed to choose their own network of pharmacy providers. According to a report in Chicago Business powered by Crain’s, Express Scripts reported it has only six clients with contracts that would allow these one-off agreements, where a payer can in effect mandate the inclusion of Walgreens in ESI’s pharmacy benefit network, out of an overall client base of about 120 companies.

It doesn’t appear, though, that Tricare is one of those clients, as Walgreens on Monday reached out to ESI in an effort to keep serving the approximately 6 million covered by the Department of Defense health plan.

Walgreens on Monday renewed its efforts to lock in a contract with Tricare with what the Chicago-based pharmacy dubbed "an ironclad guarantee" that the drug store chain’s prices would match or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network. Walgreens added that it will produce savings for the program "without disrupting beneficiaries’ choice of a network pharmacy provider."

Express Scripts turned down the offer, according to a report in the St. Louis Business Journal. "If Walgreens would offer a good deal for our clients, we would accept it," messaged Express Scripts spokesman Brian Henry to the Business Journal in an email on Monday. "As we’ve said all along, we would welcome [Walgreens] in our network, but only at rates that are right for our clients."

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Walgreens announced its withdrawal from the Express Scripts pharmacy network come January. Earlier this month, the two reached an agreement pertaining to MMM Healthcare and PMC Medicare Choice plans in Puetro Rico, which will allow MMM and PMC members to have continued access to the Walgreens pharmacy network.

On Friday, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced that Walgreens will remain in its Express Scripts pharmacy network as of Jan. 1, 2012.


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