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CVS to close Phoenix facility, attempt to re-allocate employees

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark plans to shutter its mail-order pharmacy operations in Phoenix at the end of the year.

“The decision to consolidate this operation into other existing operations was made after careful consideration and because of changing business demands and integration activities since the CVS and Caremark merger,” CVS spokesperson Mike DeAngelis told Drug Store News.

DeAngelis noted that, to date, the number of affected employees at the Phoenix facility is at least 100 fewer than the 423 indicated in The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act issued by the state in late October. He said the company is continuing its efforts to find positions for additional employees in other areas of the company, including other Caremark facilities and CVS/pharmacy retail stores.

“In instances where other job opportunities are not possible, employees will be eligible to receive a transition package to cover financial and health benefits, outplacement support and counseling,” said DeAngelis.

Published reports indicate that CVS Caremark will also shutter a similar-sized facility in Fort Worth, Texas. However, DeAngelis said that details on the Fort Worth facility were not readily available.

In March, CVS merged with pharmacy benefit manager Caremark, creating a $75 billion PBM powerhouse.

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Sam’s Club to offer wellness demos

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Sam’s Club announced today that it will be offering its members health and wellness demonstrations to help them start the new year on a healthy footing.

On Jan. 5, 2008 and Jan. 12, 2008, Sam’s Club members and guests will receive free samples and demonstrations on setting realistic goals for improving their health. According to Sam’s Club, the demonstrations will highlight key products and healthy food samples. Attendants will also receive copies of Resolutions to Results Magazine, which contains healthy recipes and tips on keeping New Year’s resolutions.

“Millions of Americans have a heightened awareness of their health and wellness due to increasing reports of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and more,” said Mike Pitzl, director of pharmacy operations at Sam’s Club. “Sam’s Club is pleased to give local residents in the communities we serve an opportunity to improve their health through these valuable and free services.”

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Marsh presents $111,000-plus in cookbook proceeds to Christmas charity

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS WTHR-TV and Marsh Supermarkets last week presented a check for $111,412.65 to the United Christmas Service, representing proceeds from the sale of the “Sunrise Cookbook” at area Marsh and O’Malia’s stores.

The cookbook features recipes from local and national celebrities including Channel 13 Eyewitness News anchors. The book also features recipes from Indianapolis DINE magazine, area restaurants and winners of a “Sunrise Viewer Recipe Contest” held earlier in the year.

As of Dec. 19, Marsh reported selling more than 17,000 cookbooks. “When you think about the season of Christmas, this is what it is all about,” stated Frank Lazaran, president and chief executive officer of Marsh. “Giving something to families who are less fortunate and helping them provide for their kids.”

Each year, United Way of Central Indiana’s United Christmas Service helps those in need during the holiday season. Last year, more than 20,000 people received food, clothing and toys.

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