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CVS Health looking to establish ‘tobacco-free pharmacy network’

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that it is working to establish a tobacco-free pharmacy network and is looking for tobacco-free pharmacies to participate in the new offering.

As widely reported, CVS Health’s pharmacy locations are now officially tobacco-free as the company forges ahead on its mission to help shape the future of health care.

Following CVS Health’s announcement that it would no longer be selling tobacco at its pharmacy locations, a number of the company’s PBM clients have since approached the company about developing a “tobacco-free pharmacy network,” CVS Health confirmed in a statement sent to Drug Store News.

“CVS Health is in the process of identifying pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products to participate in such a new offering. We look forward to making this new pharmacy network available to our clients who choose this offering and providing their plan members with an option to select a tobacco-free environment for their prescription fulfillment needs,” said CVS Health spokesman Mike DeAngelis in the statement. “For clients who choose a tobacco-free network, plan members would be provided with a full list of participating pharmacies in advance of any network change.  A tobacco-free network would include CVS/pharmacy and Target nationally as well as other local or regional pharmacies including numerous independent pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products.”

CVS Health did not disclose any additional details on the network.

 

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GoJo supports International Infection Prevention Week

BY Michael Johnsen

 

AKRON, Ohio — GoJo, inventors of Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, on Monday announced its support of International Infection Prevention Week hosted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, which occurs globally Oct. 19 through 25, 2014. In light of recent events, IIPW will focus its attention on Ebola infection prevention and control guidance.  
 
"IIPW is addressing a topic that is top of mind in the healthcare industry today, and GoJo is pleased to be part of the discussion to help protect the health of healthcare workers, who according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among those who have the highest risk of contracting the disease," stated David Mackay, VP sales and marketing, healthcare markets for GoJo.
 
The CDC and World Health Organization both recommend practicing careful hygiene — washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer — as a preventive measure against Ebola. In order to raise further awareness for the importance of hand hygiene, GoJo is supplying more than 21,000 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer and hand hygiene materials to more than 100 facilities and providing complimentary hand hygiene infection prevention webinars and whitepapers educational tools on its website at Healthcare.gojo.com/education.
 

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Winn-Dixie to headline Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR race in 2015

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie, a subsidiary of Bi-Lo Holdings, on Monday announced it is entering into a new partnership with Talladega Superspeedway to sponsor the “Winn-Dixie 300” NASCAR XFINITY Series race on May 2, 2015.
 
With 68 Winn-Dixie stores spread throughout the state of Alabama, the company will be partnering with NASCAR’s most competitive track, which opened in Talladega, Ala., in 1969. 
 
“A great number of our customers and associates are NASCAR fans. This sponsorship represents Winn-Dixie’s ongoing efforts to find meaningful connections with customers by being a part of events they are passionate about,” said Tim Flavin, regional VP Bi-Lo Holdings. “We are excited to introduce the Winn-Dixie 300 to the state of Alabama and to kick off one of the best motorsports weekend experiences in the country.”
 
 
This isn’t the first time that Winn-Dixie has had its name on races at the world’s fastest speedway. From 1997 through 2001, Winn-Dixie was the entitlement sponsor for the ARCA Racing Series events, and in 2008, it had its name on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TSS.
 
“We are so proud to welcome Winn-Dixie back to the Talladega Superspeedway family,” said Grant Lynch, chairman of the 2.66-mile venue. “Like Winn-Dixie, we have had a storied history in the state of Alabama, as well as the Southeast, for many years. So many of our fans are customers of Winn-Dixie, and we can’t wait to showcase the Winn-Dixie 300 to them in 2015.”
 
The NASCAR XFINITY Series (currently called the NASCAR Nationwide Series through the end of 2014) has been a staple at the 2.66-mile venue since 1992. Some of the sport’s biggest names like Earnhardt, Martin, Labonte and Stewart have gone on to victory in some of the sport’s most exciting and competitive races that will now be known as the Winn-Dixie 300, the grocer noted.
 
The new partnership was announced — and a new Winn-Dixie 300 logo was unveiled — at a press conference Saturday. The track is hosting the cutoff race of the Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in which the field of 12 eligible drivers for the season-long championship will be cut to eight.
 
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