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CVS Health now able to dispense naloxone without prescription in Lone Star State

BY Michael Johnsen

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health announced Monday that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas.

"Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Texas pharmacies by the use of a physician's standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives," stated Tom Davis, VP pharmacy professional practices at CVS Pharmacy. "We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery."

In addition to Texas, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription by August 2016.

"CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas," said Marcia Lee Taylor, president and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. "Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction."
 

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NCPA names 3 finalists for 2016 GNP NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competiton

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va.– The National Community Pharmacists Association on Monday announced that three teams of pharmacy students have been named finalists in the 2016 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competiton.

Teams of pharmacy students from University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy will present their business plans in a live competition at NCPA’s Annual Convention in New Orleans. 

“Congratulations to the three finalists of this year’s competition,” stated Bradley Arthur, NCPA president. “Their impressive entries stood out among a very competitive field. I look forward to their live presentation in October and wish them luck on it," he said. "I also want to commend everyone who competed this year. I encourage all of the students to contact community pharmacists in their area and to continue to pursue their dream of independent community pharmacy ownership.”

This year’s competition drew submissions from 46 schools and colleges of pharmacy, and over 200 student and advisor participants.

The goal of the competition is to motivate pharmacy students to create a business model for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or opening a new pharmacy. Through this competition, NCPA is better able to prepare tomorrow’s pharmacy entrepreneurs for a successful future. The Business Plan Competition is the first national competition of its kind in the pharmacy profession and honors two great champions of independent community pharmacy, the late Neil Pruitt, Sr., and the late H. Joseph Schutte. The competition is supported by Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Pharmacists Mutual Companies and the NCPA Foundation.

Pictured are one of last year's finalists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy.
 

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Ahold, Delhaize complete merger

BY David Salazar
ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — The CEOs of Ahold and Delhaize group completed the two companies’ merger Saturday with the signing of the merger deed, following the approval of the deal by the Federal Trade Commission. 
 
“Today marks the successful completion of this cross-border merger, bringing together two great food retail companies,” Ahold supervisory board chairman Jan Hommen said Saturday. “Ahold Delhaize is ready for a strong start, building on its strong foundation, heritage and complementary businesses."
 
The combined company began trading Monday as Ahold Delhaize on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels, with Ahold Delhaize American Depositary receipts trading over-the-counter in the United States.
 
“Completing this merger today is an exciting and historic moment. I would like to thank all associates for their dedication and hard work,” Ahold CEO Dick Boer said when the merger completed. “With our new leadership team, we look forward to continuing to deliver for our customers and other stakeholders.”
 
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