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CVS/pharmacy, National Council on Aging present Prescription for Better Health Award

BY Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS CVS/pharmacy and the National Council on Aging has recognized the recipients of its Prescription for Better Health Award following a nationwide competition for programs that provide seniors in their communities with access to activities and education that promote healthy lifestyles.

The recipients were announced during the Aging in America Conference held Tuesday in Las Vegas.

“The Prescription for Better Health Award honors senior centers that are committed to helping individuals make healthy lifestyle choices and improving the quality of life,” stated Rob Price, SVP, retail advertising and marketing, CVS/pharmacy. “We were inspired by the variety of programs. It was a challenge to select just one as the winner, but we’re delighted to see all of these organizations honored for their hard work and dedication to the senior community.”

Taking top honors was Traverse City Senior Center of Traverse City, Mich., which was recognized for its program dubbed “The Amazing Race.” The program is a 16-week course designed to empower seniors to make healthy lifestyle choices while also encouraging them to take advantage of resources in their hometown. Each week seniors are given a “challenge” at a local business or agency that relates to wellness or health living, such as bowling, miniature golfing and mall walking. For the less active participants there is a ?detour? that includes activities like having their blood pressure taken and calculating the number of calories in a certain food.

The five honorable mentions include:

  • Capital Senior Center of Columbia, S.C.
  • East Providence Senior Activity Center of East Providence, R.I.
  • Friendship Circle Senior Center of Darby, Pa.
  • Resources for Seniors Inc. of Wake County, N.C.

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Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis seeks to find a cure

BY Alaric DeArment

WALTHAM, Mass. A non-profit organization has added a collection site to its national network of sites gathering samples of data and blood for use in multiple sclerosis research.

The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis announced Monday it finalized plans with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and one of its doctors, R. Philip Kinkel, to begin the collection.

“This is something that Accelerated Cure Project has been working on since we started the repository in 2006,” Accelerated Cure Project CEO Carolyn Cronin said in a statement. “Having the ability to collect samples from a larger population through accessibility to our sites results in faster and more conclusive MS research.”

The repository contains samples and data for scientists working in multiple fields, such as genetics, virology and nutrition. Other collection sites include Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and others.

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Walgreens’ Riedl shifts to pharmacy

BY Jim Frederick

DEERFIELD, Ill. —In a major shift of responsibilities, Walgreens has named its top merchant, George Riedl, to the new post of SVP pharmacy innovation and purchasing in the pharmacy services department. The change was effective March 1.

Riedl has led the company’s purchasing and merchandising departments since 2003, and saw his role expanded to EVP marketing and merchandising in late 2008 as part of a sweeping management shakeup that may still be underway. His shift to overseer of Walgreens’ effort to overhaul its pharmacy operation makes it clear that shakeup may continue for some time; it also underscores the importance the big drug store chain attaches to both its pharmacy and front-end renewal projects.

Replacing Riedl in his old post is Bryan Pugh, a Walmart and Tesco USA veteran, who joined the company earlier this year as VP store format development. Pugh, 46, has been named VP merchandising and will retain his role as head of store development.

Pugh will take a lead role in the company’s remerchandising and SKU rationalization program, which aims to recharge excitement at the front of the store and boost per-customer transactions by at least one additional purchase per customer, per visit.

Riedl, 48, will oversee all pharmaceutical purchasing along with rollout of the POWER initiative, a project aimed at cutting pharmacy dispensing costs and enhancing patient-pharmacist interaction by offloading such dispensing duties as prescription and claims verification to centralized “hub” pharmacies. POWER is currently operational in more than 360 Florida stores, the company reported, and is on track for a statewide rollout in all 774 Florida stores by the end of August.

Riedl joined Walgreens in 1982 as a pharmacy intern and was a store pharmacist and district pharmacy supervisor until 1991, when he moved to company headquarters. There, he held various positions in Walgreens’ pharmacy services and e-commerce departments before being named a general merchandise manager in purchasing in 2000.

Pugh spent three years with Tesco, the fast-growing European supermarket chain that has made big inroads in U.S. retailing. He designed the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market store operations model and launched the retail grocery chain on the West Coast, where it grew to 90 locations in less than a year.

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