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David Neu named ABDC president

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Monday promoted David Neu, 53, to president of AmerisourceBergen Drug, the company’s largest operating unit, effective immediately. Neu, a 29-year veteran of the company, most recently was SVP operations.

The role of president of AmerisourceBergen Drug previously was held by Steven Collis, currently EVP and COO. Collis recently was named to succeed David Yost as CEO upon Yost’s retirement on July 1. In his new role, Neu will continue to report to Steven Collis.

"Throughout his tenure at AmerisourceBergen, Dave has held several leadership roles within ABDC, and he has been instrumental in both guiding its recent success, and positioning it for future growth," Collis stated. "Dave’s commitment to customers, suppliers and associates, and his experience leading both sales and operational efforts, will enable him to continue to drive value for all of our stakeholders, and to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead."

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Drew Crawford takes helm at Benecard PBF

BY Antoinette Alexander

ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Caremark Rx executive Drew Crawford has been appointed president and CEO of Benecard PBF, an administrator of prescription benefits and services to public and private plan sponsors.

Crawford is a former member of the executive management of Caremark Rx and is the son of Mac Crawford, who served as chairman, president and CEO of Caremark Rx and also is the former chairman of CVS Caremark.

At Caremark, Crawford was responsible for all underwriting, analytic and outcome operations of the company¹s PBM business, including its specialty pharmacy and disease management units. He also led valuation, purchase and integration teams for the company’s major transactions, including its 2004 acquisition of Advance PCS and its 2007 merger with CVS.

Crawford most recently served as a principal with Crawford-Ross, a healthcare private equity joint venture.

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Kansas pharmacy school dean receives award

BY Alaric DeArment

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The dean of the Kansas University School of Pharmacy has won an award in recognition for service to the elderly, according to published reports.

The Lawrence Journal World reported Monday that dean Ken Audus had won the Douglas County Senior Center’s Seaver Award.

The article noted that the school has started many programs for local residents, such as health fairs and free bone-density screenings.

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