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Fougera endows NACDS scholarship fund

BY Jim Frederick

NEW YORK With a major endowment from Fougera, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation last night inaugurated the Edmond Fougera Scholarship Fund at the 10th Annual NACDS Foundation Dinner.

To establish the fund, Fougera president and chief executive officer Paul McGarty presented a $160,000 contribution to Foundation chairman Steven Anderson. The money, a major addition to the NACDS Foundation Student Scholarship Program, will generate scholarships to be awarded each year to exceptional pharmacy students who have demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to community pharmacy.

To establish the fund, Fougera president and chief executive officer Paul McGarty presented a $160,000 contribution to Foundation chairman Steven Anderson. The money, a major addition to the NACDS Foundation Student Scholarship Program, will generate scholarships to be awarded each year to exceptional pharmacy students who have demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to community pharmacy.

“Advancing community pharmacy by supporting the next generation of professionals is an honorable mission, and one that Fougera is proud to be a part of,” McGarty said during the presentation.

“Pharmacy students will play a critical role in the future of healthcare delivery for patients,” said Anderson. “We are pleased to partner with Fougera in establishing the Edmond Fougera Scholarship Fund and help students meet their potential and continue to advance the profession of pharmacy.”

The company was founded by French immigrant Edmond Fougera in 1849 when he opened a retail pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York, and is a supplier of topical dermatologic applications.

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Walgreens completes purchase of McKesson Specialty Pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens on Monday announced the completion of its acquisition of McKesson Corporation’s specialty pharmacy, which includes the McKesson Specialty Pharmacy in Pittsburgh and IVPCARE, a specialty pharmacy focused on reproductive health based in Frisco, Texas, with operations in Torrance, Calif., Wilmington, Mass. and St. Louis.

“This acquisition further expands our national capabilities and access to managed care payors,” stated Michael Nameth, executive vice president of Walgreens Health Services.

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreen Co. operated by its managed care division, Walgreens Health Services, is a national provider of injectable and biopharmaceutical medications dedicated to serving the needs of patients living with complex, chronic health and medical conditions. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy provides personalized care and services through dedicated fulfillment centers across the country and through more than 6,500 electronically linked Walgreens pharmacies, including locations in academic medical centers, community hospitals and physician office buildings.

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Matrixx launches cold and flu mobile application

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Matrixx Initiatives on Tuesday launched the Zicam Cold & Flu Companion mobile application for the T-Mobile G1. The application enables on-the-go consumers to take charge of their health by checking cold and flu activity by zip code, among other features, the company stated.

“The Cold & Flu Companion offers an innovative and customizable resource for consumers to prepare for the cold and flu season,” stated Tim Connors, vice president of marketing at Matrixx Initiatives. “Knowing the latest cold and flu news and understanding the cold, flu and cough activity in a localized area can aid consumers in being aware of the risks around them.”

The service shows users the percentage of sick people in any given zip code, what types of symptoms are most prevalent and which ones to look out for in a specific area. The application also keeps users updated on the latest cold and flu news.

The application also provides a tool to receive coupons for Zicam products and location-based directions identify nearby retailers where products can be purchased and coupons redeemed.

The same mobile application will be released for the iPhone in mid-December.

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