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Garza kicks off NACDS Pharmacy and Technology Conference in Sunday business session

BY Alaric DeArment

BOSTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference opened Sunday with remarks by conference chairman and Walgreens divisional VP government and community relations Debbie Garza, who highlighted the value of community pharmacy and urged attendees to engage to ensure the vitality of pharmacy’s future.

"There is no greater value in healthcare delivery than community pharmacy," Garza said. "When I talk of value, I am not talking just about all that community pharmacists do every day to help reduce drug spend. Though that is important, pharmacy’s value goes so much deeper. It is about community pharmacy — and the expertise of pharmacists — as a true partner in a comprehensive and collaborative approach to health care. It is about improving patient health, while delivering part of the solution to driving down health costs across the spectrum by preventing more costly forms of care."

Garza also urged attendees to "engage in new ways to help create the future success of the entire pharmacy industry" and make the case to decision makers about community pharmacy’s value in reducing costs and delivering care to patients.

"Together, we have a powerful story to tell," Garza said. "We need to stand up. We need to tell it. To the extent that we do just that, I am convinced that healthcare delivery will be all the better for it."

Other speakers at the session included H-E-B chief administrative officer and NACDS chairman Robert Loeffler and Michael Leavitt, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services and chairman of Leavitt Partners.

Speakers at subsequent business programs included Surescripts president and CEO Harry Totonis; IMS Health VP industry relations Doug Long; and NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson.

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Sam’s Club offers mealtime solutions with help from all-star chefs

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club has tapped eight all-star executive chefs to provide customers with restaurant-quality mealtime solutions.

Through the Sam’s Club Simply Delicious Chef Brigade partnership, the retailer and chefs will unveil new recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, now through January on SamsClub.com/meals and on the Sam’s Club Facebook page. Additionally, Sam’s Club members also can meet their local Chef Brigade member and learn to transform everyday ingredients into restaurant-quality meals during in-club demonstrations, Sam’s Club said.

"It can be challenging to invent new weekday dishes or to spice up your usual meals, especially when so many Americans are always on the run," said Shawn Baldwin, SVP fresh and freezer/cooler at Sam’s Club. "Our members — busy parents and restaurant chefs alike — depend on Sam’s Club for easy-to-find, quality food options and ingredients that simplify mealtime planning and solutions. Partnering with a brigade of top-notch chefs to unveil simply delicious recipes, Sam’s Club can inspire creative cooking and make eating in as exciting as dining out."

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WD-40 introduces WD-40 Specialist line

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO — WD-40 has begun shipping three new products under its latest line.

WD-40 Specialist is a portfolio of specialty problem-solving products aimed at the trade and doer enthusiasts, WD-40 said.

"WD-40 Specialist wears the famous WD-40 trademark and the yellow shield," said Garry Ridge, WD-40 president and CEO Garry Ridge said. "We plan to add new items as we roll out the full launch in the United States in January 2012, and in other geographic regions later that year."

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