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GPhA names pharmacy veteran to sciences and regulatory affairs role

BY Ryan Chavis

WASHINGTON — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Monday hired Felecia (Lisa) Tan for the role of AVP sciences and regulatory affairs. Tan, a former practicing pharmacist, brings more than 25 yeas of healthcare and FDA experience to GPhA.

“We are delighted that Lisa Tan has joined the GPhA staff. Her hiring demonstrates our continued commitment to making collaboration with FDA a key priority,” said Ralph G. Neas, GPhA president and CEO. “Lisa’s private sector background and her extensive experience at FDA, particularly in the Office of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Office of Generic Drugs, will help make the generic drug industry an even stronger partner with FDA in the future. Lisa’s mastery of the abbreviated new drug approval regulatory framework will be invaluable in the association’s efforts to work with FDA to enhance the ANDA process and support the full application of the Generic Drug User Fee Act.”

At the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s OPS and OGD, Tan was responsible for streamlining processes and protocols, receiving multiple awards for her operations leadership and technical expertise. Prior to her time at the FDA, Tan held several pharmacy management position. She received a pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

 

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New Savings.com report shows uptick in redemption rates

BY Ryan Chavis

LOS ANGELES — Savings.com found a 10% increase in coupon redemptions for April 2014, leading the way for a robust May shopping season. The monthly report analyzes current retail sales trends and coupon redemption rates, and provides insight on the impact that those redemptions have on upcoming buying periods.

"Analyzing retail trends in the couponing industry provides deep insights into the ways consumers are purchasing across a wide range of retailers," said Seth Barnes, head of marketing at Savings.com. "Our ability to track coupon redemption rates allows us to predict consumers purchasing patterns and pinpoint how consumers are currently interacting with retailers."

The report also delved into redemption rate performance at Macy’s. In April, the retailer’s deal redemptions on Savings.com were up 60% compared to the same time last year. Other key insights share in the report include an emphasis on mobile: Savings.com grew 98% year-over year and more than half of the searches for household brands came from smartphones.

To view the full report, visit Savings.com/RetailReports.

 

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Rite Aid names CIO

BY Antoinette Alexander

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has appointed Matt Lynch, an information technology executive with nearly 30 years of experience, as SVP and CIO.

Lynch succeeds Don Davis, who is retiring from the company after 14 years of service.

In this position, Lynch will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s technology and information operations, including computer systems, network infrastructure, telecommunications and data security, as well as the continued development and execution of Rite Aid’s immediate and long-term information technology strategy. Lynch will report to Frank Vitrano, Rite Aid’s senior EVP, CFO and chief administrative officer.

“Matt is a seasoned information technology professional with diverse business systems’ management and deep retail experience,” Vitrano said. “Additionally, his expertise with advanced systems — spanning all key business functions — will be extremely beneficial to Rite Aid as we continue to enhance our information technology and services platforms to help us achieve our dual goals of delivering a superior customer experience and driving continued growth for our company.”

Most recently, Lynch served as SVP and CIO for Dick’s Sporting Goods, a sporting goods retailer, overseeing the enterprise IT function for all brands and e-commerce businesses. Prior to joining Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lynch held various executive information technology positions at ShopKo.

 

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