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H.D. Smith names new VP sales

BY Michael Johnsen

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H. D. Smith on Monday appointed Rob Meriweather as VP sales. An internal promotion, Meriweather is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining the enterprise sales strategy, gaining sales from strategic retail customers and developing executive relationships with buying groups. 
 
“Rob will be a great addition to the leadership team at H. D. Smith,” stated Scott Wilson, SVP drug divisions. “His vast experience in sales on the local, regional and national level will be an asset to leading our sales force.” 
 
An H.D. Smith associate since 2012, Meriweather most recently worked with the organization’s customers as director of retail national accounts, growing this segment by more than 30% during his tenure. In that role, he reported directly to Wilson, with responsibility for targeting, maintaining and growing the organization’s largest market opportunities by creating unique sales strategies and value propositions for large regional and national chain pharmacies. 
 
Previous to H. D. Smith, Meriweather served as VP global sales for HemCon Medical Technologies and was responsible for domestic sales growth and international sales expansion of the product line. Prior to that, he served as a national account manager for Cardinal Health, managing more than $450 million in drug distribution business with regional grocery chains. 
 
Meriweather earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Otterbein University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio. 
 

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CVS Health looking to establish ‘tobacco-free pharmacy network’

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that it is working to establish a tobacco-free pharmacy network and is looking for tobacco-free pharmacies to participate in the new offering.

As widely reported, CVS Health’s pharmacy locations are now officially tobacco-free as the company forges ahead on its mission to help shape the future of health care.

Following CVS Health’s announcement that it would no longer be selling tobacco at its pharmacy locations, a number of the company’s PBM clients have since approached the company about developing a “tobacco-free pharmacy network,” CVS Health confirmed in a statement sent to Drug Store News.

“CVS Health is in the process of identifying pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products to participate in such a new offering. We look forward to making this new pharmacy network available to our clients who choose this offering and providing their plan members with an option to select a tobacco-free environment for their prescription fulfillment needs,” said CVS Health spokesman Mike DeAngelis in the statement. “For clients who choose a tobacco-free network, plan members would be provided with a full list of participating pharmacies in advance of any network change.  A tobacco-free network would include CVS/pharmacy and Target nationally as well as other local or regional pharmacies including numerous independent pharmacies that do not sell tobacco products.”

CVS Health did not disclose any additional details on the network.

 

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GoJo supports International Infection Prevention Week

BY Michael Johnsen

 

AKRON, Ohio — GoJo, inventors of Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, on Monday announced its support of International Infection Prevention Week hosted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, which occurs globally Oct. 19 through 25, 2014. In light of recent events, IIPW will focus its attention on Ebola infection prevention and control guidance.  
 
"IIPW is addressing a topic that is top of mind in the healthcare industry today, and GoJo is pleased to be part of the discussion to help protect the health of healthcare workers, who according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among those who have the highest risk of contracting the disease," stated David Mackay, VP sales and marketing, healthcare markets for GoJo.
 
The CDC and World Health Organization both recommend practicing careful hygiene — washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer — as a preventive measure against Ebola. In order to raise further awareness for the importance of hand hygiene, GoJo is supplying more than 21,000 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer and hand hygiene materials to more than 100 facilities and providing complimentary hand hygiene infection prevention webinars and whitepapers educational tools on its website at Healthcare.gojo.com/education.
 

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