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‘Leading change’ at Cardinal Health RBC 2014

BY Rob Eder

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Leading change.” That was theme for this year’s Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference, held here last month at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, from July 23 to 26. And no doubt, given the rapidly changing healthcare landscape and the increased role that pharmacists are playing in the U.S. healthcare system, that theme resonated again and again throughout the course of the event.

“‘Leading change,’ is all about your vital role in moving healthcare forward,” Steve Lawrence, SVP independent sales for Cardinal Health, told attendees of the opening business session.

More than 8,000 independent pharmacists attended RBC 2014, which kicked off July 23 with a special daylong “Health on the National Mall” event, co-sponsored by Cardinal Health and the National Community Pharmacists Association, in which volunteer pharmacists shared insights with local patients on how to better manage common health issues and chronic conditions, ranging from asthma and diabetes to heart health and weight management.

Drug Store News produced a special co-branded e-newsletter edition to follow all the action at RBC 2014. For complete highlights, visit Drug-StoreNews.com/Cardinal-Health-RBC-2014.

 

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McKesson ideaShare sparks new tools, programs

BY Rob Eder

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nearly 5,000 attended McKesson ideaShare 2014, held July 20 to 24 in Orlando, Fla., including more than 1,000 community pharmacies, more than 600 exhibitors and more than 300 first-time attendees.

“We continue to see transformation in the market driven by the emphasis on positive patient outcomes, continued growth of preferred networks and a focus on retail pharmacies’ ability to impact Star ratings,” said Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical.

There are a number of factors driving the pace of change, Walchirk said, from health reform to an aging population, to the growth in specialty and improving adherence — each are opportunities to drive growth. “If you can improve adherence by 10%, 20%, 30% in this country, what a huge opportunity that is for growth,” he said.

To that end, one major highlight of the show was McKesson’s new Adherence Performance Reporting solution. Based on a store’s own pharmacy-management system data, the new tool provides pharmacy owners with an adherence rating similar to the CMS Star ratings.

Drug Store News produced a co-branded e-newsletter edition to follow the action at McKesson ideaShare 2014. For highlights, visit DrugStoreNews.com/McKesson-ideaShare-2014.

 

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Feed the Children, PepsiCo lend a hand in Detroit

BY Ryan Chavis

DETROIT — Feed the Children and PepsiCo extended a helping hand to families in Detroit by providing them with food, essentials and Avon products. Sixteen hundred families visited Second Ebenezer Church on 14601 Dequindre Road and took home boxes containing food and basic essentials that filled four tractor-trailers.

This marks the fifth year the two entities joined together to fight hunger in Detroit, supporting nearly 11,000 families in the process. The even was one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country.

"We believe in a world where no child goes to bed hungry– a world in which kids can be kids and grow up wide-eyed, curious, playful, eager to learn, strong, joyful, and full of dreams," said Kevin Hagan, Feed the Children president and CEO. "PepsiCo, its employees, and our friends at Walmart and Sam's Club are not just providing food and essentials today. They are helping kids be kids."
 

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