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Lloydspharmacy names new managing director

BY Allison Cerra

COVENTRY, England — A U.K.-based community pharmacy chain has appointed Tony Page as its managing director, effective next week.

Lloydspharmacy, which operates 1,650 community pharmacies across the United Kingdom, said Page is a seasoned retail executive with more than 23 years of experience.

"I’m really excited about joining Lloydspharmacy," Page said. "We’re entering a new healthcare landscape, and there are significant opportunities for a business like Lloydspharmacy, which places the needs of all its customers at its heart. I look forward to leading the business as we embark on the next phase of our growth,"

As a community pharmacy chain, Lloydspharmacy fills more than 51 million prescription items annually and has about 17,000 employees. The chain offers a range of products aimed at improving community health, including affordable blood-pressure monitors and allergy relievers.

Also offered is a suite of convenient professional health check services, including free blood-pressure and diabetes testing, as well as cholesterol test and heart check services in the comfort of a private consultation room. Lloydspharmacy also offers an online pharmacy and an online doctor on its website.

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Walgreens promotes Mia Scholz

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Walgreens last month promoted Mia Scholz from corporate VP accounting and controller to SVP accounting and controller.

Scholz joined Walgreens in 1999 as director of internal audit. She was named a divisional VP in 2003, and was promoted to corporate VP accounting and controller in 2007.

Before joining Walgreens, Scholz was a senior manager for Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1988.

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Philips bulb to tout Energy Star label

BY Allison Cerra

SOMERSET, N.J. — Philips Lighting announced that one of its LED bulbs now will carry the Energy Star label.

Philips AmbientLED 12.5 watt  — which also is sold under the Philips EnduraLED brand — has met or exceeded the light-quality and energy-efficiency requirements for a 60-watt LED equivalent set forth by Energy Star. 

Products that earn the Energy Star label meet the quality and energy-efficiency requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. They often are eligible for utility rebate programs that lower the cost of the product.

The bulb lasts 25 times longer and uses 80% less energy than the 60-watt incandescent bulb it was designed to replace, Philips said.

"Philips’ new LED light bulb is an exciting new addition to the suite of high-quality, energy-efficient lighting products carrying the Energy Star label," said Alex Baker, lighting program manager for Energy Star. "The innovation embodied in this new product demonstrates Philips’ commitment to helping American consumers and businesses save energy and save money while protecting the environment."

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