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NACDS continues its heritage of naming ‘A-List’ chairmen with appointment of Rite Aid’s John Standley

BY Michael Johnsen

"NACDS helps to protect the value we currently deliver and sets the stage to provide an even higher level of care, all while sending a powerful message that chain pharmacies are doing far more than filling prescriptions and selling merchandise." That’s the message incoming National Association of Chain Drug Stores John Standley had for NACDS Annual attendees. It’s a critical juncture in the healthcare industry, he said, and everyone who participates in NACDS plays a substantial role. 

NACDS is getting a seasoned performer at the helm. Standley has shown exemplary leadership and remarkable clarity of vision in leading the turnaround at Rite Aid — today the retail healthcare company is in the best shape it has been in financially in more than a decade, and introduced several very innovative new programs and initiatives from the wellness ambassadors to wellness+ to the Rite Aid Health Aliance, and most recently its acquisition of RediClinic. 

Make no mistake, Rite Aid is back and in a very big way.

"When you combine programs like Rite Aid Health Alliance with other healthcare offerings of our industry — like retail clinics, one-on-one consultations, Medication Therapy Management and refill synchronization — we are and will continue to deliver a stronger, more powerful healthcare experience to the communities we serve," Standley said. 

Meanwhile, DSN also salutes outgoing chair Bob Narveson for an important and impressive run as chairman. He may lead a relatively small chain, but Narveson — and Thrifty White —  has proven a company doesn’t have to be big to demonstrate big thinking, innovation and the willingness to take risk to demonstrate the value of community Rx to healthcare. Thrifty White’s work around Med Sync was a prime example of that. 

In his presentation before NACDS members, Narveson outlined many recent NACDS wins, including the advancement of front-end issues and dialogue through the NACDS Retail Advisory Board, the growth of NACDS RxImpact grassroots advocacy and the NACDS Political Action Committee, success in shaping the new prescription drug supply chain law, the introduction of and advocacy for pharmacy provider status legislation, growing recognition of pharmacy’s importance in public health emergencies, and the launch of the NACDS “Victory Vision” opinion research and communications program. 

Now Standley lends his considerable leadership capabilities and vision to his role as NACDS chair. DSN has every confidence he will bring creativity and innovation to this role, too, as NACDS continues to expound on the total value retail pharmacy is providing to the overall healthcare system today, as well as the opportunity to realize even greater value tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

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CHPA: Arizona passes DXM age-restriction law

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday commended Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for signing HB 2086 in to law. H.B. 2086, sponsored by Representative Heather Carter, prohibits minors from purchasing over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan without a prescription.

“The makers of over-the-counter medicines want to thank Governor Brewer, Representative Carter, and the Arizona legislature for taking a major step to address teen cough medicine abuse,” stated CHPA president and CEO Scott Melville. 

“The bill addresses the key issue of access — without access to these drugs — we can reduce the number of teens abusing these medicines," Carter said. "Our goal is to provide parents with the resources to keep their families safe and to raise awareness among other community stakeholders. We hope this accomplishment in Arizona will help generate further support for a national law.” 

Upon enactment of this bill, Arizona will be the fifth state to place an age-18 restriction on DXM sales. Louisiana and New Jersey are currently exploring similar legislation.

 

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Walgreens and the National Urban League launch 2014 Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the National Urban League on Thursday announced the launch of the 2014 Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour. For eight years, Walgreens and the NUL have conducted the community outreach program dedicated to providing free preventive and early detection health services to urban and minority communities across the country. Now through December, Walgreens will use the tour to provide free health tests, assessments, education and consulting services.

The tour will provide resources and incentives to help participants continue on their way to healthier living. For example, Walgreens will introduce visitors to various aspects of Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices, which is one of the first retail rewards programs that not only issues rewards for purchases, but also for healthy choices such as walking, running, weight management and testing blood pressure and blood glucose.

The health tour’s bundle of free health tests and risk assessments is designed to provide participants with personal health insights that may indicate symptoms and potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Tests include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. Collectively the health tests, valued at over $100, are administered to adults age 18 years and older by certified wellness staff and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Afterward, participants consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results. This is a free service; insurance will not be billed.

Visitors of the tour also will receive tutorials on how to use fitness devices and digital applications to help track their personal health and fitness goals. Devices will be displayed and visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to use the devices and how to sync them to auto-log their healthy activities into their Balance Rewards account. 

The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with NUL is one of the charitable programs that is part of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, which began in 2011 as a four-year, $100 million initiative to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide. The initiative also is dedicated to providing accessible, affordable resources for prevention and early detection of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

For the past eight years, Walgreens and the NUL have partnered together on the community outreach program and since the tour’s inception, Walgreens has financially contributed nearly $2 million to the NUL for the continued use in providing health services and awareness to their Urban League affiliates across the country. In seven years, the tour has administered more than half a million health tests valued at $11.9 million to communities throughout the United States.  

 

 

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