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NACDS Foundation fetes 11th Annual Dinner

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK —The National Association of Chain Drug Stores held on Dec. 2 its 11th Annual Foundation Dinner at the Hilton New York, raising more than $1.8 million for scholarships, charitable contributions and public health initiatives. Former First Lady Laura Bush delivered the keynote address.

In addition to the dinner, the NACDS Foundation approved continued funding for the NACDS Foundation and American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowship in Community Pharmacy Practice. The 2009 NACDS Foundation AFPE Fellow Macary Marciniak, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy, will soon be finalizing her project, “Design & Development of a Postgraduate Year 2 Community Pharmacy Residency Program.”

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Hy-Vee names new president

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa A 28-year employee of Hy-Vee has become its new president, according to published reports.

The company appointed Randall Edeker as president of the supermarket chain Thursday at the company’s annual meeting, succeeding Ric Jurgens, who had served as president since 2001 and will maintain his position as chairman and CEO.

Edeker had previously served as EVP and COO.

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Tricare expands vaccination coverage to pharmacies, clinics

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Convenience and value. That’s what community pharmacy and their retail clinic partners deliver to their patients. And that’s what the Department of Defense is counting on in covering immunizations at local pharmacies and identifying convenient care clinics as network providers — two separate pieces of news issued within the past month that really underscore the importance of pharmacies and retail clinics in the delivery of health care today.

Prior to these announcements, military personnel interested in getting their flu shots had to schedule an appointment with their doctor, as Tricare only covered the cost of shots delivered in a doctor’s office.

“As a convenient and accessible healthcare provider, pharmacy is uniquely positioned to offer services for patients, such as vaccinations,” stated Steve Anderson, president and CEO for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Anderson noted that as of earlier this year, pharmacists have the ability to immunize patients in all 50 states. “[This] presents an important opportunity for pharmacists to counsel patients during their visit, and an additional healthcare provider from which to obtain these vaccinations.”

It’s also quite a bit of opportunity for pharmacy — Tricare provides healthcare coverage for 9.5 million eligible beneficiaries. Those beneficiaries pick up almost 2.3 million prescriptions every week, and 1.2 million of those at retail pharmacies, according to Tricare .

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