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NACDS pharmacy leader Rosato tapped for Temple University honor

BY Jim Frederick

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —Edith Rosato, VP pharmacy affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and president of the NACDS Foundation, recently garnered another accolade for her achievements and leadership in the pharmacy profession.

The honor came from Rosato’s alma mater, Temple University, which awarded the pharmacy veteran the distinguished 2009 Gallery of Success Award. Rosato is a 1982 graduate of the Temple University School of Pharmacy.

Also tapped for the award was Randy Chapman, a 1973 Temple graduate who spent 16 years in community pharmacy before beginning a 20-year career with The Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pa. For the last five years, Chapman has served as a chemotherapy pharmacist for the institution.

Each of Temple’s 17 schools and colleges annually honor two alumni who serve as inspirations to the next generation of Temple graduates. “Ms. Rosato brings over 30 years of leadership and experience in the pharmaceutical industry to her position” at NACDS, Temple noted in announcing the award. “As a registered pharmacist, she has a deep commitment to the advancement of community pharmacy, and advocates for the important and integral role for pharmacists in the delivery of quality health care to patients.”

Gallery of Success award recipients, including Rosato, will have their photos and biographies displayed on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia throughout the academic year.

“Edith’s alma mater should be commended for making an outstanding selection for this high honor,” noted NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Everyone at NACDS congratulates her on her achievements and looks forward to her continued success.”

Rosato’s fast-moving trajectory at NACDS may be far from over. She recently gained certification from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management, a four-year program that provides skills to address the unique challenges of managing nonprofit organizations.

Rosato’s early career included stints as a pharmacy manager for both Thrift Drug and CVS, and as a pharmaceutical buyer for CVS. Before joining NACDS in 2000, she held senior positions at Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia, and was responsible for developing sales and product distribution strategies and customer marketing programs.

Rosato remains active with many pharmacy schools and sits on the Campbell University School of Pharmacy board of advisers, the National Advisory Council at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Gregory Leadership Council of Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Pharmacy.

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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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