NACDS Total Store Expo to feature FDA presentation on new supply chain law
ARLINGTON, Va. — Attendees of this year’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo in August will have the opportunity to learn directly from the Food and Drug Administration about the implications of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act of 2014.
At the conference, to be held Aug. 23 to 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Ilisa B.G. Bernstein, deputy director of the Office of Compliance with the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, will conduct a presentation on the implementation of the law.
Bernstein will speak on Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. during the Insight Session “Drug Supply Chain Security Act: Overview and Implementation.” As 2015 approaches in just a few months, manufacturers, distributors and supply chain partners are preparing for new phases of implementation of the law. Bernstein’s Insight Session will provide clarity to the many deadlines, definitions and intricacies associated with the implementation process of the new law for pharmacies, manufacturers, distributors and supply chain partners.
“Dr. Bernstein’s presentation at the NACDS Total Store Expo is not only timely, but also demonstrates the depth and breadth of what this trade show provides for NACDS members and the industry,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “NACDS has made it a top priority to continue to advocate and to present education opportunities related to the new supply chain law’s implementation. The NACDS Total Store Expo presents an ideal opportunity to help deliver on that objective.”
Each NACDS Total Store Expo Insight Session is crafted to ensure that attendees are receiving helpful information to conduct business on a day-to-day basis on a variety of issues and priorities including healthcare, business and logistics, NACDS stated. In fact, many of the sessions — including Bernstein’s session — may provide crossover into other segments of the industry where both retailers and suppliers benefit from the presentation. To date, 18 Insight Sessions are scheduled during the trade show.
Mars names Debra Sandler chief health and wellbeing officer
MCLEAN, Va. — Mars announced that Debra Sandler has been named chief health and wellbeing officer. Tracey Massey will fill Sandler's previous role as acting president of Mars Chocolate, North America.
The creation of the chief health and wellbeing officer position reflects the priority that health and wellbeing represents for Mars, the company said. It's approach has focused on helping the consumer make well-informed choices, improving the nutritional value of its portfolio, conducting research into nutrition and working to promote active, healthy lifestyles.
“When we reorganized into our business segments in 2008, we concentrated our health-and-wellness efforts within those segments to address the diversity of our product portfolios in chocolate, pet care, food, Wrigley, drinks and Mars Symbioscience,” said Grant F. Reid, co-president of Mars. “Great work has gone on across our businesses under this strategy. This newly created role will help accelerate that progress by creating a comprehensive cross-segment strategy that will drive change across our businesses. Debra will lead our Health & Wellbeing platform through collaboration with our segments and by leveraging our significant lessons learned in this space to date, including depth of consumer insights, data and nutritional research within our segments. Debra has been a change agent in the area of health and wellness, shepherding innovative product options like the lower calorie per pack M&M’s Pretzel variety, demonstrating industry leadership as a member of the Board of the Healthy Weight Commitment and by calling for industry change in her 2013 State of the Industry Speech at the National Confectioner’s Association.”
Sandler joined the company in 2009 as chief consumer officer and was promoted to president of Mars Chocolate North America in 2012. She has a degree in international trade from Hofstra University and an MBA from New York University. Sandler will report to David Kemenetzky, VP corporate affairs and strategic initiatives.
Reid also commented on Massey's appointment as acting president:
“During her time as chocolate CFO, Tracey has demonstrated particular excellence in shaping the vision and strategy, and has led our chocolate growth in emerging markets across the world. Tracey has demonstrated a passion for developing associates and is widely recognized as a unifying leader of the CFOs across the chocolate business. I have complete confidence that she will transition into this new role brilliantly,” Reid said.
LIU Pharmacy appoints new dean
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — LIU Pharmacy, part of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, announced that educator and researcher Dr. John Pezzuto has been named dean of the LIU Pharamacy, effective Jan. 1, 2015. He succeeds Stephen Gross, Ph.D., in the role.
Dr. Pezzuto's current research interests are in the areas of biology-driven natural product drug discover and characterization, with a primary focus on the fields of cancer chemotherapy and cancer chemoprevention, according to the school. He has directed the research of many doctoral students, postdoctoral associates, as well as visiting scholars.
“The LIU community is honored to welcome Dr. Pezzuto to our university,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “A top leader in pharmaceutical education, he brings with him a great understanding of the industry and a passion for research. I am confident Dr. Pezzuto will bring LIU Pharmacy to even higher levels of achievement and provide our students with an excellent education.”
Dr. Pezzuto has been working as the founding dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo since 2006. Prior to that, he served as dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Purdue University in Indiana.
“It is a great honor to join LIU as the next dean of the pharmacy school,” said Dr. Pezzuto. “Being so deeply steeped in history and tradition, this college generates pride and vast opportunity. I have been impressed by the strength of the faculty, the excellence of the students, and the commitment of the administration. I am confident that my experience and background are perfectly suited for helping the College reach the next level of preeminence, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to make this a reality.”