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NACDS, U.S. Pain Foundation discuss Rx abuse, access in joint op-ed

BY Antoinette Alexander

TAMPA, Fla. — The complex issue of prescription drug abuse and access are not receiving the comprehensive approach that they deserve and greater collaboration is needed among all stakeholders to help find solutions. That was a key message that National Association of Chain Drug Stores CEO Steve Anderson and U.S. Pain Foundation president Paul Gileno shared in a joint op-ed published Tuesday in The Tampa Tribune.

“The reality is this: These issues require the insights and expertise of health authorities, law enforcement, patient advocates, prescribers, pharmacists and other stakeholders alike. All parties will not agree on every aspect of these topics, but their diverse perspectives are needed to create workable solutions. Those perspectives are not being leveraged today,” Anderson and Gileno stated.

The op-ed also stressed the importance of The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015.

“In Congress, The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015 (S. 482 and H.R. 471) would establish a framework to benefit from collaboration between government agencies and patient and provider groups. Without a concerted effort to bring enforcement and health care together to find a workable solution, problems related to drug abuse and access will fester,” Anderson and Gileno wrote.

Click here to read the entire op-ed.
 

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Southeastern Grocers becomes new moniker for Bi-Lo Holdings

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bi-Lo Holdings on Monday made it official – the company henceforth will be known as Southeastern Grocers, according to a report in the Jacksonville Business Journal. Bi-Lo Holdings, which operates grocery stores under the banners Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie and Harvey's Supermarket, had planned to adopt that name with its initial public offering in 2013. However, that IPO proposal was later withdrawn. 
 
According to DSN's Annual PoweRx Industry Ratings, the newly branded Southeastern Grocers had 2014 sales of $11.3 billion and pharmacy sales of $926.6 million. All told, Southeastern Groceries operates 790 stores and 527 pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 
 
The new name comes with a new leader – international turnaround expert Ian McLeod assumed the reigns of the operation in March. McLeod, who also has experience in the United Kingdom and Germany, most recently served as managing director for Australia’s 2,200 Coles food, liquor and convenience stores, including more than 760 full-service supermarkets, growing sales from $23.2 billion to $35.2 billion, doubling profits over six years and outperforming the market for 20 consecutive quarters. 
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CVS/pharmacy to launch new ‘CVSCash’ promotion for ExtraCare members

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is celebrating the unofficial start of the summer season with its “CVSCash Card” promotion that rewards its loyal customers with a little extra cash.

From May 24 through June 20, ExtraCare members can earn a $10 "CVSCash Card" by spending $30 on more than 100 participating products each week of the promotion, including personal care products, household items and summer essentials.

"This promotion is one example of how we are rewarding our loyal customers simply for shopping at CVS/pharmacy," state Judy Sansone, SVP, front store business for CVS/pharmacy. "Summer is a busy time for many families and our goal is to provide personalized savings that ultimately make shoppers' lives simpler."

Customers can find the qualifying products beginning May 24 in the weekly print circular, by visiting myWeekly Ad, the personalized digital version of the weekly circular available on CVS.com and via the CVS/pharmacy Mobile app, or through in-store signage in the seasonal aisle at select locations. All qualifying products will be tagged with a "CVSCash Card" icon to make them easily identifiable.  

Once ExtraCare customers reach a spend of $30 on participating products, a special coupon will print on their receipt that can be redeemed immediately in store for a special $10 gift card to be used on nearly anything sold at CVS/pharmacy stores. There is a limit of one $10 CVSCash card per week for each ExtraCare cardholder.

In addition to this promotion, shoppers are encouraged to register for ExtraCare email and check the CVS/pharmacy mobile app all summer long for extra customized savings they can instantly and digitally send to their cards to save even more.

 

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