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NCPA announces 2016 dates for its Ownership Workshop program

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday announced the 2016 dates for its Ownership Workshop program, sponsored by McKesson Corporation, to help pharmacists realize the dream of owning an independent community pharmacy.
 
The Ownership Workshops will be conducted March 12-14 in Phoenix; June 3-5 in Memphis, Tenn.; and Oct. 13-15 in New Orleans. Each session features expert industry consultants and veterans to address many, if not all, of the factors that go into operating a successful independent community pharmacy. Attendees will obtain up to 21 contact hours of continuing education. 
 
More than 50% of past workshop participants now own a community pharmacy. 
 
“The Ownership Workshop program is a proven, successful step-by-step training for future community pharmacy owners,” stated Bradley Arthur, NCPA president. “Many current pharmacy owners also attend to brush up their skills and say their pharmacies are stronger because of it," he said. “NCPA deeply appreciates the recent decision by the McKesson Corporation to continue sponsoring this essential program through 2020. McKesson’s support demonstrates its commitment to helping independent community pharmacies succeed.”
 
“McKesson is proud to partner with NCPA and continue to support our shared goals of helping independent pharmacies thrive,” said Chris Cella, national VP, RxOwnership. “The Ownership Workshops are valuable sessions in helping community pharmacists thrive in today’s business world.”
 
“The days spent with my fellow future pharmacy owners and with the specialists in every area of pharmacy ownership was awesome,” said 2015 workshop attendee Denise Saul. “I learned a great deal, from A-Z of pharmacy ownership, and having my many questions answered by the experts was invaluable.”
 
 
 
 
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Save-A-Lot names Canadian retailer CEO in preparation for possible spinoff

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS – Supervalu on Wednesday announced Eric Claus has been named the CEO of Save-A-Lot, the company’s hard-discount grocery segment. Claus, 59, joins the company after spending the past two-plus years as the chairman, president and CEO of Red Apple Stores, a chain of value retail stores in Canada. 
 
“I’m very pleased that Eric is joining our Supervalu team to serve as CEO of Save-A-Lot,” stated Sam Duncan, Supervalu president and CEO. “He has a great background in food retailing, and is a smart and charismatic leader. His strengths in and experience with the hard discount format as well as his history leading retail companies will be important as we look to finish our fiscal year strong and as we continue to position Save-A-Lot for the future.”
 
“Eric brings tremendous experience to Save-A-Lot," added Jerry Storch, Supervalu non-executive chairman. "The Supervalu board of directors is looking forward to Eric adding his strategic and long-term planning capabilities to the Company and working together on our continued exploration of a potential separation of Save-A-Lot.”
 
Claus is expected to start in his role with Save-A-Lot on or before Jan. 4, 2016.
 
Supervalu also announced that, effective with the start of Claus’ employment with the company, Ritchie Casteel will serve as president of Save-A-Lot, reporting to Claus, and will continue to oversee day-to-day store operations while working closely with Claus on Save-A-Lot’s market development, store growth plans and preparation for the possible spin-off of Save-A-Lot.
 
Claus has spent more than 30 years in the retail industry with career stops in both the United States and Canada, where he has gained deep experience in both hard discount and grocery retail. He has served as CEO for Co-Op Atlantic, president and CEO at the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), first in the Canadian division and then overseeing the U.S. operations from 2005-2009, and as an advisor to private equity firms on the retail and consumable goods industry. 
 
 
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GPhA weighs in on FDA’s proposed quality metrics

BY David Salazar

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is currently proposing a new quality metrics program to ensure safety and quality of generic drugs. In response to the proposed guidelines, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association’s SVP sciences and regulatory affairs, David Gaugh, issued a statement. 

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Though Gaugh and GPhA support risk-based inspections to improve quality of products, he also notes that the proposed rules may go too far. 
 
“The agency’s proposed quality metrics program exceeds its statutory authority and could require manufacturers to make significant and unsubstantiated changes with potential to disrupt the manufacturing process, making it harder to ensure timely access to safe and effective generic drugs,” Gaugh said. 
 
He noted that GPhA and other industry associations have urged the FDA in separate statements to avoid ambiguity in quality metrics and consider additional moves that would ensure that proposed changes won’t disrupt supply. Gaugh offers the example of a phased approach that would allow the FDA to maximize the knowledge both the industry and FDA can acquire while minimizing burdens on manufacturers. Gaugh says a phased approach would also allow manufacturers time to build infrastructure to comply with inspections. 
 
“A well-designed quality metrics program can lead to a proactive system where the FDA and industry can continue to collaborate and improve drug quality,” Gaugh said. “Working together, the industry and the FDA can refine quality metrics to help ensure that new treatments can be developed and that safe and effective generic drugs can continue to expand access and increase health savings for millions of people.” 

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