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OSI Pharmaceuticals taps former Rite Aid exec Legault for exec VP

BY Michael Johnsen

MELVILLE, N.Y. OSI Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday named former Rite Aid executive Pierre Legault as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective Dec. 29.

Legault will report to OSI chief executive officer Colin Goddard.

“We are delighted that [Legault] is joining the OSI team,” Goddard said. “[Legault] has led finance and business teams in companies throughout the healthcare industry ranging from large pharma to major retail pharmacy chains and we are confident that, with his extensive financial and management experience, he will be a significant contributor to this company’s future growth and success.”

Legault succeeds Michael Atieh, who will be stepping down from the CFO position on Dec. 29, pending his previously announced retirement which will now occur effective Jan. 5.

Legault, 48, was most recently at Rite Aid Corporation where he was senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer following his role in the 2007 merger of Eckerd into Rite Aid. Prior to Rite Aid, Legault served as executive vice president of the Jean Coutu Group, running its Brooks Eckerd operations in the United States from January 2006 until June 2007. Legault also has more than 16 years of senior management experience in the pharmaceutical industry including several senior positions at sanofi-aventis and Aventis.

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Take Care opens three clinics in New Orleans area

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, announced on Monday that it has opened three retail-based clinics in New Orleans, marking the first Take Care Clinics in the state of Louisiana.

Additional locations are slated to open in New Orleans in early 2009.

“We are excited to bring high-quality, affordable care to the citizens of New Orleans,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We have watched this city overcome incredible obstacles in the past few years and we feel that its residents will greatly benefit from the increased access to health care offered by Take Care Clinics. Nearly one million patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we are proud to expand into New Orleans as part of our continued growth.”

Last year, Walgreens celebrated the opening of its 6,000th pharmacy location nationwide in New Orleans and has historically maintained a strong presence in the city.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 312 clinics in 18 states.

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Medicine Shoppe teams with ADA on American Diabetes Month activities

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A retail pharmacy chain and the American Diabetes Association are collaborating to mark American Diabetes Month with free cards listing healthy recipes for people with diabetes.

Medicine Shoppe will distribute the cards, partially funded by Bayer HealthCare, listing 10 recipes that the ADA has approved as safe for diabetics, including chicken, turkey, potato, sausage and vegetable dishes.

The cards, titled the “Live Health Nutritional Recipe Cards,” list nutrition information and serving sizes for each recipe.

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