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Pharmaca helps almost 400,000 children use supplements through Vitamin Angel donations

BY Michael Johnsen

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Monday announced that it has served nearly 400,000 children through its partnership with Vitamin Angels. Donations have added up to $98,000 since the start of the partnership in 2004, enough money to serve more than 395,000 people.      

“Pharmaca has been one of our longest and most consistent contributors,” stated Brittany Andrews, account manager for Vitamin Angels. “Pharmaca’s highly trained staff truly understands the value and importance of essential nutrients. They are not only passionate about the health of their customers, but also about ensuring the health and wellbeing of children around the world.”

“From the start, we have felt strongly about sharing the gift of healthy living with people far and wide — not just with our customers,” said Don Summerfield, Pharmaca’s VP integrative medicine. “Vitamin Angels has been the perfect partner in this venture, and we’re so happy we have been able to contribute to their important work.”

Pharmaca collects donations for Vitamin Angels throughout the year, and runs several special promotions each year to encourage customer donations. Pharmaca hopes to reach another 80,000 children in 2014.  

 

 

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Health insurance information to be made available on SoloHealth kiosks

BY Michael Johnsen

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — SoloHealth and eHealth, parent company of eHealthInsurance, on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership to help expand consumer awareness and enrollment in individual, family and Medicare health insurance plans. 

The partnership makes eHealth’s plan selection and comparison tools available, in selected geographies, to many of the more than 130,000 people who use the SoloHealth Stations every day across America. SoloHealth Station users will be able to explore their health insurance options via eHealthInsurance.com.

“We are excited to partner with eHealth to make insurance options more easily available and accessible to our consumers engaging daily with our SoloHealth Stations across the nation,” stated Bart Foster, CEO SoloHealth. “With state health insurance marketplaces opening today, we are pleased to be part of spreading awareness and information to empower consumers to take control of their healthcare and find plans that fit their personal needs.”

“We’re pleased to be partnering with SoloHealth, whose convenient, easy-to-use kiosks engage with millions of consumers in a contextually relevant manner when health care is top of mind,” commented Bill Shaughnessy, president and COO eHealth. “The Affordable Care Act is expected to expand health insurance access to more Americans, and consumers need to have simple and effective tools to better understand their options and enroll in the individual, family and Medicare plans that best meet their needs.”

 

 

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HDMA re-elects chair and vice chair, names two new board members

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Tuesday announced the re-election of David Neu, president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. as chairman of its board of directors. Ted Scherr, president and CEO of Dakota Drug, also was re-elected as vice chairman.  

Additionally, HDMA welcomed two members to the Board. Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical, was elected to replace Paul Julian, EVP and group president of McKesson Corporation, on the board and executive committee. 

And Mary Tim Smith, CFO R&S Northeast, was elected to replace Greg Duche, CEO R&S Northeast.   

“We are pleased to have Dave and Ted continue on as chairman and vice chairman; both bring a wealth of leadership experience to their roles,” stated HDMA president and CEO John Gray. “I also want to welcome Mark and Mary to their new positions, and thank Paul Julian and Greg Duche for their years of service. With a variety of issues now facing the distribution industry, the board will have no shortage of discussions on critical supply chain and legislative priorities.”

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