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PTCB executive director, CEO steps down

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Melissa Murer Corrigan, executive director and CEO of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, is leaving the organization in late November, PTCB’s board of governors announced Thursday.

Associate executive director William Schimmel will serve as interim executive director, PTCB said, adding that it will initiate a search for a new leader. Murer Corrigan is leaving PTCB to serve as ACT’s workforce development division as VP development. ACT is an independent nonprofit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development, according to ACT’s website.

The PTCB was formed in 1994 under Murer Corrigan’s leadership and has certified more than 400,000 pharmacy technicians nationwide.

"On behalf of the PTCB board of governors, I congratulate Melissa on her new position," PTCB board of governors chairman Thomas Menighan said. "As the organization transitions, we remain confident in the high stakes and high volume PTCB Certification Program and its role to support pharmacists in advancing patient safety."

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Jewel-Osco brings back hunger relief campaign

BY Allison Cerra

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco is looking to support Hunger Action Month by once again launching a campaign that will benefit multiple food banks in Illinois and Indiana.

The Give a Little, Feed a Lot campaign will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, the Midwest Food Bank, the River Bend Foodbank and dozens of local pantries. During the campaign, customers can make monetary donations at store registers, as well as food contributions in specially marked bins. All donations will benefit the food banks and local pantries, the Supervalu banner said.

Last year, the Give a Little, Feed a Lot campaign raised more than $2 million in combined food and cash donations.

“Hunger relief is a top corporate social responsibility issue for our company,” Jewel-Osco president Brian Huff said. “So ‘Give a Little, Feed a Lot’ is a great opportunity for us to work with our food bank partners and others in the community, to help people in need in this challenging economy.”

In related news, Cub Foods, a Supervalu banner based in Minnesota, said it also would launch the Give a Little, Feed a Lot campaign to benefit Minnesota food pantries.

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Rite Aid comps increase 2.5% in August

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Same-store sales at Rite Aid increased by 2.5% for the month of August compared with August 2010, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

This included a 2.9% increase in front-end same-store sales — including 1.5% coming from sales related to Hurricane Irene — and a 2.3% increase in pharmacy same-store sales, offset by 132 basis points, due to new generic introductions.

Total drug store sales for the five-week period increased 2.5% to $2.4 billion, compared with $2.3 billion during the same period last year. Prescription revenue accounted for 68.2% of drug store sales, and third-party prescription revenue represented 96.4% of pharmacy sales.

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