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Report: Fred’s opens TelehealthONE clinic in Miss.

BY DSN STAFF

FLORA, Miss. — News outlets in Miss. are reporting that the first Fred’s with a walk-in telehealth clinic — the result of a partnership between Fred’s and TelehealthONE — opened this morning. Residents who lack transportation, according to reports, will now be able to see a nurse practitioner without having to go to a nearby town, making access to providers more accessible. 
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CVS Health and SU2C stress collaboration in battling cancer

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES  – Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health launched Thursday a new print, radio and digital public service announcement featuring award-winning actress and SU2C Ambassador Julie Bowen.  
 
The PSA, airing this month, aims to bring awareness to the importance of collaboration in the fight against cancer and to encourage the general public to learn more and get involved. 
 
"Like everyone in America, I have friends and family who have been affected by cancer. I know the importance of having the best team possible, working together – whether it's people behind the scenes or those who work directly with the patient as they face a cancer diagnosis," Bowen said. "Through this PSA, we hope to help people realize we all have a part in the battle against cancer. I'm proud to be part of this campaign with Stand Up To Cancer and CVS Health, to help illustrate that it takes a team to accelerate research and to improve cancer survival."
 
CVS Health has committed $10 million to SU2C over three years, supported by an annual in-store campaign. This will be the second year of the in-store fundraising campaign which will be held at CVS/pharmacy locations across the country from Nov. 1 through Nov. 28. 
 
"Cancer has touched nearly all of our lives, and as a pharmacy innovation company, CVS Health is proud to collaborate with Stand Up To Cancer to extend our purpose of helping people on their path to better health," said Helena Foulkes, president, CVS/pharmacy. "Together with our customers and colleagues, we can help support Stand Up To Cancer's mission to bring groundbreaking treatments to patients as quickly as possible and have a positive impact on the lives of people living with cancer." 
 
This PSA, entitled "It's Impossible To Beat Cancer Alone," depicts how it takes a team to conquer cancer. From the researchers behind the development of new treatments, to the many people who directly support patients, such as oncologists, nurses, social workers, volunteers, family and friends, it's a team effort, requiring collaboration, to help cancer patients become long-term cancer survivors. The PSA encourages the public to visit SU2C.org to learn how they can join SU2C and CVS Health in raising funds to support cancer research and get therapies to patients quickly and save lives.  
 
"One of the founding principles of SU2C, is that collaboration is essential, and the progress of our Stand Up To Cancer Dream Teams is a perfect example of how powerful team collaboration is," said SU2C co-founder Sue Schwartz. "We are so grateful and honored to team up with CVS Health in our shared mission to make good health a priority, and to keep spreading the message that each and every one of us can play a part in stopping cancer from taking so many lives."
 
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Smith Drug taps Walmart, McKesson vet as SVP pharmacy solutions

BY David Salazar

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Smith Drug Co. announced Wednesday that it had tapped a former McKesson and Walmart executive as its SVP pharmacy solutions. Brian Purscell joins the company to provide his expertise in market analysis, strategy and development and business growth.

Purscell describes himself as a tech enthusiast, and has developed programs that focused on efficiency and productivity and created the first system that allowed the tracking of pseudoephedrine sales in a retail setting. He also developed a system that could be used in annual controlled substance inventory checks.

“Brian brings a wealth of experience to us,” Smith Drug Co. president Jeff Foreman said. "And that experience will be a great benefit to our customers. … Smith Drug Company will now be better able to assist our customers with staffing optimization, front-end merchandising, niche products and solutions, inventory control, workflow, systems optimization, specialty at retail, quality performance scores and much more. This will help our customers better serve their patients, increase their sales and grow their bottom line.”

Purscell started as a pharmacist in Ankeny, Iowa at Peoples Drug before moving on to work at McKesson and Walmart. At Walmart he was recognized for his work in the design and implementation of predictive prescription replenishment system, as well as improving pharmacy operations and increasing sales by using market analysis. Now he has moved to Spartaburg to start his career at Smith Drug Co.

“I am thrilled to be part of Smith Drug Co.,” Purscell said. “The business of pharmacy, of health care overall, is rapidly changing, and this means there are great opportunities for independent pharmacies to excel in what they have always done best — offer personalized care to patients in their own communities. Smith Drug Company believes, as I do, that independent pharmacies are unique, and incredibly important in the pharmacy landscape. I am looking forward to working with our customers and developing solutions with them that will ensure their success.”

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