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Rexall taps savvy vet Kelly for top merchant role

BY Rob Eder

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Drug Store News has learned that Mary Kelly has been appointed EVP and chief merchandising officer at Rexall Pharma Plus. Kelly, who has more than 26 years experience leading business teams in Canada and the United States, joins the company after four years at Shoppers Drug Mart, most recently as EVP, merchandising and category management. Prior to that, Kelly served 17 years at Target in a  variety of key leadership positions in merchandising and pharmacy, and at Revco Drug Stores and Eli Lilly before that.  

"Mary has a wealth of experience in the drug retail industry and we’re excited to have her join our team," noted Rexall Pharma Plus CEO Frank Scorpiniti. "Mary will be an integral contributor as we continue to activate our enhanced brand and customer experience." 

In addition, the company also announced that Patrick Heffernan has joined as VP merchandising. Heffernan — who comes to Rexall from Lawton Drugs/Sobeys Pharmacy Group, where he spent eight years in the role of senior director of merchandising and marketing — has more than 18 years of management and operations experience, creating strategic merchandising and marketing plans. Heffernan will lead the category management team in developing and delivering strategies to continue driving front shop results. 


 

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CVS Caremark extends thanks to pharmacists in recognition of American Pharmacists Month

BY Alaric DeArment

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is recognizing its pharmacists’ efforts to improve patient care as part of American Pharmacists Month, which is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association and lasts through October, the company said Thursday.

CVS singled out the services its 26,000 pharmacists provide, saying they lower healthcare costs every day in its retail, mail service and specialty pharmacies. These include immunizations; providing information about health insurance options available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the Pharmacy Advisor program, which addresses medication adherence problems and identifies gaps in care to improve health among patients with chronic diseases; and a mail service pharmacy and customer service center in Illinois that combines technology and human expertise.

"CVS Caremark is focused on finding new and innovative ways to reinvent pharmacy in order to better serve our customers, and our pharmacists play a critical role in that process," CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo said. "The healthcare landscape in our nation is changing, and pharmacists are no longer simply dispensing medication. Our pharmacists are also providing important healthcare services through innovative programs and services across our practice settings."

In addition to American Pharmacists Month, CVS Caremark will also mark National Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 22 in recognition of the 50,000 pharmacy technicians it employs.

 

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Shot@Life program ambassador Amanda Peet gets flu shot in NYC Walgreens to support ‘Get a Shot, Give a Shot’

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In preparation for flu season, actress Amanda Peet, ambassador of the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program, received her annual flu shot at Walgreens’ flagship store in New York City to support its "Get a Shot, Give a Shot" campaign.

As a mother, actress and ambassador to the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program, Peet spoke about the importance of providing life-saving vaccinations to children in need across the globe. 

Walgreens has partnered with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to provide up to 3 million vaccines to children in need to help protect against such diseases as measles, pneumonia, polio and rotavirus. From now through Oct. 14, Walgreens will donate the value of one life-saving vaccine to children in developing countries for every flu shot or other vaccine administered at its pharmacies, or Healthcare clinic or Duane Reade pharmacy across the country.

 

 

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