Rite Aid appoints pharmacy division executive as group VP managed care
Rite Aid has promoted Tammy Royer to group VP managed care, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.
Royer, who has nearly 20 years of experience and has lately worked in the company’s pharmacy division, will oversee all aspects of managed care, including contracting, maintaining relationships with managed-care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers and third-party payers and developing new strategic partnerships, reporting to SVP pharmacy services Chris Hall. Royer began working for Rite Aid as a pharmacist in 1996.
"Tammy is a valued member of Rite Aid’s pharmacy team who has made significant contributions across several functional areas of our pharmacy division, helping us grow our business and enhance our customer experience," Hall said. "We look forward to further benefitting from her knowledge and expertise and are confident she’ll continue to deliver strong results in her new position as she and her team effectively execute our managed care strategy."
HoMedics launches Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Relief Pad, a TENS device
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — HoMedics on Tuesday announced the launch of its Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Relief Pad, a wireless, portable Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) device to be sold over the counter. The device is designed to instantly block the nerve pathway from transmitting pain signals from sore and aching muscles.
Rapid Relief works by emitting a controlled micro-electronic current, called impulses, through the skin to block the nerves from transmitting pain signals to the body’s pain center. "For years, doctors, physical therapists and others have been using TENS devices to treat pain," stated HoMedics spokesman Brian Elsemore. "It’s as simple to use as ‘apply where it hurts,’ with no drugs, no shots, no wires and no worries about messy applications."
Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Relief Pad is available in two models: one specifically calibrated to deliver quick relief to the lower back and another to deliver relief to the arms and legs. The Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Pad retails for $29.99. Two sets of replacement Rapid Relief Gels, sold separately in the pain relief aisle, retail for a suggested $9.99.
The replaceable battery and Rapid Relief Gels are good for up to 50 20-minute treatments.
AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens officially kick off new 10-year distribution deal
DEERFIELD, Ill. — AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens on Tuesday officially launched the previously announced 10-year relationship to distribute pharmaceuticals to more than 8,100 Walgreens locations across the country. With today’s launch, AmerisourceBergen becomes the primary supplier of brand pharmaceutical products across all of Walgreens locations, the wholesaler stated. In the coming months, AmerisourceBergen will assume primary distribution of all generic products to Walgreens.
“We are proud to launch a major operational phase of our new distribution agreement with Walgreens today,” stated Steve Collis, president and CEO AmerisourceBergen. “Our partnership with Walgreens marks the largest distribution deal of its kind within the pharmaceutical industry, and we are confident our teams will execute operations seamlessly to supply the millions of Walgreens customers with brand and generic pharmaceutical products.”
The agreement outlines a 10-year comprehensive primary pharmaceutical distribution contract between AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens. AmerisourceBergen also will have access to global sourcing for generic drugs and related pharmaceutical products through the joint venture between Walgreens and Alliance Boots.
“Today marks a significant milestone as we expand our relationship with AmerisourceBergen to form a collaborative wholesale-retail model in the United States,” said Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. “AmerisourceBergen’s leadership in distribution and emphasis on community pharmacy, health systems and alternate sites of care aligns perfectly with our goal to transform the role of community pharmacy.”
Collis and Wasson will highlight the launch of the agreement implementation during a series of events in the greater Chicago area. Collis and Wasson will make local stops at the Joint Command Center in Deerfield, Ill., before traveling to the Naperville, Ill., area to visit the Customer Care Center and a Walgreens “Well Experience” store, followed by a tour of the local distribution center.