Rite Aid kicks off annual Favorite Pharmacist program
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Wednesday announced its sixth annual Favorite Pharmacist program — a program where Rite Aid patients can nominate their favorite pharmacists — in correlation with American Pharmacists Month.
Patients who vote will be entered into a random drawing where one Rite Aid customer will win $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards.
“There’s no better time to honor our pharmacists than American Pharmacists Month,” stated Robert Thompson, Rite Aid EVP pharmacy. “Earlier this year, in West Babylon, N.Y., [Rite Aid] pharmacy manager Katerina Stefanou was counseling a patient on blood pressure medication when she noticed he was unsteady and had red eyes,” Thompson said. “[Stefanou] took his blood pressure, which was high, and immediately called an ambulance. Her quick thinking helped her patient avoid a possible stroke. That’s just one example of how our pharmacists are making a difference in the lives of their patients.”
FDA scientists consider HIV treatment safe as first-line treatment
WASHINGTON A drug made by Pfizer for treating HIV is safe for patients who have not taken other drugs, according to briefing documents posted online Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.
Scientists at the FDA appear to favor approval for the new use of Selzentry (maraviroc), currently approved as a second-line treatment for HIV patients.
On Thursday, the briefing information will go before the FDA’s Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee, which will decide whether or not to recommend approval. Advisory committees’ recommendations do not guarantee approval or rejection of a regulatory application, but they are taken into consideration when the FDA makes its final decision.
Emerson Group announces two new hires
WAYNE, Pa. A consumer products equity organization has added two employees to its staff.
Emerson Group announced Monday the addition of Rob Hurd and Kevin Rasmussen to the company effective Oct. 12.
Hurd’s responsibilities will include Walmart and Kmart customer management, as well as contributing to the strategic areas of category management and client business development. He comes to Emerson from Dentek Oral Care where he was sales director (West), responsible for all account management efforts for the Dentek brand. Rob also spent 10 years at Bayer Consumer Care where he most recently led the Walmart category management team responsible for all efforts in support of Bayer brands and the cough/cold advisor position. Prior to Bayer, Hurd worked for Revlon and P&G in various field sales roles.
Meanwhile, Rasmussen’s responsibilities with the Emerson Group will include managing Shopko, Hy-Vee, Roundy’s and several other Midwest regional food and drug retailers. Kevin comes to the Emerson Group from Target Corp. where he was most recently positioned on the financial side of Target’s operations. He has also extensive experience in pharmacy/OTC as a merchandise specialist.
“We’re very pleased about having Rob and Kevin on the Emerson team. Their contributions will only improve the quality and depth of the service we offer our business partners as well as enhance our presence within our retailers,” said Rick Wellinger, president of the Emerson Group.