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Rite Aid’s de Bruin turns in resignation notice

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Five days following the announcement that John Standley rejoined the Rite Aid team, Mark de Bruin on Tuesday informed Rite Aid he would resign, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

De Bruin oversaw pharmacy purchasing, pharmacy acquisitions, managed care, government affairs and pharmacy business development. All of those departments will now report to Standley, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer, until a successor is appointed, the company stated.

During an investor conference call on the day Standley joined the company, Rite Aid announced that it had moved its pharmacy operations responsibilities to executive vice president of store operations Brian Fiala. “[This] will lead to more cohesive management and better performance in the stores,” Mary Sammons, chairman and chief executive officer for Rite Aid, told analysts.

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Albertsons begins $4.99 generic prescription drug program

BY Jenna Duncan

BOISE, Idaho Albertsons today announced the launch of Albertsons Rx-tra Savings prescription discount program. The membership-based program offers 30-day supplies of more than 500 generic prescription drugs for $4.99. Albertsons pharmacies are also discontinuing the “Meet or Beat” pricing program, the company said.

Generic drugs included in the program include treatments for asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues.

To join the program, members can pay a one-time $10 fee at the pharmacy to cover all members of the household. To launch the program, for a limited time Albertson’s is giving away $10 Albertsons gift certificates to those who sign up. 

Albertsons operates 250 units in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.

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APhA encourages more patient-pharmacist communication

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON The American Pharmacists Association is urging customers to get to know their pharmacists for American Pharmacists Month, APhA said Wednesday.

“Pharmacists are on the frontlines of helping patients get the most out of their medications,” APhA chief executive officer and executive vice president John Gans said.

 

“As our population ages, and more people become dependent on medications than ever before, pharmacists will play an increasingly prevalent role on the healthcare team and in improving medication use and advancing patient care.”

An APhA survey has shown that almost 70 percent of consumers don’t know their pharmacists’ names, so during its campaign, the organization plans to “underscore the link between knowing your pharmacist and the safe and effective use of medications” and inform consumers of some of the patient-care services that pharmacists offer.

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