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Specialty pharmacy network ExceleraRx names president and CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — ExceleraRx, a national specialty pharmacy network, last week named James Fox as its president and CEO, effective Sept. 1.
 
“Jim Fox is absolutely the right choice to serve as president and CEO of this innovative organization that’s leading the way in specialty pharmacy services,” stated Nick Barto, SVP Catholic Health Initiatives based in Englewood, Colo., who led the ExceleraRx board search committee. “Under Jim’s leadership, Excelera will effectively support its members in developing and operating specialty pharmacies that improve patient care and reduce the total cost of care.”
 
Fox, with more than 35 years of executive leadership experience in health care, has served as CFO for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, where he played a role in the start-up and operations of Fairview Pharmacy Services. Most recently, he has been partnered with national organizations, including Excelera, to develop innovative healthcare services.
 
“I have had the privilege of working with Jim for many years and the opportunity to see his leadership in action,” said Bert Zimmerli, the board chair of ExceleraRx and EVP and CFO Intermountain Healthcare. “His comprehensive knowledge of health care, relentless focus on results, and high integrity make him the ideal leader for the Excelera organization at this time.”
 
The Excelera network creates national-scale efficiency and negotiates on behalf of its member organizations to remove barriers to specialty drug access and monitoring. Patients and providers of Excelera network members benefit from a member-owned specialty pharmacy integrated into their care team that can easily access specialty pharmaceuticals and that knows the patient’s care plan.
 
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Wilhelm Scream pumpkin ale available at retail for limited time

BY Antoinette Alexander

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Magic Hat Brewing Co. recently released Wilhelm Scream, its first-ever pumpkin ale that's named for the iconic scream sound effect that's been used in more than 200 movies.

Ripe with flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel hops, this new beer boasts 5.4% ABV and 20 IBUs.

Wilhelm Scream is available on draft and in 12 oz. bottle six-packs, 12-packs and variety packs at select retailers across the country.  The seasonal brew will only be available for a very limited time through October.
 
 

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Meijer stresses now is the best time to get flu shot

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Drug Store on Tuesday announced the availability of this season's annual flu shot, noting that the back-to-school season is an ideal time to get vaccinated against influenza. 
 
"The best time to get a flu shot is not October, but actually before or soon after school starts," stated Nat Love, Meijer Drug Store VP. "Once classes begin, kids can literally bring viruses into your home every day, and it becomes difficult to keep influenza from spreading throughout the whole family. There is no expiration date to receiving a flu shot, so the sooner you get your flu shot, the better chance you have of staying healthy."
 
Meijer anticipates administering 30% more flu shots this season than last, Love reported.
 
While H1N1 is still the most dominant strain this coming season, Love said walk-in services and new options for flu shots at retailers like Meijer are making it easier — and more appealing — for families to get vaccinated. Meijer operates 213 pharmacies in its supercenters throughout the Midwest, all of which administer the vaccine without an appointment during pharmacy hours and accept most major insurance plans. 
 
Depending on age, health status and state regulations, Meijer pharmacies offer a variety of vaccine options that include:
 
  • Fluvirin/Fluzone: Vaccines injected in the arm for $27.99;
  • FluMist: Nasal spray by request for $32.99;
  • Fluzone HD: For patients 65 years and older that are typically covered by Medicare Part B for $56; and
  • Fluzone Quadrivalent — the new vaccine that covers the four major strains of influenza — for patients, ages 5 years to 49 years, for $32.99.
 
Getting a flu shot, as well as other immunizations offered at Meijer, may count as prescription credits in its new mPerks Pharmacy Rewards Program, which allows customers to earn savings on shopping and gas purchases, the company noted. 
 
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