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Third annual NACDS RxImpact Day in full swing

BY DSN STAFF

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Capitol Hill will turn into a sea of white lab coats Wednesday and Thursday as more than 350 pharmacy advocates from almost 40 states visit Washington for the third annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact Day, NACDS said Wednesday.

The event will include pharmacy and retail executives, division and store managers, pharmacists, pharmacy school deans and students advocating on behalf of pharmacy to members of Congress.

“NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill demonstrates the excitement, enthusiasm and active engagement of pharmacy — the face of neighborhood health care,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “In the third year of this well-attended event, NACDS RxImpact Day continues to build momentum for pro-patient and pro-pharmacy public policy, and is a strong testament to pharmacy’s future health and well-being.”

In addition to RxImpact Day itself, NACDS also sponsors training sessions to teach participants how to advocate on behalf of pharmacy to lawmakers, tours of pharmacies for members of Congress that expose them to how pharmacists help patients improve their health, and action alerts designed to influence advocates when issues emerge.

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Pyott steps in as Allergan’s president

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINE, Calif. — Allergan reappointed David Pyott as president earlier this week, adding to his role as chairman and CEO. Pyott will succeed Michael Ball, who has accepted the position of CEO at Hospira, a specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, Allergan reported.

The changeover takes place March 27.

“[Ball] has continuously made significant contributions to the success of Allergan during his 16 years of service and has been a key partner since I arrived in January 1998,” stated Pyott. “His appointment as chief executive officer of Hospira is a testament to his many skills and his leadership capabilities. We wish him much success in the next stage of his career.”

Pyott’s role as president is not an interim position as Allergan does not currently plan to name a new president, the company reported.

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HDMA salutes Cardinal Health executive with award

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Tuesday honored Neil Warren of Cardinal Health with its Distribution Management Award for Career Achievement.

The award, presented at the HDMA’s 2011 Distribution Management Conference and Technology Expo in Tampa, Fla., recognizes a distribution industry professional with at least 15 years of service who demonstrates the highest standards of integrity, has made significant contributions to the healthcare distribution industry and is respected by peers and trading partners.

Throughout his 25-year career in healthcare distribution, including the last 15 years at Cardinal Health, Warren has worked to foster effective and collaborative trading partner relationships and develop innovative solutions to enhance supply chain security and efficiency, HDMA stated.

In the past 10 years as VP industry and supplier relations, he has served as a trusted point of contact for all of Cardinal Health’s suppliers, including branded, generic and consumer health manufacturers. Over the years, he has assisted in developing creative programs to drive supplier behavior and value-added solutions for trading partners, and has excelled in welcoming new suppliers and advising them on how best to collaborate with Cardinal Health to successfully launch new products.

Warren also is known and respected for his extensive knowledge around a variety of critical industry topics, including bar coding, pedigree, returns, supply chain integrity and other legislative affairs.

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