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Walgreens, APhA partner on substance abuse education program

BY Michael Johnsen
WASHINGTON – Walgreens and the American Pharmacists Association on Tuesday announced a collaboration that expands Walgreens efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. Through this collaboration, the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies will continue to offer a substance abuse education program for pharmacists and student pharmacists.
 
“As a pharmacy, we are committed to playing a role in what must be a comprehensive solution to prevent addiction and prescription drug abuse throughout the country," stated Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president pharmacy and retail operations. "Our work with APhA, together with Walgreens programs that specifically target opioid abuse, will go a long way to help address the epidemics of prescription drug misuse and heroin overdoses.”
 
The collaboration with APhA is the latest step Walgreens is taking to fight prescription drug abuse. In February, Walgreens announced it will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drug stores around the country in the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer. The kiosks will make the disposal of medications — including opioids and other controlled substances — easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths. 
 
At the same time, Walgreens also announced it will make naloxone available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. Both initiatives are rolling out state-by-state throughout this year.
 
The four-day educational program will be conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah (June 3-6, 2016) and will provide vital information and resources on the disease of addiction.
 
 
 

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MinuteClinic opens seven locations in Northern Virginia

BY Michael Johnsen
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, has opened new locations inside Target stores in Northern Virginia. The clinics – located in seven stores in Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church, Gainesville, Leesburg, Manassas and Sterling – have been rebranded and converted to MinuteClinic. 
 
There are now 31 MinuteClinic locations in Northern Virginia and 52 in the DC Metro area, including clinics in CVS Pharmacy stores. 
 
"The new MinuteClinic locations inside Target will offer the same scope of services available to patients at all our other clinics in Virginia, the D.C. Metro area and nationwide," said Andrew Sussman, president of CVS MinuteClinic, and EVP and associate chief medical officer of CVS Health. "In addition, some services will be new to Target guests, including treatment for minor sprains and strains, contraceptive care, smoking cessation counseling, and weight loss assessment and coaching." 
 
In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies (1,672 locations across 47 states) and retail clinics (79 locations in seven states). Target-based pharmacy locations are being rebranded CVS Pharmacy over the next several months and will operate through a store-within-a-store format. Target clinic locations are being rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months as well.  
 
 
 

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GMA to honor Publix leader with Hall of Achievement Award

BY Gina Acosta

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has named Ed Crenshaw of Publix Super Markets as the recipient of the GMA Hall of Achievement Award.

The Hall of Achievement Award, GMA’s highest honor, recognizes the service and extraordinary contributions of distinguished food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry leaders. Crenshaw, who retired earlier this year as Publix CEO, will be presented with the award at GMA’s Leadership Forum in July at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

“Ed Crenshaw is a giant in our industry and a true gentleman, respected by colleagues and competitors for his innovative leadership of Publix, his commitment to collaboration, and his dedication to customer service and to his employees,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. ”It will be an honor for GMA to present him with the 2016 Hall of Achievement Award.”

Publix, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, operates over 1,100 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The company has been honored as one of the top 100 companies to work for in America and recognized as one of America's most admired companies.

Crenshaw joined Publix Super Markets in 1974 as a stock clerk, and worked in all areas of store operations, including store manager as well as buying and retail operations.  He paved the way for the company’s expansion across state lines as Vice President for the Atlanta Division, and became Executive Vice President of Retail in 1994, President in 1996, and took over as CEO in 2008. In the community, Crenshaw has served with the Kidney Foundation of Central Florida, the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, the Polk County Museum of Art, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, the Polk County School Board Business Commission, and the Lakeland Regional Medical Center.  He is chair of the Board of Overseers for the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College, and is a member of Florida’s Council of 100. He has served on the board of GS1-US and is a member of the board of the Food Marketing Institute.

A native of Mineral Wells, Texas, Crenshaw graduated from Baylor University in Waco.  He and his wife Denise have two adult children and three grandchildren.

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