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Walgreens elevates Miquelon, Spina, caps overhaul of merchandising unit

BY Jim Frederick

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens said late Friday it has promoted several key executives in finance, corporate strategy and other areas, and completed the overhaul of its merchandising management team by hiring Wal-Mart veteran Steve Broughton to oversee the consumables category.

The promotions involve Wade Miquelon, elevated to EVP and CFO; and John Spina, named corporate VP of retail integration and new format development. Both promotions were effective July 1.

Miquelon, 44, is a relative newcomer to the 6,902-store drug chain and health services giant. He joined Walgreens as senior VP and CFO in June 2008, and will continue to oversee accounting, tax and treasury functions, including investor relations.

“In the short time he’s been with Walgreens, Wade has delivered tremendous value while bringing effective change that’s showing results,” said Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson. “We’re pleased to recognize his work and the value he brings to the leadership team.”

Prior to Walgreens, Miquelon was EVP and CFO for Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods. He also spent 16 years with Proctor & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer goods product company.

Spina, 50, is a 30-year Walgreens veteran who spent 28 years in store operations and last served as VP and treasurer. In his new role, he is charged with “bringing a more focused approach to how Walgreens integrates new businesses,” the company noted Friday. In line with the company’s “Customer-Centric Retailing” initiative, Spina also will work to develop new store formats and increase performance from existing store formats through more flexible layouts.

“Throughout his lengthy Walgreens career, John has demonstrated the ability to uncover opportunities and lead teams through complex projects,” Wasson said. “There’s no one better to take on this new challenge as we seek more innovative ways to leverage the best store network in America.”

Separately, the company revealed it has completed filling out its team of general merchandise managers and divisional VPs with the addition of Broughton, a 23-year Wal-Mart veteran who last served the discount store giant as VP and divisional merchandise manager for food and consumables. Broughton will join the company July 13 as GMM and divisional VP for consumables.

In other moves, Walgreens elevated Bruce Schmiedl from director of facilities planning, design and engineering to divisional VP overseeing the same activities. Also promoted is Bob Roscoe, from director of asset development to divisional VP in charge of property acquisition and development, and specialty real estate.

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Take Care: Patients that use workplace primary care, pharmacy services have higher adherence rates

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Patients using workplace primary care and pharmacy services have higher adherence rates to medications — nearly 10% higher — for chronic conditions, compared with patients treated in the community, according to a new study conducted by Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens.

The findings are significant in that they suggest that investing in integrated workplace health and pharmacy programs can help employers realize healthcare savings, while improving patient outcomes.

“This study truly demonstrates the value of the workplace healthcare model in addressing medication adherence   one of the most challenging and costly obstacles faced by providers and payers of health care,” stated Dr. Sharon Frazee, an author of the study and VP health research for Take Care Health Systems. “Having care accessibly located at the worksite allows employees to build a trusted, face-to-face relationship with both their clinicians and pharmacists, providing an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about their condition and treatment plan, and ultimately, promote patient adherence through education and communication.”

Non-adherence is indeed costly and is currently estimated to cost the U.S. healthcare system $100 billion per year.

While employer-sponsored workplace health programs have been in existence for some time, the study was the first of its kind to examine the relationship between the use of employer health offerings at the worksite and adherence to medications, according to

Take Care Health Systems, which manages more than 700 worksite and retail-based health care centers. Medications used to treat diabetes, heart arrhythmia, hypertension, heart disease and thyroid disorders were included in the study.

The findings, published in the current issue of the American Journal of Managed Care, show that overall adherence to medication was 9.72% higher among patients treated in the workplace than those treated in the community.

Added Allan Khoury, MD, chief medical officer for Take Care Health Systems, “The increased use of generic medications, along with increased adherence, decreases overall medication expense. This leads to better health at a lower cost. This approach is an important lesson for all of American health care. The study was the second portion of a two-part series on the value of integrated workplace primary care and pharmacy services. Take Care Health Systems previously authored a study published in the April 2007 Journal for Health and Productivity illustrating that when doctors and pharmacists work together in a workplace primary care health center, prescribing practices favor older, first-line antibiotics that produce significant savings and provide important therapeutic benefits. The approach, studied at four onsite facilities of an existing Take Care Health Systems client, translated into an estimated potential $1.5 million in savings on antibiotic prescriptions for the host company over three years.”

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Duracell launches new ‘Trusted Everywhere’ campaign

BY Anna Mcgrath

BETHEL, Conn. Duracell unveiled its latest broadcast commercial this month, part of its “Trusted Everywhere” advertising campaign.

The 30-second and 15-second television spots will be coupled with a 60-second radio spot. Each promo will surround an emergency rescue situation in which the crisis crew must rely on the dependability of Duracell battery. The campaign reinforces the power of Duracell batteries by demonstrating the critical use of electronic devices in weather-related emergencies. The campaign also stands in recognition of the hard work of such emergency rescue crews as Air Life Denver and WX4NHC.

“With these new spots, we are helping to showcase the important contributions made by Air Life Denver crews and the Miami ham radio operators,” said Bob Jacobs, Duracell marketing director, North America. “These heroic teams are working to save the lives of others. When the storms strike, the radio operators are donating their time to make sure communications stay intact, and the helicopter teams are on the front lines, facing intense pressures and dangerous conditions to rescue those in need. We’re proud that our batteries can help power these life-saving efforts.”

Television spots are scheduled to premiere this month, followed by the radio debut slated for this August.

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