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Walgreens expands preventive health care services into California

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Further expanding the scope of convenient, preventive health care services provided by its pharmacists, Walgreens on Thursday announced it is now offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at nearly 200 stores in California. Each test also includes a free blood pressure reading and personal consultation with a Walgreens pharmacist.

“Providing convenient, affordable access to health testing services is an important part of our commitment to disease prevention and chronic care management,” stated Hayley Park, market pharmacy director, Walgreens. “As the most accessible health care providers, our pharmacists are spending more time with patients through consultations, immunizations, medication questions or concerns, health testing and other important services to help our customers get, stay and live well.”

Walgreens offers health testing daily at more than 4,100 stores in 41 states.

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Pharmacy automation provider Kirby Lester goes live with new online store

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Pharmacy automation provider Kirby Lester on Thursday went live with its new online store

Kirby Lester maintains one of the largest markets of automatic tablet/capsule counter sales in the United States. 

According to the company, more Kirby Lester counters are used to dispense prescriptions in retail, mail-order, hospital and long-term care pharmacies and manufacturing facilities than all other automated dispensing systems combined; more than 40,000 pharmacies worldwide rely on Kirby Lester for their counting needs.

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APhA Foundation names William Ellis as recipient of 2014 Jacob W. Miller Award

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation announced on Thursday that William Ellis is the recipient of the 2014 APhA Foundation Jacob W. Miller Award.

He was selected in recognition of his leadership and outstanding service as the first full-time executive director of the APhA Foundation from 1997 until 2010, the APhA stated.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive an award that was established to recognize the many contributions that Jake Miller has made to the profession of pharmacy and to the APhA Foundation. I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to be part of the APhA Foundation’s cutting edge work to improve the quality of consumer health outcomes and to help advance new patient care roles for the profession,” Ellis said.

The Jacob W. Miller Award recognizes an individual who has advanced the mission of the APhA Foundation by demonstrating active involvement in Foundation programs, exemplary support in establishing and/or maintaining APhA Foundation initiatives or outstanding leadership in carrying out the mission of the APhA Foundation. It was established in 2000 to honor Jacob W. Miller, who served as president of the APhA Foundation from 1991 to 2000.

During his tenure, Ellis developed and directed research initiatives, projects and programs, including the Project ImPACT (Improving Persistence and Compliance with Therapy) series, which has provided strong evidence for the expanded role of the pharmacist in healthcare. He introduced HealthMapRx, a voluntary health benefit for self-insured employers, proven to reduce healthcare costs and improve health outcomes for employees and dependents with diabetes. Ellis also established the APhA Foundation’s Pinnacle Awards, which honor those who make significant contributions to the medication use process.

Ellis will be honored for his achievements during the APhA Annual Meeting and Expo to be held March 28 to 31 in Orlando. The official award presentation will take place on March 31 at the APhA Foundation Contributors’ Breakfast, where Ellis will personally receive the award from Miller. Miller was instrumental in hiring Ellis as executive director of the APhA Foundation.

Ellis is currently executive director for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Ellis also is chair of the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy and chair of the Board of Visitors for the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Prior to his work with the APhA Foundation, he was EVP of the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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