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Walgreens outlines new operational leadership structure

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Following Walgreens' announcement last week about taking the next step in acquiring Alliance Boots, Alex Gourlay, EVP Walgreens Boots Alliance and president of Walgreens, announced a proposed operational organization structure in a letter to Walgreens employees. 
 
Mark Wagner, currently president of community management and store operations, will take on a new role as president of business operations. In this new role, Mark will be responsible for creating a customer-focused organization that supports Walgreens' stores, eliminates waste and simplifies the work flow.
 
Brad Fluegel, currently SVP and chief strategy officer, will become SVP chief strategy and business development officer. He will continue to lead strategy for Walgreens and expand his responsibilities to include developing and implementing Walgreens' healthcare clinic, clinical office and healthcare innovation strategies.
 
And Richard Ashworth will be returning from Alliance Boots in a new role as president of retail and pharmacy operations. He will assume responsibility for the field organization to implement a single customer plan and deliver customer care through Walgreens' community locations.
 
Sona Chawla, president and digital and chief marketing officer, will continue in that role.
 
"I will continue to lead our merchandising team while we search for a new leader for the daily living organization," Gourlay wrote. "All of these proposed new roles and titles are subject to approval by the board of directors and will be effective as of Sept. 1," he said. 
 
"I look forward to bringing together this talented team and continuing to work with Greg [Wasson] and the rest of our business partners across Walgreens," Gourlay added. "Looking to the future, we need to stay focused on our customers and patients because that’s what has made Walgreens the great business and brand that it is today. To continue to move forward, we will need to call on the company’s historic strengths — pharmacy-led, customer-driven, with a commitment to each other and a focus on care and service."
 
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FDA approves Belsomra tabs

BY Ryan Chavis

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has announced approval for Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets, which are used to treat insomnia. The drug works by altering the signaling of orexin in the brain. Orexins are chemicals involved in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and play a role in keeping people awake, the agency stated.

“To assist healthcare professionals and patients in finding the best dose to treat each individual patient’s sleeplessness, the FDA has approved Belsomra in four different strengths — 5, 10, 15 and 20 mg,” said Ellis Unger, M.D., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation I in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Using the lowest effective dose can reduce the risk of side effects, such as next-morning drowsiness.”

The drug should only be taken no more than once a night, within 30 minutes of going to bed. The total dose shouldn't exceed 20 mg once daily. Belsomra is produced by Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Corp.

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Raley’s Supermarkets, NRG eVgo partner to deliver first to Bay area electric vehicle drivers

BY Antoinette Alexander

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Raley’s Supermarkets and NRG eVgo are introducing the first electric vehicle fast charging station at a retail location in Northern California that features both industry standard fast chargers: CHAdeMO and SAE Combo.

Located at Nob Hill supermarket in Mountain View, this Freedom Station is the first to incorporate the new SAE Combo fast charge standard being introduced on many new EVs at a Northern California retail location, the companies have announced.

The Raley’s Nob Hill Freedom Station in Mountain View supports all EV drivers; regardless of what kind of electric vehicle they drive and expands the NRG eVgo network to 16 fast charge sites in the Bay Area, giving drivers the freedom to comfortably drive electric vehicles throughout the region.

“We are installing these convenient chargers as a service to our very sustainably-minded customers,” said Meg Burritt, Raley’s director of wellness and sustainability. “This new opportunity to recharge your EV while shopping for groceries at our store is our way of saying thank you for choosing an EV. Raley’s is here to make it easier for you to accomplish your daily tasks in a more convenient way.”

All Freedom Station sites currently include CHAdeMO DC fast chargers that can charge an electric vehicle in less than 30 minutes, as well as a standard Level 2 charger to serve EVs that do not have a fast-charging option. By adding SAE Combo DC fast chargers at California Freedom Station locations, eVgo furthers its commitment to support all EV drivers wherever and however they choose to charge.  Most sites are available 24/7, are positioned near retail stores and restaurants to provide the option to shop or eat while charging and are available to area EV drivers through a variety of charging plans or a no subscription, pay-per-use option.

 

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