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Walgreens recognizes its more than 27,000 pharmacists as part of American Pharmacists Month

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens on Monday recognized its more than 27,000 community pharmacists as part of American Pharmacists Month, honoring the important role they are playing in health care today.
 
“As the most accessible, and among the most trusted healthcare providers in thousands of communities across America, our pharmacists have become a critical part of patients’ healthcare teams, and a valuable partner to many others within our healthcare system,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of retail and pharmacy operations. “This month is an opportunity to recognize the personalized care our pharmacists provide every day, as we continue to advance the role of community pharmacy to meet the changing needs of patients, payers and the healthcare system at large.”
 
 
Walgreens pharmacists, across more than 8,200 Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores, have been central to the ongoing advancement of community pharmacy, the company stated, providing a wider range of healthcare services and working more closely than ever before with other providers to ensure continuity of patient care. Walgreens pharmacists today provide a number of preventive services, including immunizations, health testing, chronic care and medication therapy management and patient counseling.
 
During fiscal year 2014, the company’s pharmacists helped to administer a total of 9.6 million immunizations chain-wide, including more than 7.7 million flu shots.
 
With a greater need for access to healthcare services, the company has pharmacists with specialized training to help manage a growing number of chronic conditions such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. In addition, Walgreens pharmacists are working closely to coordinate care with hospitals, health systems and physician groups on medication adherence and transition of care programs such as WellTransitions.
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FMI names new VP industry events

BY Michael Johnsen

 

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute on Monday hired Margaret Edgell Core to guide the reinstituted annual event, FMI Connect, the Global Food Retail Experience. As VP industry events, Core will be primarily responsible for developing the breadth and depth of FMI Connect, ensuring the event continues to grow as the dynamic industry platform for all venues and aspects of food retail.
 
“Margaret brings the experience, enthusiasm and inspirational leadership we need to help FMI achieve the vision we have for ensuring our premier events become game-changing experiences for the food retail industry,” stated FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin. “FMI members, staff and leadership look forward to Margaret’s guidance as together we help FMI Connect reach its potential as the pivotal industry event.”  
 
Core is a 25-year veteran of association sales and marketing with expertise in brand management, product strategies, event marketing, exhibit sales, program development, advertising and online media sales. She recently ran strategic sales initiatives at the National Apartment Association where she was responsible for increased participation and growth from the supplier community. Over the last two years, she created a year-round sponsorship recognition program, NAA 360°, which resulted in stronger company engagement and financial commitments to NAA. Core also initiated and organized a sales prospecting database and expanded its sales team.
 
Prior to her responsibilities for trade show management and sales at the National Apartment Association, Core spent six years at the Biotechnology Industry Organization as managing director of sales and marketing for the BIO International Convention with more than 1,700 exhibitors, 25,000 private meetings and 20,000 attendees from more than 60 countries. She also served for four years as VP marketing and organizational development at Consumer Electronics Association during a time of transition and growth for that organization’s trade show.
 
Core is an influential marketing and member communications specialist, serving these capacities at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now LeadingAge); the Optical Society of America; and the former National Food Brokers Association.
 
Core is both a certified association executive, receiving honors by TradeShow Week in 2009 as the Fastest Growing Show owned by an Association and in 2011 by TSNN Event Excellence Awards program as the Best Marketing and Social Media campaign. She is a graduate of Baylor University and received her master’s in association management from George Washington University.
 

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HDMA supports FDA’s “Know Your Source” campaign

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Healthcare Distribution Management Association president and CEO John Gray on Friday released a statement in support of the FDA’s “Know Your Source” campaign, which urges healthcare providers to verify that their supplier of prescription medicines is properly licensed by his or her state — further reducing the chance of a harmful medicine reaching patients.

“As the national association representing primary healthcare distributors — who ensure the continued safety and security of our nation’s medical supply — we wholeheartedly support FDA’s marketing campaign to educate healthcare providers on the importance of buying from legitimate suppliers," he stated. 
 
“There is no higher priority for HDMA’s members than to maintain the security of the medicines that travel through the healthcare supply chain." Gray added. "Primary pharmaceutical distributors follow the rigorous licensing and statutory requirements set forth at both the federal and state levels by the FDA, DEA and state Boards of Pharmacy. Our members are committed to ensuring the continued safety and reliability of the supply chain as millions of patients access their appropriately prescribed medicines each and every day.”
 

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