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Walgreens supports Red Cross efforts in the Philippines with $100,000 donation

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, that swept through the Philippines last week. These funds will be used to distribute relief items, repair and rebuild shelters, provide health care and give access to clean water and sanitation systems for those impacted by the storm.

“With so many people in need, we want to lend support to those who’ve lost so much in this tragedy,” stated John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs. “Thousands of people in the Philippines have been left without basic living needs, so we are supporting the American Red Cross to help bring aid to those who need it the most. Our thoughts go out to all of those impacted by this disaster.”

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CVS Caremark sponsors 2nd Annual Wake Forest Retail Innovation Challenge

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Wake Forest Retail Innovation Challenge, which will be held at Wake Forest University School of Business in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Nov. 14 and 15.

The theme of this year’s Retail Innovation Challenge is "Enhancing Seniors’ Lives." With 10,000 people in the United States turning 65 years old every day, an age demographic that takes two to three times more prescriptions, on average, than those who are younger, CVS Caremark stated that it is in a unique position as a pharmacy innovation company to deliver solutions to better serve the aging population and to foster new ideas in the retail space to improve their lives.

"We are pleased to once again sponsor the Wake Forest Retail Innovation Challenge and participate in this event’s spirit of collaboration to help develop new ideas to enhance the lives of our older customers," stated Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, who will deliver the keynote address on how the company is reinventing pharmacy for better health. "Innovation is one of CVS Caremark’s core values, and it informs everything we do at our 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores, more than 700 MinuteClinic medical clinics and through our industry-leading pharmacy benefits management business to help people on their path to better health."      

The 2013 Retail Innovation Challenge is hosted by the Wake Forest University Center for Retail Innovation. Twenty-one student teams will each have two minutes to pitch their best retail idea to enhance the lives of seniors. The best five innovation ideas will deliver a formal 30-minute presentation, and the top three ideas will win cash prizes.

Rob Price, SVP and chief marketing officer of CVS/pharmacy, will serve as one of the judges for the Innovation Challenge and will moderate a discussion panel, "Graymerica – Bracing for the Silver Tsunami," during the Wake Forest event.  Price is a member of the 2012 Class of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute.

"As our population ages, retailers must deliver breakthroughs for older Americans," Price stated. "CVS Caremark’s sponsorship of the Wake Forest Retail Innovation Challenge is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the nation’s best young minds on this journey."

 

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Study links domestic violence to chronic disease in women

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Domestic violence has devastating effects on families, but new research also links it to chronic disease in women and calls on healthcare professionals to do more to determine whether there may be a link between the two in patients.

According to a survey sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, the Society for Women’s Health Research and MORE magazine, a significant link exists between domestic violence and many chronic health conditions, and the healthcare industry, support agencies and others should do more to recognize and act on the connection. The survey, conducted by research company GFK in August, included 1,005 women and was presented at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday that included Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., Donna Edwards, D-Md., Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Doris Matsui, D-Calif.

The survey found that 70% of adult women older than 21 years have a chronic health condition, but that figure rises to 81% among women who have experienced any form of domestic violence; the survey found that overall, 44% of women had experienced some form of domestic violence.

"In our efforts to improve the care of women with chronic health conditions, it’s important to identify new technology solutions to help healthcare providers and patients overcome obstacles to reducing the long-term health impacts, which includes those from domestic violence," Verizon VP global corporate social responsibility and Verizon Foundation president Rose Stuckey Kirk said. "We believe we haven’t fully utilized technology that can greatly help doctors and patients manage care."

But despite the survey’s results, only 6% of women said their doctor or nurse has made a link between domestic violence and chronic disease, and three-quarters say they have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam. Among elderly women, 85% have never been screened, but they are no less likely than younger counterparts to experience domestic violence.

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