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Weis Markets adds two directors to pharmacy operations, food services

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Monday named Dennis Yoney to director of pharmacy operations and Geoffrey Wexler as director of food service and deli.

As director of pharmacy operations, Yoney will oversee day-to-day pharmacy operations and the execution of the company’s strategic initiatives across its 119 pharmacies. He reports to Jeff Maltese, Weis Markets VP pharmacy. Yoney has worked in pharmacy field operations at the regional level for Rite Aid, government affairs for Brooks/Eckerd and as a district manager for Eckerd.

Yoney is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy.

Wexler will assume oversight of the pricing, procurement and promotion for the company’s deli and food service programs and will report to Harry Giglio, Weis Markets VP perishables.

Prior to joining Weis Markets, Wexler was with Publix Supermarkets where he helped oversee all aspects of the company’s prepared food program. During his career, Wexler also worked for Sodexho Corporate Services, NexStore Marketplace and eatZi’s Market and Bakery.

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FDA scientists consider HIV treatment safe as first-line treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON A drug made by Pfizer for treating HIV is safe for patients who have not taken other drugs, according to briefing documents posted online Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

Scientists at the FDA appear to favor approval for the new use of Selzentry (maraviroc), currently approved as a second-line treatment for HIV patients.

On Thursday, the briefing information will go before the FDA’s Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee, which will decide whether or not to recommend approval. Advisory committees’ recommendations do not guarantee approval or rejection of a regulatory application, but they are taken into consideration when the FDA makes its final decision.

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Emerson Group announces two new hires

BY Allison Cerra

WAYNE, Pa. A consumer products equity organization has added two employees to its staff.

Emerson Group announced Monday the addition of Rob Hurd and Kevin Rasmussen to the company effective Oct. 12.

Hurd’s responsibilities will include Walmart and Kmart customer management, as well as contributing to the strategic areas of category management and client business development. He comes to Emerson from Dentek Oral Care where he was sales director (West), responsible for all account   management efforts for the Dentek brand. Rob also spent 10 years at Bayer Consumer Care where he most recently led the Walmart category management team responsible for all efforts in support of Bayer brands and the cough/cold advisor position. Prior to Bayer, Hurd worked for Revlon and P&G in various field sales roles.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen’s responsibilities with the Emerson Group will include managing Shopko, Hy-Vee,  Roundy’s and several other Midwest regional food and drug retailers. Kevin comes to the Emerson Group from Target Corp. where he was most recently positioned on the financial side of Target’s operations. He has also extensive experience in pharmacy/OTC as a merchandise specialist.

“We’re very pleased about having Rob and Kevin on the Emerson team. Their contributions will only improve the quality and depth of the service we offer our business partners as well as enhance our presence within our retailers,” said Rick Wellinger, president of the Emerson Group.

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