AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour kicks off in the Big Apple
NEW YORK Walgreens and AARP have kicked off a national tour with nine buses traveling to 3,000 communities across the country and offering free health screenings.
The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour started Tuesday at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza, and Drug Store News got a first-hand look.
The bus had a table outside with free reusable tote bags and pamphlets on chronic diseases, along with forms visitors could use to sign up for the screenings. Inside, the bus featured a small area where visitors could wait before getting screenings in curtained booths for blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index and bone density. After completing the screenings, visitors were instructed to talk to one of the on-site pharmacists outside, who could discuss whatever conditions the visitors may have had.
This is the fifth year in which Walgreens has offered a health screening tour. Of people screened last year, 72.8% had high blood pressure levels, 13.3% had high blood glucose and 65.9% had low bone density.
Petrou tapped to become HHS chief of staff
WASHINGTON A former aide of former Sen. Tom Daschle will become the new chief of staff for the Department of Health and Human Services, according to published reports.
Politico reported that Laura Petrou, who worked for the South Dakota Democrat for 20 years, will start the position this week.
Mark Childress has served in the position since January. Childress also previously worked for Daschle.
Mylan announces new VP global business development
PITTSBURGH Generic drug maker Mylan announced Tuesday that it made an appointment to its executive leadership team.
Mylan appointed former Merrill Lynch investment banker Andrew Cuneo as VP global business development. The company said Cuneo is responsible for coordinating its global business development and strategic efforts.
“Drew brings a wealth of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare sectors,” Mylan vice chairman and CEO Robert Coury said in a statement. “His familiarity with our industry – and in particular with Mylan, given his and Merrill Lynch’s active role with the company during the past five years – makes him ideally suited to support the company’s continued growth.”
Most recently, Cuneo served as Merrill Lynch’s director in its global healthcare investment banking group. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Vanderbilt University.