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Navarro Discount Pharmacies’ Alvarez recognized by South Florida Business Journal

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI The VP merchandising at the largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain has been selected as one of South Florida Business Journal’s “40 under 40” up-and -coming professionals.

Navarro Discount Pharmacies’ Jose Alvarez was recognized by the newspaper for being one of the region’s best and brightest young professionals based on his professional success and community involvement, the drug store chain said.

Over the past year, Alvarez oversaw the implementation of several key strategic initiatives for the company such as the chain wide perpetual inventory system and the launch of Navarro’s Vendor Portal.  Additionally, he led a major initiative to improve the product in stock levels at the Company’s stores and is currently overseeing the company’s venture into the e-commerce venue.  Alvarez has been in his current position for two months but has been with Navarro since 2007.

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Independent pharmacies tap into long-term care market with new center

BY Alaric DeArment

DENVER Healthcare services company Cardinal Health will work with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacies to help independent retail pharmacies tap into the long-term care market, Cardinal said Thursday.

According to statistics from 2008, the number of adults in the United States needing nursing home or assisted living care is expected to be 20 million by 2050. Officially launched at Cardinal’s Retail Business Conference in Denver this week, the Long Term Care Specialized Care Center will give independents access to long-term care field specialists, discounts on the ASCP’s policy and procedure manuals and continuing education courses and market analyses.

“Many independent pharmacists want to start serving the high-growth long-term care market, but doing so requires a specialized knowledge base and skill set,” Cardinal VP market management and product development Jay Williams said. “That’s why we’ve partnered with ASCP – the recognized expert in geriatric pharmacotherapy – to provide our customers with the education and building blocks they need to immediately start serving the medication needs of the long-term care facilities in their communities.”

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GSK joins the National Pharmaceutical Council

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline is the latest company to join health policy research organization the National Pharmaceutical Council, the NPC announced Thursday.

Established in 1953, the NPC sponsors and conducts scientific analyses of the use of drugs with support from drug companies. GlaxoSmithKline SVP private, public and institutional customers Jack Bailey will serve as the company’s representative on the NPC’s board of directors.

“As the nation moves forward with the implementation of healthcare reform, NPC’s research provides policy makers and implementers with keen insight on comparative effectiveness research and health-and-wellness issues,” Bailey said. “I welcome the opportunity to work with NPC and its staff as they move forward with these and other research areas impacting the pharmaceutical industry.”

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