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Merlo touts savings from pharmacy in university lecture

Northwestern Ohio’s The Courier is reporting that CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo delivered a speech at Ohio Northern University titled “Driving More Affordable, Accessible and Effective Care,” in which he noted the ways pharmacy can help drive down healthcare costs. He said that retail pharmacy will play a key role in combatting such issues as medication non-adherence and stepping into primary care. “Retail pharmacy is oftentimes the front door to health care,” he reportedly said. “It provides more opportunities to interact with patients than any other site of care.” (The Courier)

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Report: H-E-B CEO’s Holdsworth Foundation to get Lake Austin HQ

The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that H-E-B CEO Charles Butt’s Holdsworth Foundation will be building its institute on a 44-acre plot of lakefront land on Lake Austin. The foundation, named for Butt’s mother, educator and philanthropist Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, is establishing the center with $100 million that Butt has personally pledged. The institute will be a training center for administrators from Texas public schools, and will be chaired by former Smith College and Brown University president Ruth Simmons, who also was the first African-American woman heading an Ivy League institution. (Austin American-Statesman)