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AllerMates launches online community

BY Michael Johnsen

NANUET, N.Y. — AllerMates on Thursday launched an online community at AllerMates.com for parents and healthcare professionals to exchange experiences, seek advice, post recipes, get breaking news and alerts, make friends, share photos and videos, use the “ask the doctor platform” and create a strong support network of allies among others dealing with allergies and asthma. 

“The creation of an AllerMates online community was a natural extension of the benefits that AllerMates have brought to families with food allergies and other health ailments,” stated AllerMates CEO Iris Shamus. “Linking up with other kids and their families dealing with the ever-present challenges of allergies and asthma, especially during May’s Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, gives people an important resource and lets them know they are not alone."

Among the many free features and resources on the site are a physician and professional directory, restaurant cards, action plans, downloadable schools signs and children’s activities.

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NCPA, McKesson to host three-day pharmacy ownership seminar

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday announced it will host its NCPA Ownership Workshop from May 17 to 19 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. The Ownership Workshop, sponsored by McKesson and in part by Pharmacists Mutual and Live Oak Bank, gives prospective and current pharmacy owners an in-depth look at the industry and the financial, management and marketing skills needed to operate a successful pharmacy business. The three-day session also offers pharmacists 20 hours of continuing education credits.

“Getting started in pharmacy ownership can be a daunting and sometimes discouraging venture when one does not have a familiarity with the process,” stated NCPA president Donnie Calhoun. “That’s why NCPA has designed this comprehensive workshop to be the best resource for any potential community pharmacy owners, including practicing pharmacists and pharmacy students, to hear directly from the experts about every facet of ownership — from finding the funding to purchase a pharmacy to how to successfully market your business once you open.”

Launched in 1991, Ownership Workshop is part of the multi-faceted, comprehensive NCPA Ownership Academy, which helps pharmacists navigate every step of the entrepreneurial process from buying to selling a pharmacy, as part of the association’s focus on increasing the number of independent community pharmacy owners throughout the country. More than 50% of previous Ownership Workshop participants now own their own pharmacy.


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Eleven Logli, Hilander stores to be unified under Schnucks brand

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Schnucks is renaming all of the 11 Logli and Hilander stores it operates in Rockford, Ill., and Janesville, Wis., the supermarket company said.

The St. Louis-based company said it would rebrand the stores as Schnucks, starting with two stores on Monday. The process of converting all 11 stores is estimated to take about two weeks. Schnucks acquired three of the Logli stores in Rockford in 1998 and continued using the Logli name for the other three, including one that was under construction at the time, one that was relocated two years later and a new one built in Janesville in 2002. The Hilander stores were purchased from The Kroger Co. in September 2011. All of the other stores in the 100-store chain operate under the Schnucks name.

"It has always been our belief that no matter what name is on the outside, inside all of our stores operate with the same focus on customers and emphasis on quality, value and service," Schnucks chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck said. "However, unifying our stores under one banner, our family name, is an acknowledgement to our teammates and customers of our commitment to the Rockford and Janesville communities."


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