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The Apothecary Shops appoints execs

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX A specialty pharmacy company that has lately expanded on a regional level now plans to expand nationally, and it’s adding some new executives to help.

The Apothecary Shops, based in Phoenix, announced Thursday the appointment of former Medicine Shoppe International VP clinical operations, Keith Cook, as president. Cook, a pharmacist with more than 20 years’ experience in executive positions in retail, specialty and hospital pharmacies, previously headed MSI’s Specialty Care Centers. John Musil, who founded The Apothecary Shops in 1996, will remain as CEO.

Musil also named Apothecary Shops’ first chief financial officer, Gary Williams, formerly VP financial services for Avnet Technology Solutions North America.

“These strategic steps and divisions of responsibility better position the company to be a player on a national scale,” Musil said in a statement. “The breadth of Keith’s experience and depth of his background in all phases of pharmacy operations and management will be essential as we aggressively move forward.”

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Schnuck exec honored by produce pub

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS A weekly newspaper serving the produce industry has given a top award to a Schnuck Markets executive.

The Packer named Schnucks VP produce and floral Michael O’Brien the 2009 “Marketer of the Year,” Schnucks announced, presenting him with the award at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit earlier this month.

 

O’Brien has worked in the supermarket industry for 37 years, starting at Schnucks as a bagger in 1972, becoming a store manager in 1983 and division manager in 1990. He has served in his current position since 2001.

Schnucks said O’Brien had taken an “active role” in promoting produce consumption and was a member of a number of industry organizations. He is chairman-elect of the PMA’s board of directors and served as chairman of the Produce for Better Health Foundation in 2007, promoting that organizations “5 a day, Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” campaign to promote the eating of fruits and vegetables. Produce Merchandising magazine also named him “Retailer of the Year” in 2004.

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AACE introduces diabetes algorithm

BY Alaric DeArment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A new algorithm designed to help Type 2 diabetes patients achieve glycemic control has appeared online in the September/October edition of the journal Endocrine Practice.

The algorithm, released as a consensus statement by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology is a one-page resource designed to assist primary care doctors, endocrinologists and others in the management of Type 2 diabetes.

 

“Depending on a patient’s current A1C level, a physician will use the algorithm to determine whether a mono-, dual- or triple-combination therapy should be considered,” former AACE president and co-chairwoman of the Algorithm Task Force Helena Rodbard said in a statement. “To minimize the risk of diabetic complications, the algorithm will help achieve a hemoglobin A1C value of 6.5 or less when appropriate.”

 

The task force said it was the first such algorithm that considers currently approved classes of medications emphasizing safety and efficacy while also considering factors such as the overall cost of care.

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