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The Apothecary Shops launches pilot program to improve chronic disease treatment outcomes

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX Any person with a chronic condition must keep up with medication regimens, but that is especially true for people with chronic viral infections.

Viral hepatitis – particularly hepatitis B and C – is a leading cause of liver cancer and need for liver transplants, and more than 4 million Americans carry one of the strains, in addition to those who don’t know they’re infected.

On Thursday, specialty pharmacy The Apothecary Shops launched a pilot program at its 17 pharmacies in seven states that offers free, ongoing contact with patients and their physicians, counseling, depression screening and injection training in order to keep patients on their medications and improve treatment outcomes.

“Our goal is to be very hands-on, provide patients with 24-hour access to a pharmacist and be a close partner with their clinicians,” Apothecary Shops VP clinical affairs Eric Sredzinski said. “With 10 specialty practices that include solid organ transplant and oncology, this effort fits well into the disease specialties we’re managing now. At the same time, we’re looking to work with our manufacturers and our payer partners to demonstrate that having a high-touch relationship with patients and their physicians can actually produce positive outcomes.”

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Former Rite Aid VP joins A&P

BY Michael Johnsen

MONTVALE, N.J. Grocer A&P on Tuesday named Mark Kramer its new SVP operations, following the departure of Paul Wiseman.

“[Kramer’s] comprehensive background and strategic skill set will undoubtedly put our operations team on the path forward to our successful turn around,” stated Ron Marshall, A&P president and CEO.

Prior to taking the position at A&P, Kramer was the regional VP operations for Rite Aid. He also brings a significant amount of experience in grocery retail operations including achieving roles of increasing responsibility in Pathmark before its sale to A&P.

Kramer received a B.A. from Seton Hall University as well as certification from the Cornell Executive Development Program.

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PaperMate launches biodegradable products

BY Allison Cerra

OAK BROOK, Ill. Writing instrument maker PaperMate is going green.

The new Paper Mate Biodegradable products are the latest step in Paper Mate’s ongoing commitment to the environment. Paper Mate also offers an existing line of products made from recycled sources, and recently introduced an innovative new upcycling program to find new ways to repurpose otherwise throwaway writing instruments.

“When you write with a Paper Mate Biodegradable pen or pencil, you can do your part to help protect our planet,” said Kanan Banerjee, director of marketing for Paper Mate.”Paper Mate Biodegradable pens and pencils make going green simple, easy and affordable.”

The Paper Mate Biodegradable pen comes in black, blue, red or purple ink and retails for about $1.70. The mechanical pencil is available in 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead sizes and retails for about $2.70. Both are available wherever Paper Mate office products are sold.

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