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ASAE salutes NACDS, NACDS Foundation for Haiti relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. An association representing the drug retailing industry and its charitable arm were recognized for their relief efforts to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and NACDS Foundation were placed on the American Society of Association Executives’ Honor Roll program, which salutes association initiatives that are excellent examples of how such organizations are social and economic drivers, the ASAE said. NACDS’ and the NACDS Foundation’s efforts were among 34 programs recognized with this distinction for the most recent round of recognition in 2010.

NACDS developed a Web page on its Web site to describe the work of NACDS members in relief efforts, for the purpose of demonstrating opportunities for companies to engage in this cause. NACDS also helped to coordinate the contribution of supplies from NACDS members to Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, and coordinated financial and supply donations from NACDS staff members to assist in various relief activities. Meanwhile, the NACDS Foundation made a donation to organizations affiliated with Haiti relief efforts, contributing $150,000 to help the people of Haiti – $50,000 each to Doctors Without Borders, AmeriCares and Convoy of Hope.

“When we featured Haiti relief during the NACDS Annual Meeting, we did so to make the case that the needs of the Haitian people are overwhelming and ongoing, even though they have dropped from the daily news coverage,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “While we appreciate this designation from ASAE, its greatest value lies in the chance that it may help to maintain awareness of the need for a sustained commitment to help Haiti.”

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Target to expand its retail clinic presence

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS Target is looking to open eight new clinic locations this September, which includes new clinics at Target stores in Chicago and three in the Palm Beach, Fla., area.

Target introduced the Target Clinic in 2006 and currently operates 28 nurse practitioner-staffed locations in Minnesota and Maryland.

"Target is committed to helping our guests and team members achieve total well-being," stated Keri Jones, SVP health and beauty for Target. "By offering convenient, affordable and high quality care with no appointment necessary, Target Clinic is the perfect solution for busy families."

Construction is underway at the Evanston, South Loop and Near North Chicago Target stores. In early June, construction will begin at the Broadview and Tinley locations as well as the three Palm Beach-area Target stores. The eight new Target Clinic locations are expected to be open in early September.

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Costco installs health kiosks in Canada pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mass merchandiser Costco is adding information kiosks to its 25 pharmacies in Canada’s Ontario province.

Aisle7, the U.S.-based company that makes the kiosks, said the kiosks would make customer self-care education on generic and branded drugs, as well as drug information, available through an interactive kiosk-based display.

“We’re excited to offer our shoppers the Aisle7 program as an extention to the services we provide in our pharmacy,” Costco assistant VP pharmacy eastern division for the United States and Canada Rick Duffy said. “Aisle7 provides us with a credible, easy-to-use information resource for our shoppers, as well as a customizable marketing platform to promote our monthly health events.”

 

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