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AstraZeneca donates $3.8 million in medicine to AmeriCares

BY Allison Cerra

STAMFORD, Conn. — In an effort to help chronically ill Americans that rely on safety net clinics for their medical care, AstraZeneca has donated $3.8 million worth of prescription medicines to AmeriCares.

The drug maker said AmeriCares will deliver the medicines to free clinics and community health centers through its U.S. medical assistance program, which provides free medicines and medical supplies to 400 healthcare facilities serving the poor and uninsured across the United States. The AstraZeneca products are expected to benefit patients of about 100 clinics in 28 states.

This is the third consecutive year AstraZeneca has supported AmeriCares aid deliveries in the United States with such a donation, the companies said.


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Toys “R” Us leader appointed to Bristol-Myers Squibb board

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Bristol-Myers Squibb has appointed Toys “R” Us chairman and CEO Jerry Storch to its board of directors, the drug maker said.

Storch will serve as a member of Bristol’s audit committee and the compensation and management development committee.

“We are thrilled to have a person of Jerry’s caliber, an industry leader with an excellent track record of success in branding and positioning a global franchise for growth, on our board of directors,” Bristol CEO Lamberto Andreotti said.


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Kinney hires new marketing director, inventory manager

BY Alaric DeArment

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — Northern New York retail pharmacy chain Kinney Drugs has hired two new people to its management team, the company said Tuesday.

Kinney announced the hiring of Jennifer Whalen as director of marketing and Steve Harris in the new position of inventory and replenishment manager. Both will work out of the chain’s Syracuse, N.Y., office.

"We are extremely delighted to welcome Jennifer and Steve to our team," Kinney president and COO Bridget-ann Hart said. "The extensive experience that each brings will be a valuable asset to Kinney Drugs as we continue to expand our capabilities and build our retail pharmacy business."

Whalen will be responsible for Kinney’s marketing strategies, including developing advertising, promotional programs and customer relationship marketing. She previously worked at Empire Vision Centers, KeyCorp and Morrisville State College Auxiliary Corp.

Harris will be responsible for implementing supply chain software and developing an advanced replenishment and inventory-control structure. He previously worked with Family Dollar, Brooks-Eckerd Pharmacy and Eckerd.

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