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Cardinal Health donates more than $625,000 in scholarships to pharmacy schools

BY Jason Owen

SEATTLE — As part of its continued commitment to supporting future pharmacists, Cardinal Health today announced that six pharmacy schools across the country will receive more than $625,000 in funding through the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program. The company has donated nearly $2.2 million to more than 20 universities through this program since its launch in June 2011.

The six schools that were selected to participate in this year’s Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program were selected based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. These schools offer curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy; support student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association; endorse internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies; and demonstrate high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings.

"Cardinal Health is dedicated to supporting the essential role community pharmacists play in delivering superior care to patients every day," said Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health’s pharmaceutical segment. "These universities are leaders in developing the future of independent pharmacy, and we’re proud to support the growth and education of their best and brightest students."

The six schools that received pharmacy scholarship funding from the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program in 2013 include:

  • Chicago State College of Pharmacy (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy (Puerto Rico)
  • The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (Columbus, Ohio)
  • The South Carolina College of Pharmacy (Columbia, S.C.)
  • The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Aurora, Colo.)

Currently, Cardinal Health is hosting its 2013 Retail Business Conference in Seattle. To read more about new company initiatives and its plans for community pharmacy, click here

 

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Vendors talk about what Cardinal Health RBC means for them

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Mike Aigner, director of national accounts, Mylan
Q: What do you hope to get out of the RBC show?
A: We’d like to reach as many customers as possible. Cardinal has been an absolutely great partner for many years.

Q: How are independents important to your business?
A: They’re a very viable partner for us, and we rely very strongly on their opinions on supply and quality of Mylan’s products.
Q: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
A: We just appreciate them attending and supporting the show. We always appreciate the candid feedback that customers provide to Mylan.

Teri Coward, senior director of sales, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Q: What do you hope to get out of the RBC show?
A: I think it’s good for Teva, as a leader in the pharmaceutical space, to support our partner, Cardinal Health, as they support independents.


Q: How are independents important to your business?
A: When you look at wholesalers like Cardinal Health, their source program is driven by independents, so they’re very important to our business. Teva and Cardinal Health drive business to independents.
Q: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
A: They need to understand that they must continue to do what they’re doing and that they are a very important part of the healthcare arena.

Dean Cowen, national account director, Bausch + Lomb
Q: What do you hope to get out of the RBC show?
A: Communicating product information, listening to customer feedback and meeting with Cardinal Health management.


Q: How important are independents to your business?
A: Extremely important for their personal touch with consumers.
Q: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
A: Bausch + Lomb is committed to them in terms of consistent supply, product quality and consumer trust.

Dave Bartel, VP corporate accounts, TCGRx
Q: What do you hope to get out of the RBC show?
A: Every year, we get some very good leads for our sales, and we’re hoping to [again] this year. Interfacing with the field representatives is key for us. We’re always hoping to meet representatives from different territories.


Q: How important are independents to your business?
A: Very! That’s exactly whom we target – that’s our strategy.
Q: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
A: I would say to them that now is the time to make sure their operations are under control, so they really need to make sure they’re up to speed.

Albert Marko, co-founder, Bluwave
Q: What do you hope to get out of the RBC show?
A: Basically, just more exposure to our clients. Exposure is important to us.


Q: How are independents important to your business?
A: Working with Cardinal has been great. They’ve been pretty helpful, and we’re excited to be here. Companies like us are trying as hard as we can to maximize return on investment.
Q: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
A: Our system is pretty solid. Our customer service is top-notch. A normal pharmacy employing three to four consulting pharmacists could cut it down to one using our system.

Brown Massey, national accounts manager, Amneal
Q: What do you hope to get out of the RBC show?
A: Talking with pharmacists and finding out what we can do to help them out. Just representing our company and putting a face on it.


Q: How are independents important to your company?
A: They’re an integral part of the industry, serving many people.
Q: What’s a message you would like to send to attendees?
A: We’re a family-owned company, a lot like they are, and we’re all working hard in this industry.

 

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