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Carol Abel joins FMI as VP education and research

BY Allison Cerra

ARLINGTON, Va. A former executive at the American Pharmacists Association has joined the Food Marketing Institute to develop and execute the organization’s education programs and research initiatives.

Carol Abel was named FMI’s VP education and research. Abel comes to FMI from the American Pharmacists Association where she most recently served as senior director of education strategy and compliance officer. She was responsible for the association’s pharmacy accreditation program, continuing education best practices, standards and new initiatives. She also served as director of education for the association.

“As provided in the new FMI strategic plan approved earlier this year by the board of directors, we are laser-focused on enhancing our industry education programming and expanding opportunities in leadership development for those who work in our member companies,” said FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin. “Carol has an impressive background and extensive expertise, and her previous success in identifying innovative educational strategies makes her a welcome addition to the FMI team.”

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Rite Aid highlights patients’ favorite pharmacists with annual contest

BY Allison Cerra

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid is asking patients to vote for their favorite pharmacist during the month of October, which is American Pharmacists Month.

Through Oct. 31, Rite Aid patients are encouraged to vote for their favorite pharmacist on RiteAid.com or in any Rite Aid store, an annual contest now in its seventh year. One patient and one pharmacist will each receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards through a random drawing.

“American Pharmacists Month is the perfect time to honor Rite Aid pharmacists for all they do to keep their patients and communities healthy,” said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid EVP pharmacy. “Our pharmacists provide outstanding patient care every day, whether they’re counseling patients on medications, administering immunizations or helping them manage a new or difficult disease. Our Favorite Pharmacist program is a great way for our company and patients to thank them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.”

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Kerr Drug delivers in a big way

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. In an effort to further connect customers to their pharmacy, Kerr Drug now is offering free drug delivery to those that are ill, housebound or simply too busy to pick up their prescriptions.

How it works: Kerr Drug customers call their prescriptions in to the store pharmacist and request the prescription be delivered to their home or office, and the customer must sign for their prescription when the medication is delivered. To add even more value to the service, in addition to the prescription delivery, any other item from the store also can be delivered free of charge.

“Kerr Drug is a pioneer in the concept of community pharmacy, and ultimately what that means is finding the best way to serve the people in your community,” said Tony Civello, president and CEO of Kerr Drug. “There are times and circumstances when customers can’t get to the pharmacy, so this is a way to bring the pharmacy to them.”

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