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Cough, cold medicines often given to children younger than 4, poll finds

BY Alaric DeArment

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Many parents give young children medicines for cough and cold that they shouldn’t use, according to a new poll by the University of Michigan.

According to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, more than 40% of parents reported giving cough medicine or multisymptom cough-cold medicine to children younger than 4, while 25% gave those children decongestants. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2008 that such OTC medicines shouldn’t be used in infants and children younger than 2, and experts say they haven’t been proven safe or effective in young children.

"These products don’t reduce the time the infection will last, and misuse could lead to serious harm," Matthew Davis, director of the poll program, said. "What can be confusing, however, is that often these products are labeled prominently as ‘children’s’ medications. The details are often on the back of the box, in small print. That’s where parents are caregivers can find instructions that they should not be used in children under 4 years old."

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NACDS Foundation announces five new board members

BY Jason Owen

ARLINGTON, Va. — Today, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced the election of five new members to its board of directors. Victor Curtis, SVP pharmacy of Costco Wholesale; Jon Giacomin, president of U.S. pharmaceutical distribution for the pharmaceutical group of Cardinal Health; John Poulin, director of professional relations of Lilly USA; Todd Tillemans, president of customer development at Unilever; and Richard Tremonte, VP sales and marketing of the U.S. generics operating unit at Sandoz will join the NACDS Foundation board of directors for 2013-2014.

“We welcome Victor Curtis, Jon Giacomin, John Poulin, Todd Tillemans and Richard Tremonte to the NACDS Foundation board,” said NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “The NACDS Foundation is committed to improving and advancing public health and wellness, utilizing opportunities in education, research and charitable activities. Our board is representative of leaders from all segments of community pharmacy including retailers, pharmaceutical companies and consumer product businesses, and we look forward to working with them in the coming year to further implement the foundation’s vision and mission.”

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson was elected to serve as chairman of the NACDS Foundation board of directors; Kathleen Jaeger will serve as president; David Fitzsimmons, NACDS SVP finance and administration, will serve as treasurer; and Nicki Robins, NACDS assistant general counsel, will serve as secretary. All officers will serve a one-year term.

The following is a complete list of the NACDS Foundation board of directors for 2013-2014:

  • Steven Anderson, NACDS

  • Robert Belknap Jr., Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

  • Eileen Howard Boone, CVS Caremark

  • Anthony Civello, Kerr Drug

  • Teri Coward, Teva Pharmaceuticals

  • Victor Curtis, Costco Wholesale dba Costco Pharmacies

  • Jack Fragie, McKesson

  • Debbie Garza, Walgreens

  • Jon Giacomin, Cardinal Health

  • William Graham, Beiersdorf

  • Mark Griffin, Lewis Drugs

  • Susan Henderson, Rite Aid

  • Joseph Kucharski, GlaxoSmithKline

  • Louis Martire, Energizer Holdings

  • David Moules, Pfizer, Worldwide Pharmaceuticals

  • Robert Potter, Mylan Pharmaceuticals

  • John Poulin, Lilly USA

  • Bryan Stuke, Procter & Gamble

  • Todd Tillemans, Unilever

  • Richard Tremonte, Sandoz

  • James Van Lieshout, Apotex

  • Diane Wallace, Coca-Cola Refreshments

For more information about the NACDS Foundation, please visit NACDSfoundation.org.

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NACDS announces 2013-2014 officers, welcomes new members to executive committee, board

BY Jason Owen

PALM BEACH, Fla. — During the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting today, the association elected the new officers, two new executive committee members and four new board of directors members for the coming year.

Robert Narveson, president and CEO of Thrifty White Pharmacy, was elected as the new NACDS chairman of the board of directors, succeeding Gregory Wasson, president and CEO of Walgreens.

In addition, John Standley — chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rite Aid — was elected vice chairman, and Juan Ortiz, CEO of Navarro Discount Pharmacies, was elected treasurer.

“We are pleased to welcome Bob Narveson as NACDS chairman of the board of directors,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Serving as a board officer and chairman of the NACDS Political Action Committee, Bob has displayed an incredible commitment to community pharmacy and NACDS. We look forward to working with him in his new role as chairman of the board in the coming year.”

In addition to the election of the new officers for one-year terms, the NACDS board elected John Agwunobi — SVP and president of health and wellness at Wal-Mart — and Juan Ortiz as new executive committee members.

Four new board of directors members were also elected: Randy Edeker, chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee; Dijuana Lewis, SVP healthcare solutions for the health-and-wellness division at Wal-Mart; Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid; and Martin Otto, chief merchant and CFO of H-E-B.

These four new board members will join the other 22 members of the NACDS board of directors to develop NACDS’ policies and priorities.

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