Former Target chairman and ceo dies at 69
NEW YORK Kenneth Macke, former chairman and chief executive officer of what would later become Target, died Saturday at age 69 of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
After graduating college, Macke became a sales trainee at Dayton Hudson, of which Target was a division at the time. Moving through the ranks, he eventually became the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. He retired at age 55 in 1994. Dayton Hudson took on the Target name in 1999.
Macke was born Dec. 16, 1938 in Carroll, Iowa, to Leonard and Carol Macke. He graduated from Drake University in 1961. In addition to his position at Dayton Hudson, he also served on the boards of General Mills, Pillsbury and Unisys.
He is survived by his wife, three children, two siblings and five grandchildren.
QS/1, LDM partner on CarePoints patient messaging system
SPARTANBURG, S.C. QS/1 is teaming up with LDM Group to offer pharmacies a new service that will allow customers more access and information to their healthcare.
The service, called the CarePoints patient messaging system, gives pharmacies the ability to print patient specific material that offers suggestions for over-the-counter medications that complement the prescription, or even suggest a prescription that could be more beneficial for the patient. The pharmacy system uses de-identified information about the patient to cross-reference which material to print, meaning it is completely HIPAA compliant.
“Let’s assume a patient comes into a pharmacy and gets a prescription for a medicine they must take twice a day,” Mike Coyne, vice president of LDM Group explains. “The pharmacy system would know to print information about an alternative drug that is taken only once a day.”
Pharmacies can also take advantage of several “added value” benefits with this service. Pharmacies can print required Medication Guides for patients prescribed specific prescription drugs. This saves time from having to determine which drugs require the MedGuide and manually printing it.
Independent and regional chain pharmacies can also use the CarePoints patient messaging system to target in-store promotions, such as vaccination clinics.
Vytorin ads appear in grocery aisles
NEW YORK Ads for the prescription cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin have begun appearing in checkout lines at Stop & Shop supermarkets.
A spokesperson for the partnership between Merck and Schering-Plough to develop cardiovascular drugs told the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger that the companies were advertising the drug in supermarkets because of its ad campaign’s focus on food and family history as sources of cholesterol.
Vytorin had global sales of $2.8 billion in 2007, according to Merck financial data.