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GNP announces annual conference dates

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — Good Neighbor Pharmacy on Monday announced the dates for ThoughtSpot 2013: July 24 to 27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"ThoughtSpot 2013 is Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s premier conference to provide community pharmacists new opportunities to grow their business," stated Scott Robinson, group VP of GNP. "It is more than just a purchasing event or a place to get [continuing-education] credits; pharmacists and store owners learn from each other and take away best practices that they can implement immediately."

Some certification programs will begin on July 23 for those attendees looking for additional training in diabetes management and immunization programs, GNP noted. 

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Report: Duane Reade social media campaign helps drive 20% lift in sales

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Duane Reade, which is owned by Walgreens, has increased Duane Reade brand hosiery sales by close to 20% thanks to a seven-week social media campaign launched in November to raise awareness of those products — produced by Doris Hosiery Mills.

Dubbed the "Show Us Some Leg" contest, Duane Reade’s VIP Blogger Team helped to create more than 10.9 million impressions by encouraging entrants to upload their original photos wearing Duane Reade-brand hosiery via a Duane Reade Facebook page application, according to a report published by Business2Community on Monday. 

“User-generated content or consumer-generated media is not only more trust-worthy; it also runs throughout the shopping experience and afterward," Calvin Peters, online/public relations manager of Duane Reade, told the news site.

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CVS Caremark among recipients of NACD New England 2013 Director of the Year Awards

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOSTON — CVS Caremark was named Public Company Board of the Year in the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter’s Seventh Annual 2013 Director of the Year Awards.  

NACDNE is a source in New England for corporate governance information, education and training for directors and CEOs who are committed to raising standards and improving boardroom performance. Each year, NACDNE recognizes board members and boards from public, private and nonprofit organizations who exemplify the key attributes of outstanding directors.  

NACDNE will present the awards to the recipients at a formal recognition ceremony on April 11 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
 


“NACDNE’s Director of the Year Awards honor those who uphold the highest professional standards for corporate governance,” stated R. Robert Popeo, president of NACDNE and chairman and president of Mintz Levin. “On the heels of the greatest financial meltdown in modern day history and the resulting sweeping regulatory reforms, such as the Dodd-Frank Act, this is a demanding environment for corporate boards. It is more important than ever to recognize effective boardroom leaders who guide companies through challenging times by making tough decisions with foresight and integrity.”
 


This year, NACDNE recognized three individual board members and two boards. More than 40 New England directors worked collaboratively to determine the slate of honorees.

“CVS Caremark’s board of directors plays a pivotal role in helping our company fulfill its purpose of putting people on their path to better health,” stated Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark. “Thanks in part to the leadership and guidance of our board, we are bringing forward innovative healthcare solutions that increase access to care, lower overall healthcare costs and result in positive health outcomes. We are pleased that this award recognizes our board’s significant ongoing efforts to improve and enhance pharmacy care.”
 

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