PHARMACY

Innovation appoints Stephen Donohue as regional VP sales, chain, high-volume

BY Alaric DeArment

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Pharmacy automation system manufacturer Innovation has appointed Stephen Donohue as divisional VP sales, chain and high volume, the company said Thursday.

Innovation, which makes the PharmASSIST automation system, said Donohue would lead all the company’s sales and marketing activity for the retail chain, mail order and central fill markets.

Donohue has worked in sales and senior sales management roles in various pharmacy markets for more than 30 years, most recently as regional sales manager with pharmacy, workflow and inventory management firm Health Business Systems, which works with the retail, institutional, nursing home and mail-order pharmacy markets. Before that, he had senior management positions with ScriptPro and BSI Business Systems.

"Steve brings a wealth of industry experience, leadership skills and sales savvy to the Innovation team," Innovation EVP global business development Doyle Jensen said. "He has a proven track record of success at every level of his career."


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Rexall Pharma Plus pharmacists administered 190K flu shots this season

BY Antoinette Alexander

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — The team of pharmacists at Rexall Pharma Plus administered 190,000 of the more than 200,000 flu shots provided by pharmacists in Ontario this flu season, the Canadian retailer announced on Thursday.

Rexall Pharma Plus offered flu shots at all of its more than 250 Ontario pharmacies any time, with no appointment necessary. Rexall is Katz Group Canada’s flagship national chain.

“On behalf of the entire team at Rexall Pharma Plus, I would like to thank our exceptional team of pharmacists for their commitment to their patients’ health,” stated Frank Scorpiniti, CEO of Rexall Pharma Plus. “By providing flu shots any time at any of our Ontario pharmacies with no appointment necessary, our pharmacists made it easier than ever for Ontarians to receive their influenza vaccinations and protect themselves and their families from the flu. With the flu season still upon us, our pharmacists are always available until the end of the season.”

Ontario community pharmacists joined their colleagues in Alberta and British Columbia this flu season in helping to immunize patients against the influenza virus for the first time after the Government of Ontario expanded pharmacists’ scope of practice in October 2012.

The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that between 2,000 and 8,000 Canadians die each year from the flu and its complications, with thousands more becoming seriously ill and requiring hospitalization.


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Cardinal Health develops patient-friendly heart health education program for community pharmacists

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health on Thursday announced it is providing free, downloadable materials to help community pharmacists educate patients about effective strategies for preventing cardiovascular disease.  “By using these patient-friendly heart health materials, community pharmacists can strengthen their relationships with patients and help save lives by educating their communities about how to prevent and recognize the symptoms of heart attacks and strokes," stated Ron Clerico, VP marketing for Cardinal Health’s Retail Pharmacy business. 

The materials include an interactive presentation which helps pharmacists educate patients about heart health, risk prevention and daily heart health management. The presentation also focuses on how patients can build their relationships with their local pharmacist to improve healthcare outcomes. There are also customizable posters, bag clippers and flyers to drive traffic to heart health educational sessions, patient informational handouts and recipe cards for heart-healthy meals.

Cardinal Health also offers a Specialized Care Center focused on heart health. “With our Heart Health Specialized Care Center, pharmacists can take an active role in improving healthcare outcomes for patients who are at risk of contracting cardiovascular disease,” Clerico said. “This unique combination of training, education, tools and support empowers pharmacists to position themselves as their community’s local destination – and trusted advisor – for heart health.” 


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