Kinney Drugs receives PEP Award for political engagement
NACDS vice chairman Mark Panzer (left) presents the Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award to KPH Healthcare Services’ Michael Duteau (right)
Kinney Drugs was honored for its political engagement during the Political Involvement Reception on Saturday.
Michael Duteau, VP of business development and strategic relations of KPH Healthcare Services, Kinney Drugs’ parent company, accepted the 2017 “Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award,” or PEP Award, in recognition of its leadership and participation in the NACDS Political Action Committee.
“Under the leadership of Craig Painter (executive chairman of the board) and the team, Kinney Drugs over many years now has consistently shown that they understand the value of NACDS-PAC and its importance in our advocacy efforts,” said NACDS vice chairman Mark Panzer, SVP of pharmacy, health and wellness for Albertsons, when presenting the award. “The support shown by Kinney Drugs has become automatic, signifying their unwavering commitment.”
Powell weighs foreign threats against political disarray
Retired Gen. Colin Powell
The United States faces no foreign threat — not from North Korea, Russia, China or Iran — greater perhaps than the current state of disarray of its political systems, retired Gen. Colin Powell told attendees of the Business Program at NACDS TSE. Gen. Powell shared thoughts and experiences from his 50-year career in public service, including military and diplomatic posts spanning four presidential administrations and the founding and leadership of the youth-focused America’s Promise Alliance.
“The democratic system simply isn’t working,” Powell said, addressing the ideological polarization of the Democratic and Republican parties. “[Today], we have a Congress who cannot compromise and help solve the problems we have. I’m not sure how the President is going to navigate these waters. One of the things that will help us through these difficult times [is] if we just stop insulting each other.”
QuintilesIMS’ Jim Hunter wins Pratt Award
Jim Hunter, VP of supplier services at QuintilesIMS
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores bestowed its Harold W. Pratt Award to Jim Hunter, VP of supplier services at QuintilesIMS, during the Business Program at NACDS Total Store Expo in San Diego on Sunday morning.
“Jim is a great motivator of people, and he makes everyone feel good about what they do. He is a mentor and motivator to the team and an industry ambassador,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson when presenting the award.
Anderson quoted Hunter’s colleagues and friends in recognizing his many and diverse contributions. “He is a great mentor and taught a lot of people — including me — everything they know about the pharmacy retail industry,” said Hossam Sadek, president of QuintilesIMS United States and Canada.
Hunter began his career as a teacher in Pennsylvania, and later moved on to a career in sales with Avis. Later, he became a district sales manager for Gillette before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb as a director of national accounts. Hunter then moved to Novo Nordisk for 15 years before joining QuintilesIMS United States in 1983.
The Harold W. Pratt Award recognizes individuals whose activities have contributed to the promotion, recognition and improvement of the practice of pharmacy.