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The Little Clinic expands into Atlanta area with four new clinic openings

BY Michael Johnsen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic on Monday announced the opening of two convenient care clinics within Kroger in the Atlanta area. Two additional clinic openings are slated for August, which would bring the total number of locations in Georgia to six.

“With the addition of four more locations in 2012, there will be a convenient location of The Little Clinic in several Atlanta-area communities,” stated Johnett Thompson, regional clinical director for The Little Clinic. “Our quality of care is further supported by our convenient and affordable services, and we see that these benefits resonate with our patients’ busy schedules.”
 
“Our goal in offering The Little Clinic in Kroger stores is to provide more convenience and fulfill the unique needs of our customers,” added Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations Kroger’s Atlanta division. “Shoppers can visit The Little Clinic, fill their prescription and pick up their groceries, which is a great one-stop shopping experience.”

In related news, The Little Clinic also opened a location inside the Stapleton King Soopers store in Denver, Colo. There currently are 12 Little Clinic locations within King Soopers stores in Colorado.

The Little Clinic is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kroger.


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GNC names Philip Mallott to board

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GNC Holdings on Monday elected Philip Mallott to its board to fill the seat vacated by Norman Axelrod’s resignation.

Mallott served as VP and chief financial officer of Intimate Brands, a former subsidiary of Limited Brands, and most recently provided retail stock research as an independent consultant to Westminster Research Associates and, prior to that, as an analyst for Coker & Palmer. He is currently a director of Big Lots.

"We are excited that Phil has joined the GNC Board," stated Joseph Fortunato, president and CEO GNC. "His wealth of experience, particularly in the retail sector, should be an invaluable resource to GNC as we move forward."


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Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board forms

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A new organization aims to be an independent group to certify specialty pharmacists.

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy and the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board each formed as the result of a decision to create an independent certification board. Originally, the certification board would have been an entity within a professional organization granted autonomy in making decisions regarding certification.

The SPCB said it was developing "unique and differentiated" certifications for pharmacists, nurses and pharmacy technicians to respond to unmet needs that have arisen as specialty pharmacy has grown, noting that there currently are fewer than 15,000 pharmacists certified by two other certification boards out of the more than 275,000 licensed pharmacists in the United States.


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