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Mary Sammons to serve on Magellan’s board

BY Alaric DeArment

AVON, Conn. — Rite Aid chairman Mary Sammons has been appointed to Magellan Health Services’ board of directors, Magellan said.

The addition of Sammons increases the number of members on Magellan’s board to nine. Sammons began at Rite Aid as president and COO in 1999, becoming CEO in 2003 and chairman in 2007. The current president and CEO is John Standley.

“Mary Sammons is an experienced business leader with significant knowledge of the healthcare industry, and we are pleased that she is joining our board,” Magellan chairman and CEO Rene Lerer said. “The healthcare marketplace is continuing to evolve, and Magellan is positioned to leverage our significant clinical and operational expertise to continue to grow. Mary’s background in successfully leading major companies through transformation will be invaluable as we look to the challenges and opportunities of the future.”

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Wolters Kluwer divests pharmacy business

BY Alaric DeArment

ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, Netherlands — Wolters Kluwer will sell its pharma-related business, the market research firm said Wednesday.

The company’s pharmacy business, which includes the brands Source and Adis, includes marketing and publications services, business intelligence products and advanced analytical tools and services to life science professionals.

“The planned divestment of the pharmacy business will focus our health division on taking full advantage of our leading positions in professional information and clinical decision support solutions, one of the fastest growing areas of health, to deliver enhanced value to our stakeholders,” Wolters Kluwer chairman and CEO Nancy McKinstry said.

The company said that Lazard Middle Market and William Blair & Co. were acting as financial advisers and that the deal would close shortly after the end of the year, but it did not name a buyer.

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Publix to offer free diabetes screenings at more than 800 locations

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix will offer free diabetes screenings at more than 800 Publix stores this year, the grocer announced Wednesday.

“Publix Pharmacy is pleased to offer free diabetes screenings as part of our commitment to the total health and wellness of our customers,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “As both a supermarket and pharmacy, Publix is the ideal setting in which to promote healthy living. Offering these free screenings will hopefully assist our customers in early detection and allow them to benefit from our diabetes program, which launched last March offering free metformin for Type 2 diabetes patients.”

Appointments won’t be necessary and test results will be given onsite within a few minutes. Customers will receive a free blood-glucose test and diabetes educational material.

The screenings will be conducted by CholestCheck, a health-and-wellness screening company, and sponsored in part by Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care.

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