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Merlo touts advances in pharmacy care at Pittsburgh luncheon

BY Alaric DeArment

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo presented a $50,000 check Tuesday to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before attending a luncheon sponsored by the Economic Club of Pittsburgh.

During his remarks at the luncheon, which took place at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Merlo said CVS was reinventing pharmacy and helping people on their path to better health. The hospital donation, from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, will support a program that provides resources for families of children newly diagnosed with vision disabilities.

"Traditionally, people have thought about pharmacies as pill dispensaries, but we know that a pharmacy is much more than that," Merlo said. "Delivering pharmacy care is about extending the front lines of health care to deliver much better outcomes at lower cost to the people we serve. As a pharmacy innovation company, CVS Caremark is driving new approaches to do that."

Merlo called the more than 7,400-store chain’s pharmacists its greatest asset, saying they were highly trusted resources for patients who were "uniquely positioned" to help patients take their medications properly and as directed by prescribers.

Merlo also described how the company’s Pharmacy Advisor program is focusing on helping customers manage chronic diseases, as well as touting MinuteClinic and talking about how it was increasing access to health care.

"When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, more than 30 million newly insured Americans will have access to care," Merlo said. "MinuteClinic is able to replace the use of higher cost sites, such as emergency rooms, as well as address unmet needs for access to primary care providers. This helps hold down overall costs of care."

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C. Everett Koop, surgeon general during Reagan era, dies

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Former surgeon general C. Everett Koop died Monday. He was 96.

Koop, who served as surgeon general from January 1982 to October 1989, was outspoken about the damaging health effects of smoking and also an early advocate of educating Americans about AIDS. In 1988, he released "Understanding AIDS," a U.S. Public Health Service brochure based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which was sent to 107 million households.

"Today, America lost an extraordinary physician, public servant and great American," surgeon general Regina Benjamin said. "I, like many others, lost a mentor and a friend."


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NACDS hires rock legend Roger Daltrey to perform at TSE

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — "Who are you?" That question probably won’t be necessary as the famous frontman of British Invasion band The Who takes the stage at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Total Store Expo in August.

The NACDS said it had hired Roger Daltrey to perform at the show, which takes place in Las Vegas from Aug. 10-13 and combines the group’s Pharmacy and Technology, Marketplace and Supply Chain and Logistics shows. Daltrey will perform on Aug. 12.

Daltrey teamed up with bandmate Pete Townsend to headline the "12-12-12" concert in New York, a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. As part of the concert, Daltrey and Townsend helped raise more than $50 million for storm victims.

 

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