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NACDS’ Anderson emphasizes deserving victory in recent policy wins

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, invoked Winston Churchill to emphasize three political imperatives necessary to elevate pharmacy’s stature as a political force, as part of his “State of the Association” remarks Monday morning.

“We cannot guarantee victory, but only deserve it,” Anderson said, quoting Churchill.

He emphasized political and legal victories for NACDS and other organizations, including the recent delay of cuts to Medicaid pharmacy reimbursements in California until at least Oct. 1, 2009.

The three political imperatives Anderson listed were creating a stronger political action committee for NACDS, enhancing grassroots outreach within the association’s staff structure and rallying member involvement in grassroots initiatives by extending the tagline, “Pharmacies. The face of neighborhood healthcare.”

“The challenge to ‘deserve victory’ is indeed ours,” Anderson said, in conclusion. ““We know that what we are fighting for improves lives and saves lives, and we know that there is no alternative than to commit our all to this calling.”

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AARP Web site offers users health information tools

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Users of AARP’s Web site now have access to health tools that provide consumers with health information, AARP announced Thursday.

The tools are designed to help users understand health symptoms and conditions, as well as find doctors and hospitals.

“Online tools like this truly empower those who may be seeking health information for themselves and family caregivers to more easily navigate today’s healthcare options,” said Nataki Clark, AARP’s director of online marketing. “Consumers can take advantage of these resources in order to maintain their independence as they age and live the most vibrant lives possible.”

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Kmart signs on with eRx Network for its claims services

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas Kmart Pharmacy has selected eRx Network as its business partner for claims switching, editing and reporting services, eRx announced Friday.

The company provides its services to more than 40,000 retail pharmacies across the country and has provided retail pharmacies with claims management services since 2001.

“We are very pleased to expand our partnership with Kmart Pharmacy,” eRx President and chief executive officer Murray Lyle said. “We are committed to providing our customers with industry leading support, expertise and technology offerings to enable their pharmacies to focus on patient care.”

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