NACDS’ Anderson to pharmacy students: Create the ‘practice of the future’
AURORA, Colo. — “When it comes to advancing pharmacy to truly become the ‘practice of the future,’ we must tell our story.” That was a key message that Steve Anderson, National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO, had for next-generation pharmacists attending the Dean’s Convocation at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Tuesday.
“If you want to know what the future of pharmacy will look like, I can tell you. Pharmacy will become whatever people like you envision. And its advancement will reflect the energy with which you engage,” Anderson said.
He emphasized four key points, urging tomorrow’s pharmacists to help advance pharmacy as the “practice of the future”:
- “Together, we must commit to advance pharmacy”;
- “Not only must we commit to advancing pharmacy, but together we can do this. The opportunity to promote pharmacy’s value is great, because the story of pharmacy’s value is might”;
- “Pharmacy’s commitment to achieving the status of the ‘practice of the future’ must be a ‘forever’ thing. We need to make a long-term commitment to revolutionizing healthcare through pharmacy”; and
- “You have a specific role that you can play — today and every day as a member of the pharmacy profession.”
Anderson relayed a litany of statistics that reflect the accessibility and public trust of community pharmacists, as well as the return-on-investment that community pharmacy services deliver. He emphasized community pharmacy’s ability to help patients take medications correctly, thus reducing reliance on costly forms of care, and he highlighted community pharmacy’s value through vaccinations and health screenings and education. He also described community pharmacy’s increasing success in achieving public policy victories as elected officials gain a greater understanding and appreciation for its cost-effectiveness.
Describing NACDS’ ongoing initiative to educate the government, opinion leaders, the media and other audiences about pharmacy’s role as “the face of neighborhood health care,” Anderson said the message has taken on new importance in the wake of economic turmoil. “Our position is that there is no greater value in healthcare delivery than neighborhood pharmacies,” he said.
Anderson also emphasized the effectiveness of the NACDS RxIMPACT grassroots advocacy program, through which community pharmacy advocates connect with their elected officials.
"I am fired up about pharmacy,” Anderson concluded. “While the times around us are challenging, the opportunities before us are invigorating. I am thankful for the opportunity to be with you today to talk about what pharmacy has accomplished together, and the work that lies ahead."
“All I ask is that you remember four things. They are simple. When it comes to advancing pharmacy to truly become the ‘practice of the future,’ we must tell our story; we have a compelling story to tell; but it will take all of us, working together, forever; beginning now. Will you join us?”
CVS/pharmacy celebrates grand opening of its new DC in Chemung, N.Y.
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy held a grand opening event on Tuesday at its distribution center in Chemung, N.Y., which attracted federal, state and local officials to celebrate the occasion.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Representative Thomas Reed, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara and New York State Assemblyman Christopher Friend were among those in attendance.
The 751,000-sq.-ft. distribution center, which opened for business in June, will support the inventory and fulfillment needs of at least 350 CVS/pharmacy stores in the Northeast. Representing an investment of approximately $90 million, the facility will employ more than 300 people by the end of 2011, and a total of 600 people when it reaches full capacity.
The facility holds the distinction of being the largest industrial building in the state of New York to be certified Gold by LEED, the nation’s green building certification program. It also is one of the 10 largest industrial buildings in the United States to receive LEED Gold certification.
"Our Chemung distribution center is supporting the expanding distribution needs of our retail stores, and is an important part of our company’s overall growth," stated Larry Merlo, CVS Caremark CEO. "The 600 jobs we are creating here [are] part of our hiring effort for more than 5,000 positions around the country and across all areas of CVS Caremark’s business over the next 12 months."
Among the organizations recognized for their support were Southern Tier Economic Growth, Chemung County Industrial Development Agency, Empire State Development, New York State Office of Community Renewal, the New York State Electric and Gas Corp., and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
"CVS/pharmacy’s Chemung distribution center is a great example of a public-private partnership that benefits the entire region," added Ron Link, SVP supply chain and logistics. "Not only are we creating 600 new jobs in the Southern Tier of New York, but more than 90 New York-based businesses received work over the last two years from the construction of our facility and the installation of equipment."
Walgreens reorganizes merchandising, marketing teams
DEERFIELD, Ill — Drug Store News has learned that Walgreens is reorganizing its merchandising and marketing leadership teams to better align the “strategic objectives” and to enhance the integration of those teams, according to a statement from the company. As part of the reorganization, the role of chief marketing officer will be eliminated, and as a result, Kim Feil will be leaving the company effective Sept. 30.
"Kim helped transform the organization from an advertising-based model to a retail marketing organization, establishing an overall brand strategy and building a talented marketing team. We thank Kim for all of her contributions to marketing’s transformation and wish her well in her career as she moves on from Walgreens,” said Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca. According to the company, under the new structure, the senior merchandising and marketing team will be responsible for enhancing the focus on the customer and integrating Walgreens’ approach to health and daily living initiatives across the organization.
Under the new structure, the following people will report directly to Magnacca:
Cindy Donohoe, VP pharmacy healthcare marketing, will continue to lead marketing efforts for pharmacy, health and wellness initiatives;
Catherine Lindner, VP retail marketing, will provide marketing leadership to all retail operations;
Deborah Sabo, VP marketing services, will lead the creative development and execution for all company marketing campaigns;
Mark Cordes, senior director of marketing operations and planning, will continue to be responsible for the Walgreens integrated network and other marketing technologies; and
Todd Vang, divisional VP marketing insights and loyalty, will continue to lead the company’s efforts to gain insight into customer preferences and behaviors through extensive research and will report to Graham Atkinson, chief customer experience officer.
Chief merchandising officer Bryan Pugh remains with the company, and his role has not changed.
However, to further align the groups, Walgreens also has announced a few key changes on the merchandising side of the operation. Rachel Bishop, divisional VP merchandising strategic planning and analysis, and Moe Alkemade, divisional VP/GMM private brands, will report to Magnacca.