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NACDS appoints Jill McCormack director of state government affairs

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Monday that Jill McCormack joined its state government affairs team as a director of state government affairs.

McCormack previously worked as a government affairs associate for Malady & Wooten in Harrisburg, Pa., where she represented the Pennsylvania Association of Chain Drug Stores. She also served as a member of the senior staff for the Democratic Leader in the Pennsylvania Senate.

In her new role at NACDS, McCormack will direct the organization’s pro-patient, pro-policy advocacy in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Specifically, she will collaborate with state associations and with NACDS member companies’ staff and advocate directly with state lawmakers and state agencies.

“We are pleased to welcome Jill to the NACDS state government affairs team,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “During this challenging time of shrinking state budgets, it is critical that pharmacy services are recognized as strategies to help reduce healthcare costs and improve patient
health by helping patients take their medications as prescribed, thus preventing more costly forms of care."

“Jill is tried and tested on healthcare issues, and has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of state government," Anderson continued. "Her experience will offer great value as she illustrates pharmacy as the face of neighborhood health care to state policy-makers.”

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Taking on vertical gardening with Topsy Turvy

BY Allison Cerra

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — A new tomato planter that has gardening enthusiasts looking up now is available at retailers nationwide.

The Topsy Turvy upside-down tomato planter takes on the vertical gardening trend by saving space and time.

How it works: Plant the seedlings, hang the Topsy Turvy planter and water. The process helps avoid such typical gardening frustrations as fungus, harmful pests and labor-intensive garden maintenance, the company said.

Topsy Turvy also offers planters for strawberries, hot peppers and more.

The Topsy Turvy tomato planter is available for $9.99.

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Survey: Majority of New Yorkers would shop at Walmart

BY Gail Hoffer

NEW YORK — Walmart’s efforts to open in New York City were helped last week when a new poll, released Friday, found that New Yorkers would shop at Walmart if one opened in the city.

According to the Quinnipiac University poll, 68% of New Yorkers said that if it were convenient for them, they would shop at Walmart. That is compared with 29% who said they would not.

Nearly identical numbers of people said the chain’s lower prices would eat into small business sales.

Of those polled, 57% said they think elected officials should allow Walmart to move into the city, while 36% do not.

The new Quinnipiac poll surveyed about 1,100 registered voters between March 8 and March 14 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

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