NACDS honors Bartell Drugs’ Ed Littleton with Harold W. Pratt Award
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Industry veteran and Bartell Drugs COO Ed Littleton was recognized for his dedication to pharmacy during this year’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference and was bestowed the association’s highest honor: the Harold W. Pratt Award.
Serving more than 40 years in the industry, Littleton has spent the last 20 years with Seattle-based Bartell Drugs. Prior to that, he served 22 years with Pay ‘n Save.
Harold W. Pratt, for whom the award is named, dedicated himself to many years of service at Walgreens, becoming the industry’s first director of professional services. Over the course of his 43 years of service to Walgreens, Pratt came to be recognized as the “dean” of pharmacy professional service directors. He worked tirelessly to grow and promote pharmacy operations. Pratt also served as chairman of the first NACDS Pharmacy and Technology Conference.
The annual award that is named for Pratt, established in 1985 by the NACDS board of directors, recognizes individuals whose activities have contributed to the promotion, recognition and improvement of the practice of pharmacy within the chain drug industry.
During the presentation of the award, H-E-B chief administrative officer and NACDS chairman of the board of directors Robert Loeffler read a comment from George Bartell, chairman and CEO of Bartell Drugs.
“There are few individuals as humble, considerate and as focused as Ed. His wonderful sense of humor is an added bonus,” Bartell said.
“NACDS is absolutely honored to present the distinguished Harold W. Pratt Award to Ed Littleton,” said Loeffler in his remarks during the award presentation. "He has always devoted his full energy to the business, to serving our customers and supporting the employees we count on to deliver that service — in our pharmacies and in the rest of the business. He has continually tried to learn how to improve the practice of pharmacy and has always been willing to share.”
Sam’s Club hosts free diabetes health screenings
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering free diabetes health screenings for both adults and children on Sept. 10, the retailer announced.
The free screenings will be held in Sam’s Club pharmacies nationwide from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include glucose, A1C, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) tests. Glucose tests are not available, however, in Tennessee, Maryland and Hawaii, Sam’s Club noted.
"Diabetes is fast becoming an epidemic in this country and it’s important that concerned Sam’s Club members ‘know their numbers’ — blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, etc. — to seek out solutions for maintaining good health," Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "At Sam’s Club, our free diabetic health screenings raise awareness, help families identify their risks for diabetes and educate the communities we serve on ways to treat, prevent and delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes."
As part of the screenings, Sam’s Club pharmacy also is offering free samples of Glucerna shakes by Abbott Labs and Zeiss Wipes plus Zeiss liquid spectacle lens cleaner by Carl Zeiss Vision.
For more information, times and locations of free health screenings in participating Sam’s Club locations, visit SamsClub.com/healthyliving.
Opus Health, VoicePort to develop joint pharmacy solution
BEDMINSTER, N.J., and ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A co-marketing agreement has been inked between Cegedim Relationship Management’s Opus Health division and VoicePort.
The companies said that they will create a joint, pharmacy-focused solution that will be designed to improve prescription compliance and offer patient co-pay assistance. Through this agreement, Opus Health and VoicePort will provide advanced marketing solutions to keep pharmacies in contact with patients by leveraging VoicePort’s PharmaPhonetics — an advanced self-service technology using speech recognition to automate interactions — and Opus Health’s co-pay assistance and medication adherence programs, to extend patient reach by establishing lasting dialogues and offering patients co-pay assistance intended to increase medication adherence.
“Solutions to increase medication adherence are in great need as patient noncompliance drains an estimated $300 billion dollars a year from the U.S. healthcare system,” VoicePort president and CEO Christopher Mann said. “This joint solution will help us collaborate with key retailers throughout the [United States] who focus on improved patient outcomes by leveraging the latest in communication technology.”
Added Mark Calabrese, VP and general manager of Opus Health for Cegedim Relationship Management, "Through our partnership with VoicePort, we aim to improve patient care and make brand medication more affordable by working directly with pharmacies. Pharmacies have direct and regular contact with patients, so they are in a position to promote adherence. Our joint solution builds on our IVR pharmacy network and enables this, and in so doing, benefits the pharmacy, as well by helping them increase customer satisfaction and, therefore, market share."