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Navarro Discount Pharmacy promotes Ortiz to CEO

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI — Regional pharmacy chain Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which currently has 29 stores, has named finance executive Juan Ortiz the company’s CFO, to the position of CEO.

Ortiz succeeds CEO Steve Kaczynski, whose expertise in retail merchandising and marketing over the last 18 months has been instrumental in setting a strategic direction for the company and expanding its footprint in South Florida and nationally.

"Juan Ortiz and his team have worked diligently on [giving] Navarro¹s successful financial turnaround building a singular focus and working hand-in-hand with management and employees to execute an effective, long term plan," stated Jorge Rico, a co-founding partner of MBF Healthcare Partners, Navarro’s equity partner. "In addition, Juan’s leadership over the last three years laid the needed groundwork for the first phase of Navarro¹s three-year store expansion plan, now being implemented, as well as record sales and earnings in the company’s 50-year history."

Kaczynski is credited with leading the company to year-over-year increases in sales and earnings and developing a new branding and revitalization program, which included its store expansion and e-commerce capabilities, as well as unveiling the Vida Mia brand, Navarro¹s own bilingual, private-label brand of Hispanic products.

Ortiz joined Navarro as its CFO in August 2008. He and his team stabilized sales and customer traffic, identified new revenue streams, increased profitability and reduced operating expenses by $10 million in a 24-month period, the company stated.

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Dakotacare implements RxEOB’s pharmacy prior authorization solution

BY Alaric DeArment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota’s largest physician-owned health plan has adopted prior authorization automation technology from RxEOB for use across its membership, RxEOB said.

Dakotacare will use the company’s AutoAuthRx to allow clinical pharmacists to collaborate with providers and ensure each prescription is aligned with the member’s specific benefit design and the associated evidence-based guidelines.

“We are pleased RxEOB can help us bring tools to our community, which allow providers to make the most informed pharmacy decisions for our members, promote lower-cost options when clinically appropriate and free clinician and staff time to focus on patient care,” Dakotacare VP medical management Rich Jones said in a statement. “AutoAuthRx is fully aligned with our mission to make health care more efficient for all to ensure we can offer a rich set of benefit options, to drive effective medical management programs and to preserve the financial stability of our healthcare system.”

AutoAuthRx is part of RxEOB’s workflow technology suite, which also includes the software program RxEFormulary, for consolidating into one source the many formularies that health plans and pharmacy benefit managers maintain, as well as RxMonitor, an analytics and reporting engine that delivers detailed pharmacy utilization and drug switching and compliance metrics to employers, health plans and PBMs.

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Association of Northwest Pharmacies members join NCPA

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Association of Northwest Pharmacies, an independent pharmacy organization, joined the National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday in an effort to bolster their lobbying efforts, the groups announced.

“The board of the Association of Northwest Pharmacies chose to have all our stores become members of NCPA,” stated Joel Hadfield, Association of Northwest Pharmacies CEO. “This action was prompted by the legislative and educational efforts of NCPA.”

In addition to benefiting from and supporting NCPA’s advocacy efforts, Association of Northwest Pharmacies members now will have access to additional perquisites of NCPA membership, including financial benchmarking, via the NCPA Digest sponsored by Cardinal Health; exclusive peer-to-peer Members Forum discussions of hot topics; updates on healthcare reform implementation; such programs as Dispose My Meds prescription drug disposal; and discounts on industry meetings.

ANP is a regionalized not-for-profit cooperative designed by pharmacists to provide a highly diversified healthcare goods and services portfolio for the benefit of independent retail, long-term care, home infusion and specialty pharmacies and their patients.

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