NCPA marks July as ‘Celebrate Independents Month’
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is celebrating July as the month of the independent pharmacy industry.
Through its new "Celebrate Independents Month" campaign, NCPA is encouraging its members to access free collateral to help highlight their independent status and to thank their patients and community for supporting local, small businesses.
"Independent community pharmacies are proud members of the communities we serve and we contribute to the community’s sustainability and character," NCPA president and Oklahoma City pharmacy owner Lonny Wilson said. "This month, we want to encourage people to shop locally and to recognize the support patients give us year long. Independent community pharmacies pride themselves on providing expert medication counseling, competitive pricing and convenient service. Our members want to thank their patients for their support and encourage others to visit to see what it means to ‘Celebrate Independents.’"
Additional information about the campaign can be found at NCPAnet.org.
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Heinz names new head of North America division
PITTSBURGH — Heinz has named Dave Woodward EVP, in charge of Heinz North America, effective immediately.
"Dave Woodward is a proven, results-oriented leader who has distinguished himself over the last six years by driving the exceptional performance of our business in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the company’s second-largest market," Heinz chairman, president and CEO William Johnson said. "I expect Dave to lead Heinz North America to new levels of success by leveraging his proven expertise in marketing and innovation, and his keen understanding of consumer behavior."
Woodward was promoted to EVP of the company’s rest of world segment on May 1. That promotion reflected his success in driving strong results in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where he served as president since 2006. In January 2011, his role was expanded to include Africa and the Middle East.
Woodward succeeds Scott O’Hara as president and CEO of Heinz North America, reporting directly to William Johnson. O’Hara is leaving Heinz to pursue other opportunities after six years with the company. He was named president and CEO of Heinz North America in July 2009 after holding a similar post at Heinz Europe for three years.
"I want to thank Scott for his dedicated service to Heinz and I wish him the best in his future endeavors," Johnson said.
Heinz expects to appoint a new leader for the company’s rest of world segment, which includes Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, in the near future.
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Walgreens to provide free HIV testing in CDC pilot
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is partnering with health authorities and service organizations to provide pharmacist-administered testing for the virus that causes AIDS, the retail pharmacy chain said.
The company is participating in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pilot with Greater Than AIDS and other organizations and local officials to expand HIV testing services and connect more people with the virus to treatment and care.
Walgreens will work with Greater Than AIDS, health departments and local AIDS organizations to provide free HIV testing at 47 stores in 20 cities to support National HIV Testing Day, which is on Wednesday. About 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, but nearly 1-in-5 don’t know they have it, according to the CDC.
Through the first phase of the two-year program, select Walgreens pharmacies in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and a select Take Care Clinic in Lithonia, Ga. are offering free HIV testing. The CDC plans to use pilot results from select pharmacies and in-store clinics in urban and rural areas identified as highly impacted by HIV to develop a model that pharmacists and nurse practitioners can use to implement HIV testing throughout the nation.
Great article. Keep up the good work!
Watch next for highly-automated, in-store, clinical lab testing.