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New Rite Aid group VP pharmacy initiatives and clinical services to oversee Wellness Ambassador program

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid has promoted Karen Staniforth, VP pharmacy for the chain’s mid-Atlantic division, to group VP pharmacy initiatives and clinical services, the company said Monday.

In the new position, Staniforth will oversee Rite Aid’s strategy around the Wellness Ambassadors, specially trained staff who work in its Wellness stores, answering customers’ questions about health and wellness products and directing them to the pharmacy as needed. She will report to SVP pharmacy Dan Miller.

"Throughout her career, Karen has garnered critical knowledge and experience across several functional areas of the chain drug industry, making her a true asset to our company," Miller said. "Her valuable insights will guide us as we work to advance our clinical services and Wellness Ambassador programs, helping us highlight the expertise of our more than 11,000 pharmacists and providing superior care and health outcomes for our patients nationwide."

Staniforth started her pharmacy career in 1982 in Johannesburg and became regional sales manager for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in 1991, overseeing retail sales operations for the Swiss drug maker in Cape Town, South Africa. She began working for Rite Aid in 1998 as a graduate pharmacy intern after moving to the United States. 

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QS/1 announces signature capture tablet

BY Ryan Chavis

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – QS/1, a healthcare automation solutions provider, has announced the integration of Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet with its Pharmacy Management Systems. The Latitude 10 can be utilized as a wireless signature capture device for pharmacies with a drive-thru and also provides functionality in other areas.

“The Latitude 10 is more than a tablet,” Charles Garner, QS/1 Market Analyst said. “It is truly a full-functioning computer that you can carry around the pharmacy.”

The Latitude 10 comes with Windows 8 and runs QS/1’s NRx Pharmacy Management System through a client connection. This allows pharamcies to perform such duties as patient counseling in a quiet, isolated area of the store.

“It is ideal in a pharmacy setting because it comes with an optional ruggedized protective case,” Garner added. “It not only helps you collect signatures at the drive-thru, it also helps improve your pharmacy’s workflow by adding new patients, entering refills and working on patient outcomes.”

QS/1 customers interested in adding Dell Latitude 10 can contact QS/1 Upgrades to order.

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NACDS issues statement on White House health reform meeting

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has issued a statement regarding the participation of NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson in a White House meeting Tuesday regarding implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

According to NACDS, the statement reads:



“Patients rely on their pharmacies as trusted sources of information on healthcare topics – even beyond medication issues. To live up to patients’ trust and expectations, pharmacies have taken steps throughout the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to help inform patients on subjects including health insurance exchanges – from distributing information to more formal roles in patient education.


“Pharmacies’ engagement has been very similar to patient outreach and education during the implementation of Medicare Part D. The same can be said for pharmacy’s ongoing work to help patients take their medications as prescribed, to foster awareness and accessibility when it comes to flu vaccinations, and to advance other forms of preventive care that have been identified as national priorities.


“We appreciate that community pharmacy was included in the meetings held today at the White House with groups representing various segments of healthcare delivery – this represents continued progress in raising awareness of community pharmacy’s value as the face of neighborhood healthcare. Pharmacy’s message is simple and remains consistent: every effort must be taken to present clear and accurate information to patients in a highly accessible and credible manner. Community pharmacy is ideally suited to serve as a highly effective partner when patient care and patient empowerment are the goals.”

 

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