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Powell weighs foreign threats against political disarray

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Retired Gen. Colin Powell

The United States faces no foreign threat — not from North Korea, Russia, China or Iran — greater perhaps than the current state of disarray of its political systems, retired Gen. Colin Powell told attendees of the Business Program at NACDS TSE. Gen. Powell shared thoughts and experiences from his 50-year career in public service, including military and diplomatic posts spanning four presidential administrations and the founding and leadership of the youth-focused America’s Promise Alliance.

“The democratic system simply isn’t working,” Powell said, addressing the ideological polarization of the Democratic and Republican parties. “[Today], we have a Congress who cannot compromise and help solve the problems we have. I’m not sure how the President is going to navigate these waters. One of the things that will help us through these difficult times [is] if we just stop insulting each other.”

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QuintilesIMS’ Jim Hunter wins Pratt Award

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Jim Hunter, VP of supplier services at QuintilesIMS

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores bestowed its Harold W. Pratt Award to Jim Hunter, VP of supplier services at QuintilesIMS, during the Business Program at  NACDS Total Store Expo in San Diego on Sunday morning.

“Jim is a great motivator of people, and he makes everyone feel good about what they do. He is a mentor and motivator to the team and an industry ambassador,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson when presenting the award.

Anderson quoted Hunter’s colleagues and friends in recognizing his many and diverse contributions. “He is a great mentor and taught a lot of people — including me — everything they know about the pharmacy retail industry,” said Hossam Sadek, president of QuintilesIMS United States and Canada.

Hunter began his career as a teacher in Pennsylvania, and later moved on to a career in sales with Avis. Later, he became a district sales manager for Gillette before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb as a director of national accounts. Hunter then moved to Novo Nordisk for 15 years before joining QuintilesIMS United States in 1983.

The Harold W. Pratt Award recognizes individuals whose activities have contributed to the promotion, recognition and improvement of the practice of pharmacy.

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Solera Health and higi team up to tackle diabetes

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PHOENIX — Solera Health, a provider of integrated chronic disease prevention services, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with higi, the owner of the largest FDA-cleared, retail-based, self-screening network and consumer engagement platform in North America.

Solera will leverage the higi retail network to identify consumers that are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and work to help enroll them in the National Diabetes Prevention Program that best works for them. higi currently offers nearly 11,000 health stations in food, drug and mass market retailers nationally with locations within five miles of 78% of the U.S. population.

Solera aims to continue expanding its national delivery network by identifying community resources with the capacity to deliver the DPP in locations where people live, work, pray and shop. Tens of millions of Americans are currently eligible for the DPP as a covered medical benefit paid through their insurance company or employer. Medicare beneficiaries will also be eligible for Medicare DPP services delivered in community settings in 2018. Grocery stores and pharmacies offer an opportunity for engagement and education and reaching consumers in these convenient retail locations will form part of the company’s engagement strategy moving forward.

“Solera’s partnership with higi provides immediate access to millions of consumers who can conveniently determine their risk for Type 2 diabetes and have the opportunity to enroll in the DPP,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health. “As Solera continues to expand our community-based DPP delivery network into the retail, grocery and pharmacy space, the higi relationship will prove beneficial for driving qualified leads for DPP program engagement and enrollment.”

The partnership between higi and Solera will also enable higi’s retail partners to interact meaningfully with their consumers. By providing the setting where their customers can access DDP retailers will encourage them to return to store locations repeatedly. This level of deep engagement is expected to have a positive effect on long-term customer relationships.

“higi is best positioned to help our retail partners deliver turnkey, scalable chronic condition prevention programs, starting with DPP, which will drive shopper engagement and contribute to their bottom line,” said Jeff Bennett, CEO of higi. “We are excited to partner with Solera as they scale their innovative approach to scaling the Diabetes Prevention Program nationwide.”

 

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