QuintilesIMS’ Jim Hunter wins Pratt Award
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.
Solera Health and higi team up to tackle diabetes
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.”
NACDS focuses on its value to business and value for society
NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson
At the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo Business Program on Sunday, NACDS leaders talked about the ways that their NACDS engagement can shape their companies’ future, while helping to address issues affecting local communities, the nation and even the world.
“This is where we come together to do two things: to build relationships and, most importantly, to help Americans,” said Alex Gourlay, NACDS chairman and co-COO at Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Gourlay said NACDS is laser-focused on shifting dynamics in the political environment, retail and health care.
Picking up on themes he discussed at NACDS Annual Meeting in April, Gourlay described the work the association is doing to help the industry communicate the story of its shared value and how it benefits society, including a new survey to measure chain and supplier member corporate social responsibility efforts. “We are going to tell the story of chains more clearly, and we are going to echo the story of our supplier partners,” he said.
Complementing Gourlay’s remarks, NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson then took the stage to talk about the association’s progress on the NACDS Future Value Targeting Initiative, first introduced at Annual Meeting. “In the marketplace of ideas, NACDS trades on our ability to develop public policy solutions,” Anderson said. “As part of Future Value Targeting, we position these solutions as the pharmacy ‘Access Agenda.’ It has three parts: defending pharmacy, advancing pharmacy and serving as a responsible partner on the toughest issues facing our nation.”
“I hope Alex and I will leave you with two main thoughts,” he said. “For one, NACDS provides great opportunities to advance your business. And, through NACDS, you are part of something even larger than any one company. Those are two really big ideas: value to the business, and value for society.”