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Report: CVS/pharmacy logo creator dies at 86

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Joseph Selame, who designed a wide range of well-known logos and brand identities for dozens of nonprofit organizations and companies, including CVS/pharmacy, died on March 29 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 86.

According to a New York Times article, Selame not only created graphic designs but also oversaw total brand integration. For example, he helped rename the pharmacy retailer — transforming Consumer Value Stores into CVS/pharmacy. The retailer’s logo, which includes the letters CVS and the word pharmacy, separated by a slash mark, has become one of the most familiar in the country.

He also created a logo for supermarket chain Stop & Shop.

Selame founded Selame Design in 1960 with his wife, Elinor, who was in charge of marketing and communications strategies. She died in 2008 at 77, the New York Times reported. The firm was renamed BrandEquity in 1995.

Selame, who was born in Brooklyn in 1925, was trained in graphic design by the Army during World War II. He was known for his approach, which was rooted in simplification.

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John Coster joins NCPA, heads up new advocacy center

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday named longtime industry veteran John Coster as SVP government affairs and head of the association’s newly created NCPA Advocacy Center.

The NCPA Advocacy Center will unite the association’s government affairs, grassroots, pharmacy benefit manager transparency, professional affairs and public affairs programs to enhance NCPA advocacy efforts and ensure that they have the maximum impact possible.

“We’re excited about the synergy NCPA’s Advocacy Center will provide on behalf of community pharmacists and their patients,” stated NCPA president Robert Greenwood. “Community pharmacists are well-positioned to play an even greater role in America’s healthcare system through expert medication counseling, improving patient medication adherence and other cost-saving services. I look forward to seeing this team successfully take that case to policymakers, private and public sector health plans, pharmacy stakeholders and patients.”

“As a pharmacist, Capitol Hill veteran and proven advocate for pharmacies and patients, John Coster is ideally suited to lead both this effort and NCPA’s government affairs department,” NCPA EVP and CEO Douglas Hoey said. “From implementation of the healthcare law to state budget shortfalls, there is no shortage of challenges facing community pharmacy. But NCPA members and partners can rest assured that the interests of neighborhood pharmacists and their patients are well-represented by John and the entire Advocacy Center team.”

Coster most recently was in charge of government affairs for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and previously served as NCPA’s SVP government affairs during enactment of the landmark 2010 Affordable Care Act. Coster also has served as Rite Aid’s VP federal affairs and public policy and was VP policy and programs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He has worked for former Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., on the staff of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Coster received his bachelor of science in pharmacy from St. John’s University in New York and has a Masters and Ph.D. in policy sciences with a concentration in health from the University of Maryland Graduate School. He has worked in a community pharmacy and is a licensed pharmacist in New York, Maryland and Virginia.

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NACDS expands state government affairs team

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Wednesday that Joel Kurzman has joined its state government affairs team as a director.

Kurzman previously worked as senior policy manager for Abbott Labs in Illinois. He also worked in government affairs capacities for Prevent Blindness America and Anixter Center — both in Illinois. In his new role, Kurzman will collaborate with state associations and with NACDS member companies’ staff, advocating for pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policies directly with state lawmakers and state agencies in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

"Joel brings to NACDS an extensive background in policy, advocacy, coalition development and research, and we look forward to him hitting the ground running on our already highly regarded state government affairs team," NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. "He joins NACDS at a time when states are facing many challenges, and it is critical that pharmacy services are recognized as strategies to help reduce healthcare costs and improve patient health by helping patients take their medications as prescribed, thus preventing more costly forms of care. Joel’s experience will offer great value as he illustrates pharmacy as the face of neighborhood health care to state policymakers."

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