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NC Gov. Pat McCrory gestures as he offers his remarks following the announcement of Eshelman's $100 million commitment to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Fred Eshelman, left, shakes hands with NC Gov. Pat McCrory following the announcement of Eshelman's $100 million commitment to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Fred Eshelman, left, shakes hands with Eshelman School of Pharmacy Dean Robert Blouin following the announcement of Eshelman's commitment of $100 million to the school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday (Dec. 3).
Dr. Fred Eshelman speaks during a ceremony at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during which his commitment of $100 million to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy was announced. At left is Dr. Robert A. Blouin, dean of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Fred Eshelman, delivers his remarks following the announcement of Eshelman's commitment of $100 million to the school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday (Dec. 3).
Dr. Fred Eshelman, delivers his remarks following the announcement of Eshelman's commitment of $100 million to the school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday (Dec. 3).
Dr. Fred Eshelman, left, is applauded by Eshelman School of Pharmacy Dean Robert Blouin following the announcement of Eshelman's commitment of $100 million to the school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday (Dec. 3).
Dr. Fred Eshelman, center, is applauded by Chancellor Carol L. Folt, left, and Eshelman School of Pharmacy Dean Robert Blouin, right, following the announcement of his commitment of $100 million to the school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chancellor Carol L. Folt, center, leads the platform party and the audience in a "Go Heels!" cheer after a ceremony announcing Dr. Fred Eshelman's $100 million commitment to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday (Dec. 3). From left are, Dr. Fred Eshelmann, Dean Robert A. Blouin, Folt, UNC President Tom Ross and NC. Gov. Pat McCrory
From left, Dean Robert A. Blouin, Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Dr. Fred Eshelman, UNC President Tom Ross, NC Gov. Pat McCrory and Vice Chancellor for Development David Routh celebrate Eshelman's $100 million commitment to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday as they prepare to cut a cake in the image of the Old Well following the formal ceremony.
From left, Dean Robert A. Blouin, Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Dr. Fred Eshelman, UNC President Tom Ross, and NC Gov. Pat McCrory celebrate Eshelman's $100 million commitment to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday as they prepare to cut a cake in the image of the Old Well following the formal ceremony.
From left, David Routh, vice chancellor for Development, Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Dr. Fred Eshelman, and Dr. Robert A. Blouin, sign papers accepting Eshelman's $100 million commitment to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday (Dec. 3).
From left, David Routh, vice chancellor for Development, Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Dr. Fred Eshelman, and Dr. Robert A. Blouin, sign papers accepting Eshelman's $100 million commitment to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday (Dec. 3).
From left, David Routh, vice chancellor for Development, Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Dr. Fred Eshelman, and Dr. Robert A. Blouin, enjoy a light moment after signing papers accepting Eshelman's $100 million commitment to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday (Dec. 3).
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UNC-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy receives record donation

BY DSN STAFF

Photos by Dan Sears, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last week received a $100 million commitment to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy from alumni Fred Eshelman, founder and CEO of Pharmaceutical Product Development and founding chairman of Furiex Pharmaceuticals.
The donation is the largest from an individual in the university’s history and the largest that’s ever been donated to a pharmacy school in the United States. It will be used to create a center within the pharmacy school named the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.

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DSN taps pharmacy education pro Nancy Lyons to lead CE, clinical content development

BY Rob Eder

NEW YORK — Drug Store News has named Nancy Lyons director of continuing education and clinical content. Lyons will be responsible for the growth and development of DSN’s Continuing Education platform, and driving cutting-edge clinical content, education and training programs for community pharmacists.   
 

Lyons joined Drug Store News from Roche Diabetes Care where she served most recently as scientific advisor, global medical and scientific affairs, responsible for developing a national clinical study protocol and health care professional education pieces to support clinical programs initiatives. 
 
Prior to that, Lyons spent 18 years at Albertson’s/Supervalu working in a variety of clinical programs leadership roles, including, most recently, as manager of clinical training and new program development, working to develop educational content, CE programs and training needs for more than 800 of the company’s stores, including more than 2,400 pharmacists and more than 6,000 pharmacy technicians.
 
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity at Drug Store News,” Lyons said. “I have spent much of my career focused on delivering meaningful education for patients and community pharmacy teams. In this role, I’m hoping to have a much broader reach to bring the needed clinical content to those who can best use the information to impact patient care.”
 
“DSN is very happy to have Nancy join to lead our Continuing Education platform,” noted Drug Store News publisher Wayne Bennett. “She brings a diverse background of retail pharmacy experience, clinical training and business acumen to this role at a time when DSN is about a launch a significant upgrade to its existing CE and clinical content programs.”
 
Lyons holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Butler University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. Additionally, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator, and also holds professional memberships with the American Pharmacists Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association.
 
Lyons will be based in the Indianapolis area.
 

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NACDS issues statement on TRICARE approach urging pharmacy choice for military families, veterans

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — As Congress continues consideration of the bipartisan conference agreement to the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which reflects negotiations to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills, National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson issued the following statement:

“NACDS has remained highly engaged in efforts to preserve pharmacy choice for TRICARE patients.  While we acknowledge modest improvements in retail pharmacy provisions of the bipartisan conference agreement, remaining provisions still restrict retail pharmacy access for some TRICARE patients.

“The bipartisan agreement, which passed the U.S. House last week, includes a $3 increase in TRICARE prescription copayments amounts for 2015 across the board (except for generics obtained through mail order which remain at $0 copay).  In addition, implementation of the requirement for TRICARE beneficiaries to obtain their brand name maintenance medications through mail order or a military treatment facility has been delayed until October 2015.  These provisions are improvements from measures included in the Senate version of the bill that would have had much more severe impacts on beneficiaries.

“We thank House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon for his leadership in helping to prevent drastic increases in copayments that would have impacted many TRICARE beneficiaries.

“However, the agreement also requires the use of mail order for non-formulary medications, which means that some TRICARE patients will not have the option of utilizing a retail pharmacy for these medications.

“Retail pharmacies are healthcare destinations, providing reliable and convenient access to prescription medications, as well as pharmacist-provided vaccinations, chronic disease management, medication therapy management and simple health testing services — all of which can improve patient outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs.

“As the Senate is expected to vote on the agreement this week, we will continue to work with Congress, and moving forward with the congressionally-established Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, to reiterate the importance of pharmacy choice and access for military service members, veterans and their families.”

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