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Walgreens plugs into Orlando market with on-site electric charging stations

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday will unveil its first electric vehicle charging station in Orlando, Fla., at its International Drive and Sand Lake Road location with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., as City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer makes the inaugural charge.

“These charging stations in neighborhoods and along major commuter routes will offer quick accessibility for EV drivers who may be worried about where to charge up next,” stated Walgreens market VP Marlin Hutchens. “These charging stations will continue to set us apart as a retailer as more people choose greener lifestyles.”

In July, Walgreens announced plans to offer EV charging stations at approximately 800 locations across the country by the end of the year. Walgreens has installations under way across Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Other host sites will incorporate stores in Boston and Denver. Select locations in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington also will receive EV charging stations.

Walgreens is working with Car Charging Group, an owner and provider of EV charging stations, to offer charging sites at eight locations throughout the area by the end of October. The charging stations will feature two level-2 chargers that are compatible with every EV produced in North America. Walgreens is helping to build Orlando’s EV charging infrastructure by becoming the area’s largest retail host of charging stations.

Car Charging Group will install, manage and maintain EV charging stations on Walgreens properties. The company will provide flexible payment options, the ability to make reservations and tracking of customer usage patterns, energy use, costs and revenues, all via the ChargePoint Network’s cloud-based software service plans for managing EV charging operations. Car Charging Group’s EV services installation also will provide Walgreens customers with access to ChargePoint Network’s 24/7 driver support and mobile phone applications, which include station location and real-time availability, turn-by-turn navigation and charging status.

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Remembering Len DeMino

BY Rob Eder

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. — The industry has lost a true “patriot of pharmacy practice” in longtime industry veteran Leonard “Len” DeMino, who passed away on Sept. 16. DeMino was 81.

“The growth and success of the profession of pharmacy — and where it stands today in our American society and in healthcare delivery — is the result of it standing on the shoulders of giants. In every sense of the word, Len is one of those giants,” National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson noted. “We will continue to see that in the future of pharmacy because we have all benefitted from the passion, commitment and love of Len for not only the profession of pharmacy, but the people that it serves. Len DeMino was a humanitarian who devoted himself to the promotion of human welfare and the advancement of pharmacy. Len embodied everything good about our nation and our industry.”

DeMino — who served the chain pharmacy industry for more than 50 years — first joined NACDS as VP pharmacy affairs in June 1989, after more than three decades with the once storied mid-Atlantic regional powerhouse Peoples Drug Stores (acquired by CVS in 1990), where he rose from staff pharmacist to VP. At NACDS, DeMino was a champion on state and national legislative issues, particularly on the third-party reimbursement front.

“NACDS tells the story of pharmacy as the face of neighborhood health care, and Len has lived that message every day as a patriot of pharmacy practice,” Anderson said at the time of DeMino’s official retirement in June 2009 as a senior pharmacy consultant to NACDS.

An early recipient of the NACDS Harold W. Pratt Award in 1988, DeMino also was a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association’s Bowl of Hygeia Award for community service. While at Peoples, DeMino was active in industry affairs, serving as chairman of the Pharmacy Affairs Committee and as the NACDS representative to the Drug Enforcement Administration Pharmacy Working Committee. He also was a past member of the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, and was active in the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

DeMino, a pharmacy graduate of George Washington University, also was highly active on the academic front, as an instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences at Howard University, and as a member of the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy Advisory Board.

DeMino is survived by his wife, Delores; daughter, Cristina and her husband Steve Finney; son, Joseph and his wife Anita DeMino; and his three grandchildren — Catherine and Michael Finney, and Anna DeMino.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonard J. DeMino Pharmacy Scholarship Fund, c/o NACDS Foundation, 413 N. Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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BP monitor touts convenience

BY Michael Johnsen

The blood-pressure monitor for the tech-savvy, early-adopter baby boomer generation has arrived. Health Lab recently started distributing its iHealth BP3 blood-pressure monitoring system through Walgreens, Target and Best Buy, among other retailers.

The iHealth blood pressure monitoring system lets users measure and track their blood pressure and heart rate from the convenience of their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The system comes with a blood-pressure arm cuff and a portable, battery-powered dock, allowing for quick and easy set up. The dock also doubles as a charging station for all three devices.

 

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