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Walgreens promotes support of The Jimmy Fund during Boston Red Sox radio broadcast

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON — Walgreens district manager Tyler Hough spent the fifth inning with WEEI radio broadcasters Dave O’Brien and Joe Castiglione, who were providing the play-by-play for the Boston Red Sox game vs. the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday evening, to talk about Walgreens’ promotion in support of The Jimmy Fund. 

Walgreens’ Boston-area stores raised $80,000 in support of The Jimmy Fund in 2012. For this season, Walgreens is donating $100 for every hit a Sox player caroms off of Fenway Park’s Green Monster. "The quicker the Sox players can hit it off the Green Monster, we’re willing to open up the wallet and give whatever we can," Hough told the broadcasters. 

The broadcasters also spoke a moment on the new Walgreens flagship store in downtown Boston, raving over the frozen yogurt selections, and discussed Hough’s tenure of 25 years with the retailer, where he started as a cashier. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Care Pharmacies awarded grant to implement medication synchronization program

BY Michael Johnsen

LINTHICUM, Md. — Care Pharmacies announced on Tuesday that the Pharmacy Quality Alliance has awarded them a grant to support the implementation of a medication synchronization program in Care Pharmacies nationwide using the appointment-based model. Medication synchronization using ABM focuses on aligning patients’ refills of chronic medications to fall upon the same appointment date each month, and connecting with the patient via an outbound call prior to the appointment, the pharmacy operator stated. 

Recent studies of medication synchronization using the appointment-based model have shown significant improvements over traditional pharmacy practice in both patient satisfaction and medication adherence.

"PQA is pleased to have a role in the uptake and spread of medication synchronization programs nationwide," PQA executive director Laura Cranston stated. "The synchronization of patients’ refills helps patients stay engaged in their health and has been shown to measurably improve medication adherence in patients with multiple chronic conditions," she added. “We look forward to working directly with CARE Pharmacies to improve patient outcomes.”

 

 

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Zarbee’s Naturals names Plum Organics CEO to board

BY Michael Johnsen

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Zarbee’s Naturals on Tuesday announced that Neil Grimmer, co-founder and CEO of Plum Organics, was appointed to the company’s board of directors.

“Neil is a mastermind when it comes to developing ideas, products and brands, and we are thrilled that he is joining Zarbee’s board of directors,” stated Zak Zarbock, founder of Zarbee’s Naturals.

Grimmer currently serves as CEO of Plum Organics, where he has led the launch of more than 100 new products, making Plum Organics one of the fastest-growing organic baby and kids food brand in the United States.

A recent winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Grimmer pioneered the first-to-market eco-pouch that has revolutionized the baby and kids food category.

“Neil will be a valuable addition to our board. He brings extraordinary experience that aligns perfectly with our mission at Zarbee’s,” said Bryce Johnson, CEO of Zarbee’s Naturals. “His innovative thinking will be a great contribution to our future growth.”

Grimmer will have opportunity to weigh in on Zarbee’s new product introductions right from the start. This year, Zarbee’s plans to introduce a number of new products, including Zarbee’s Children’s Sleep, Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief, a new Baby Cough Syrup and Children’s Cough for Mucus, the company noted.

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