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Western NY nonprofit gets $16.1M to combat diabetes in the area

BY Alaric DeArment

BUFFALO, N.Y. A nonprofit group in western New York state will use $16.1 million to fight diabetes in the region.

HEALTHeLINK, a coalition of several healthcare organizations in the area, announced that it would use money from the Department of Health and Human Services to fund the effort. In June, it won the largest Beacon Community Award in the country. The Beacon Project was created to help spur development of health information technology.

The Obama administration’s national coordinator for health information technology, David Blumenthal, as well as Rep. Brian Higgins and New York state health commissioner Richard Daines, gathered Tuesday to make the official announcement.

“I would like to congratulate Buffalo and the western New York community for collaborating to strengthen a clinical information exchange and related care coordination program that exemplifies our aspirations for creating a national health information technology infrastructure aimed at realizing specific healthcare quality and efficiency goals,” Blumenthal said in a statement.

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Target to provide flu immunizations in pharmacies and clinics

BY Jim Frederick

MINNEAPOLIS Gearing up for flu season, Target will launch its nationwide flu vaccination program at its more than 1,600 pharmacies and Target Clinic locations beginning Sept. 1.

Target pharmacists and clinicians will administer the flu shots, at a cost of $24, during regular pharmacy and in-store clinic hours, including weekday evenings and weekends. Target Clinic locations also will offer the nasal spray for $36.

No appointment will be necessary for flu shots, which will protect against both the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus. The company said it would “accept many major insurance plans, which may cover the full cost of the flu vaccine.”

Keri Jones, Target SVP merchandising, said the goal will be to make the 1,743-store chain “the complete prevention destination.”

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CDMA hires Fruth Pharmacy vet as SVP

BY Antoinette Alexander

NOVI, Mich. The Chain Drug Marketing Association last week named Bob Messick to the newly created position of SVP.

“Bob’s past retail experience with Fruth Pharmacy for 28 years will be a positive addition to our CDMA staff,” stated Jim Devine, president of CDMA. “Bob has also served on the CDMA board of directors and CDMA strategic planning committee. His knowledge from having served in these positions will be a great asset to CDMA.”

In the past two years, CDMA has experienced 25% growth in sales and membership.

Messick’s responsibilities at CDMA will include purchasing, marketing and advertising. He will report directly to Devine and will start Aug. 30. Messick has relocated from West Virginia to Brighton, Mich., with his wife, Julia, and their three sons.

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