Issue 08-03-2009

An opportunity for NACDS to stand out

In a letter, Chain Drug Review‘s editor urges National Association of Chain Drug Stores chief executive Steve Anderson to tackle core issues for the association head on. Steve Anderson President and CEO NACDS 413 N. Lee St. Alexandria, Va. 22314 Dear Steve: Now that you’ve become comfortable in your job as NACDS president, the time

For Rx, the time to act is now

Despite President Obama’s wish to have both chambers of Congress pass health care reform bills before the start of the August recess, it appeared almost certain that legislators would return home without acting. Even as committees in the House and Senate were reporting progress toward forging a compromise on such contentious issues as cost, the

House moves closer to deal on health care

WASHINGTON — Efforts to pass health care reforms took a major step forward late last month when House Democratic leaders reached an agreement with fiscally conservative members of their party. The so-called Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative House Democrats, had objected to the legislation’s estimated $1 trillion cost over 10 years and

Walgreens becomes a truly national chain

Walgreens becomes a truly national chain

WASILLA, Alaska — Walgreen Co. celebrated the grand opening of its first store in Alaska and its presence in all 50 states last month. “More than 100 years ago our founder, Charles Walgreen Sr., would remind his customers, ‘You’re always welcome at Walgreens,’ ” said Mark Wagner, executive vice president of operations and community management for

Bartell upgrades store base

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs began a series of three store openings this year with the July 20 opening of its 55th store at Lake Serene in Lynnwood, Wash. The 16,400-square-foot location will employ approximately 25 associates. The new Lake Serene store replaces the Mukilteo Speedway location and provides customers with a larger, modernized store with

Legislation is critiqued by NACDS

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has urged the House of Representatives to improve Medicare Part D and control prescription drug spending in health care reform legislation. In letters to House committee leaders the association urged that pro-patient and pro-pharmacy measures — including Medicaid reform, access to durable medical equipment supplies

Pharmaca names Panzer as CEO

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has appointed Mark Panzer as its chief executive officer. Panzer has served as the company’s chief operating officer since October 2008. “It is very inspiring to have a leadership role in such an innovative and transformational business,” he says. Previous chief executive officer Barry Perzow will continue providing leadership

Duane Reade rounds out merchandising team

NEW YORK — Duane Reade Inc. has bolstered its merchandising team in a flurry of personnel moves as it pushes ahead with major store-optimization and marketing initiatives. The drug chain has hired Paul Tiberio as senior director of category management. The company says Tiberio will lead the category management team and help redefine the Duane

More executive changes at Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has announced a number of executive promotions. Wade Miquelon has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer, while John Spina was named corporate vice president of retail integration and new format development. Miquelon joined Walgreens as senior vice president and chief financial officer in

Ontario takes aim at drug costs

TORONTO — The government of Ontario is moving quickly to achieve further savings and greater efficiency in its drug plan. According to the province’s health ministry, there are five main reasons why a second round of reform is needed: There is a growing demand for prescription drugs, which will result in increased government costs; spending

Sussman will head MinuteClinic at CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. has named Dr. Andrew Sussman president and chief operating officer of its MinuteClinic business. In addition, he has been made CVS Caremark’s senior vice president and associate chief medical officer. Sussman was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer of UMass Memorial Medical Center, the major teaching arm