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January 10, 2022

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CARE heralded as Regional Chain of the Year

CARE heralded as Regional Chain of the Year

LINTHICUM, Md. — CARE Pharmacies is continuing to make its mark in the industry with new programs and initiatives to serve its growing membership that has seen its footprint rise to almost 130 pharmacies in 23 states. The Maryland-based company has added to its track record of growth by watching its sales expand to almost

Merchant of the Year honors for Walmart’s Julie Barber

Merchant of the Year honors for Walmart’s Julie Barber

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — For Walmart’s Julie Barber, transitioning from food merchandising to a top position in the company’s health and wellness merchandising business, was “a perfect next step.” In the earlier role, she explains, she was already focused on health, because what people eat is so central to their well-being. “We were really leaning in

Pharmacy Outlook: Lee Ann Stember, NCPDP

Pharmacy Outlook: Lee Ann Stember, NCPDP

Through value-based arrangements (VBAs) and speed to standards development, NCPDP is taking bold steps to help power a new health care paradigm focused on improving patient health outcomes and reducing costs. It’s a paradigm that changes the dynamics between payors, providers and patients. It changes the way health care services are coordinated, managed, delivered and

Rick Gates wins Pharmacy Executive of the Year accolade

Rick Gates wins Pharmacy Executive of the Year accolade

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Rick Gates developed a passion for retail pharmacy early on working at an independent drug store while still in high school. Today, as senior vice president of pharmacy and health care at Walgreens, he is making it possible for thousands of pharmacists to have an even greater impact on patient care. “The

Pharmacy Outlook: Sandra Hanna, Neighbourhood Pharmacies

Pharmacy Outlook: Sandra Hanna, Neighbourhood Pharmacies

Each new year offers a time for reflection. There’s also a readiness to shake off the old and leap optimistically toward a promising future. I’ve never felt so optimistic about the possibilities on the horizon for pharmacy, especially when reflecting on our accomplishments over last year. For our association, 2021 was a year of remarkable

Pharmacy Outlook: Ronald Piervincenzi, USP

Pharmacy Outlook: Ronald Piervincenzi, USP

The COVID-19 pandemic made the last year both an extraordinary and challenging time to work in health care. Development, distribution and administration of new vaccines, treatments and preventatives moved at a pace never before experienced. Pharmacists and other health care practitioners were called to the front lines of a mass vaccination effort, working to balance

Urban Hydration awards honor business partners

Urban Hydration awards honor business partners

FRISCO, Texas — Leading with heart and empathy was the overarching theme of the Second Annual Business Partner Awards hosted by Urban Hydration last month. “The most important part of any great leader is leading with your heart. If you start there, with having empathy, care, compassion and inclusivity in your thinking, the rest will

Pharmacy Outlook: Stephen Ubl, PhRMA

Pharmacy Outlook: Stephen Ubl, PhRMA

Throughout 2021, lawmakers engaged in a robust debate over ways to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Our industry was at the center of this debate, fighting for reforms that would lower costs at the pharmacy while preserving patient access to life-saving medicines and future innovation. Unfortunately, Congress refused to take a holistic approach that

NACDS is recognized as CDR’s Retailer of the Year

NACDS is recognized as CDR’s Retailer of the Year

ARLINGTON, Va. — Author and consultant Jim Collins is perhaps best known for applying the concept of the flywheel effect to the business world. Introduced in his book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t, the theory eschews the notion that an organization advances by sudden, dramatic surges, asserting instead

Pharmacy Outlook: Sheila Arquette, NASP

Pharmacy Outlook: Sheila Arquette, NASP

Specialty pharmacies support patients diagnosed with life-altering and oftentimes life threatening complex health conditions, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, rare and orphan diseases and organ transplantation. The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy is a nonprofit trade organization and the only national association representing all specialty pharmacy industry stakeholders. The mission of

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