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H-E-B to operate hospital pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

ODESSA, Texas — The Ector County Hospital District board of directors on Tuesday approved an outpatient pharmacy agreement with H-E-B that will bring a full-service pharmacy to Medical Center Hospital’s campus sometime this year, according to a report published by Odessa American.

“We hope that it will help our patient care by working with patients on discharge to get their medicines before they leave the hospital and educating them on the drugs,” Tony Ruiz, COO Medical Center Health System, told OA. “So we see a tremendous benefit as far the quality of care that’s delivered.”

The 1,100-sq.-ft. pharmacy is expected to open by fall.

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Home Depot Canada to hire 6,300 spring employees

BY Dan Berthiaume

Toronto – The Home Depot Canada is currently hiring 6,300 associates across all 180 locations to support its spring season. The company is hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal positions, such as sales associates, cashiers, design professionals, department supervisors and night operators.

Job opportunities are available on a market-by-market basis and are based on individual store needs.

Starting Feb. 5, The Home Depot Canada has 500 career events scheduled across Canada. In addition, The Home Depot Canada will host its very first National Hiring Day on Feb. 12, at all Home Depot Canada locations. Potential candidates are invited to walk-in to any Home Depot store across Canada to learn more about available employment opportunities.

"The Home Depot Canada lives by its core values, including taking care of its people," said Kim Forgues, VP, human resources, communications and sustainability, The Home Depot Canada. "That’s why we continue to invest in our 28,000 associates across the country. We want to ensure our customers continue to receive the value they deserve, while being provided with first class customer service."

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CVS will cease tobacco sales in October

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014. CVS/pharmacy will be the first national pharmacy chain to take this step.

CVS will also launch a national smoking cessation program this spring, expected to include information and treatment on smoking cessation at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic along with online resources. The program will be available broadly across all CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations and will offer additional comprehensive programs for CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management plan members to help them to quit smoking.

CVS management estimates it will lose around $2 billion in annual revenues from lost tobacco sales, including around $1.5 billion in tobacco sales and $500 million in sales of other products to tobacco customers. This represents around 17 cents per share and $0.06 to $0.09 in earnings per share.

"Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO, CVS Caremark. "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."

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