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Publix pharmacy marks major milestone

BY CSA STAFF
Publix pharmacies surpassed a major milestone this month, filling more than 50 million free prescriptions for its customers in the past eight years.

The Publix Pharmacy started its free antibiotic program in 2007, and continues to make improvements based on research and need, Publix stated. The company’s prescription program addresses such health issues as diabetes and high blood pressure, providing medications to customers at no cost. According to Publix, the medications include:

  • Amlodipine, used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina);
  • Metformin, used to treat diabetes; and
  • Lisinopril, used to prevent, treat, or improve symptoms of high blood pressure, certain heart conditions, diabetes, and certain chronic kidney conditions.
The program also provides the following antibiotics: Amoxicillin, ampicillin, ciprofloxacin (excluding ciprofloxacin XR), penicillin VK, and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim.

“We’re thrilled to have helped so many customers with free antibiotic prescriptions, diabetes management and medication adherence as well as overcoming the financial barrier to taking their medications as prescribed,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “We’ve continued to enhance our free prescription program to allow our customers to focus on family health and achieving their wellness goals.”

In order for customers to take advantage of the program, they need to provide a Publix pharmacist with their prescription for one of the free medications or have their prescription transferred and it will be filled at no cost. Publix doesn’t place a limit on the number of free prescriptions that customers need filled. Publix also said it encouragescustomers to utilize Sync Your Refills, a program that assists with synchronizations of medications to be refilled on the same day of the month.

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The one report every Walmart supplier should read

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Suppliers to Walmart are always looking for ways to align themselves with the retailer and develop strategies that drive sales. Nothing could be more instructive on that front than 2015 version of a Global Responsibility Report, which reveals the company’s extensive social and environmental commitments and accomplishments.

The eighth annual edition of the document was released this week in conjunction with other material related to the company June 5 shareholders meeting.

GRR reports are common among major corporations, but the reason the document is must-reading for suppliers to the company is that it outlines social and environmental priorities aimed at creating economic opportunity for employees and others in the retail industry more broadly; enhancing the sustainability of Walmart’s operations and product supply chain; and strengthening communities in the places Walmart operates.Failing to understand such major directional issues and accomplishment is a huge miss for any supplier looking to achieve success with the world’s largest retailer.

Every day, Walmart brings affordable products and services to 260 million customers in 27 countries around the world. As the world’s largest retailer, we have committed to use our strengths to help others, by addressing social and environmental issues in collaboration with customers, suppliers, governments, non-profits, and other stakeholders,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart.

We believe business exists to serve society. Our commitment to global responsibility goes beyond philanthropy – it is a whole company undertaking that is woven into our day-to-day business activities, creating value for business and society.”

The document is accessible by clicking here.

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Founder of TJX Cos. to retire from board

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The TJX Cos. Inc. announced Wednesday that Chairman Bernard Cammarata will retire following the company’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled for June 11.

Cammarata, 75, founder and chairman of the TJX Companies Inc., has nearly 40 years with the company.

Carol Meyrowitz, 61, who has served as CEO of TJX since January 2007, been a board director since 2006 and joined the company in 1983, will succeed him as chairman.

Cammarata has been chairman of the board of TJX since 1999. He founded T.J. Maxx in 1976 and served as its president until 1987. At that time, he was named president and CEO of TJX, and served in that position until 2000. Cammarata also was acting CEO of TJX from September 2005 to January 2007. He also previously served as chairman of The Marmaxx Group, the company’s largest division.

After his retirement from the board, Cammarata will remain with the company in an advisory role as founder and executive advisor.

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