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Walgreens still evaluating sales of tobacco

BY Michael Johnsen

Deerfield, Ill. — Responding to the announcement by CVS Caremark that its plans to stop selling tobacco products in its stores, Walgreens stated that the category has been under review at its stores, too.

Walgreens has been evaluating its tobacco line for “some time,” and, according to spokesperson Michael Polzin, it “will continue to evaluate the choice of products our customers want, while also helping to educate them and providing smoking cessation products and alternatives that help reduce the demand for tobacco products.”

Walgreens also announced a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare to launch a free, Internet-based smoking cessation program called Sponsorship to Quit. The program will provide smokers with customized tools to track their progress in quitting smoking.

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Sears Holdings names pharmacy exec

BY Michael Johnsen

BOULDER, Colo. — Mark Panzer, president and CEO Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, will be leaving Pharmaca in pursuit of an opportunity at Sears Holding Company, DSN has learned.

Panzer will be in charge of pharmacy operations at Sears Holding and will direct the health and wellness initiatives across K-Mart pharmacy as SVP and president pharmacy.

Dave Maher, a longtime Pharmaca board member and fellow chain drug veteran, will be serving as interim CEO as Pharmaca searches for a new candidate. Maher’s experience includes time as president of American Stores Company and CEO Osco Drug.

Under Panzer’s leadership, Pharmaca had a reputation for implementing cutting-edge strategies across its smaller footprint, including a loyalty card, a mobile app, an in-store Beauty Bar and a robust e-commerce offering.

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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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