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WAL-MART EYES THOUSANDS OF CLINICS, CEO SAYS WASHINGTON Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., intends to contract with local hospitals and other organizations to open as many as 400 in-store health clinics over the next two to three years, said Lee Scott, the company's president and chief executive officer, in a speech late last month. If current market forces continue, up to 2,000 clinics could be

WAL-MART EYES THOUSANDS OF CLINICS, CEO SAYS

WASHINGTON — Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., intends to contract with local hospitals and other organizations to open as many as 400 in-store health clinics over the next two to three years, said Lee Scott, the company's president and chief executive officer, in a speech late last month. If current market forces continue, up to 2,000 clinics could be in Wal-Mart stores over the next five to seven years, Scott told the World Health Care Congress here. “We think the clinics will be a great opportunity for our business. But most importantly, they are going to provide something our customers and communities desperately need — affordable access at the local level to quality health care,” Scott said.

BERNAUER DECLARES ‘FRONT-OF-STORE’ AS PRIORITY FOR NACDS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Incoming National Association of Chain Drug Stores Chairman David Bernauer, who also is chairman of Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Ill., said late last month that the association will focus on “front-of-store” issues while fulfilling its commitment to promote the value of pharmacy. Bernauer addressed annual meeting here of NACDS, Alexandria, Va. After acknowledging that NACDS has not maximized its potential regarding front-of-store issues, Bernauer said, “That's going to change. It has to. It's dollars and cents. Remember this: For all of us, front end is usually the first step in developing pharmacy customers.”

NEW NACDS PRESIDENT URGES RETAIL PHARMACY PROMOTION

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — National Association of Chain Drug Stores President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson, in his first presentation to the association's membership, spoke of the importance of communicating the value of community pharmacy and retail health care. In his state of the association remarks at the NACDS annual meeting here late last month he emphasized that promoting the health-related messages of retail community pharmacy will create a stronger industry that benefits retailers and suppliers of the diverse products sold in their stores. “We must promote an accurate perception of this industry that promotes the value of pharmacy, our importance to the local community and the national economy, and the critical role pharmacy plays in health care and patient outcomes,” he said.

NACDS ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — David W. Bernauer, chairman, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Ill., was elected chairman of the board of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Alexandria, Va., for the 2007-2008 term. Warren F. Bryant, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Longs Drug Stores, Walnut Creek, Calif., was elected vice chairman, and Mark W. Parrish, chairman and CEO of Medicine Shoppe International, Earth City, Mo., was elected treasurer. The elections took place late last month during the NACDS annual meeting here.