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New NACDS Chairman Larry Merlo Emphasizes Personal Commitment, Connection to Pharmacy
Date:4/27/2010

President of CVS/pharmacy emphasizes promotion of medication adherence and effectiveness during NACDS Annual Meeting

Palm Beach, FL (Vocus) April 27, 2010 -- In his first remarks as the newly elected chairman of the Board of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), Larry J. Merlo, president of CVS/pharmacy, paid tribute to the pharmacy icons who have advanced chain pharmacy and his own personal path. He also made clear his confidence that the personal link between pharmacists and patients can help improve patient health and healthcare delivery. Merlo delivered his comments today during the 2010 NACDS Annual Meeting.

Merlo described the beginning of his interest in pharmacy during high school; his pharmacy studies at the University of Pittsburgh and employment with Thrift Drug; his tenure with People’s Drug during which he first engaged with NACDS; and his resulting career with CVS/pharmacy. He acknowledged teachers, pharmacy managers and company leaders who fueled his passion for the industry.

He described some of the changes and trends shaping pharmacy, including electronic prescribing, the growth of the over-65 population, and aspects of the new healthcare reform law including the closing of the Medicare Part D “donut hole” and the expansion of the number of Americans with healthcare coverage.

Merlo also described ongoing healthcare reform challenges, including taming healthcare costs. Stating simply, and powerfully, “I think this is where we come into play,” Merlo launched into a declaration of pharmacy’s value and potential.

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