Supermarket News Editorializes on Express Scripts CEO's "Pill Counter" Comments
3/6/2012 8:57 AM
editor-in-chief David Orgel is the latest to write
about the "controversial" comments
of Express Scripts CEO George Paz, who dismissed the value of pharmacy by saying "...drugs are drugs, and it shouldn't matter that much who's counting to 30."
Orgel described the press release by NACDS that "blasted" Paz' remarks, and NACDS' similarly deserved criticism of Medco CEO David Snow's now-infamous "robots vs. pharmacists" comments.
"It’s amazing this topic is being raised at all given the positive impact pharmacists are having in stores," Orgel wrote. "Consider that Meijer has placed a diabetes care pharmacist in every store. Consider that Piggly Wiggly South Carolina has featured grocery items at the pharmacy counter with signage encouraging shoppers to discuss health benefits with pharmacists."
Orgel went on to encourage retailers to continue to innovate the in-store experience.