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Rite Aid executive shifted to new post


CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid Corp. on Friday named Ernie Richardsen, a 17-year pharmacy industry veteran, to the post of group VP pharmaceutical purchasing and clinical services.

In his new position, Richardsen, 41, a licensed pharmacist, is responsible for pharmaceutical purchasing and purchasing strategy, patient compliance initiatives, pharmacy program development, in-store clinics and retail pricing. He reports to John Standley, president and COO of Rite Aid.

“[Richardsen] is a seasoned pharmacy executive with broad business experience,” Standley stated. “He’s made valuable contributions to Rite Aid since joining our company with the acquisition of Brooks/Eckerd, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from his talent and expertise as he takes on his new responsibilities.”

Richardsen most recently served as Rite Aid 's VP pharmacy programs and clinical services.

Prior to joining Rite Aid, Richardsen served as VP pharmacy category management for the former Brooks/Eckerd drug chain where he oversaw all aspects of pharmaceutical purchasing, including brand, generic and diagnostic product procurement; reverse logistics and patient compliance programs.

Richardsen is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. He received his master’s degree in business administration from Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania.

He replaces David Vucurevich, who has left Rite Aid to pursue a new opportunity in the pharmaceutical industry.

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