Our Thanks to “UnderMine CVS” for this candid picture taken last Friday night at Club K2U Southside. You know, that classy strip club on Front Street, a block from the dam. Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Could that be? Yes, I believe it just might be Larry Merlo unwinding after a day at the CVS offices. Racketeer. Makes you think about..
A guy named Vladimir claims to be the Pharmacy Manager at the CVS store at 1054 Cass Avenue. I can’t confirm that. He reports that he spends evenings at the K2U in hopes that he can suck up. Not just to Merlo. It seems that CVS executives keep the K2U in business all by themselves. Vladimir chuckled, “That Larry. He really like dat girl on da left. Whatchu think?” What a way to run a major corporation. I told him that Sassy did look a lot like a store manager at Rite-Aid I once knew. I honestly couldn’t tell since she had her pants on.
8/28/13 comment from my friend and Drug Topics colleague “Goose”. Then, my thoughts. JP
Not to dispute JP’s sources but at the CVS I used to work at, I can’t see anybody from upper management going to a local strip club.
I had a beer with Merlo and Tom Ryan at a CVS function one time and while they would have bought me beers ’til the cows came home, they only had one and they really nursed it.
We were at a company-wide get-together in Orlando and it was the first time I had been to such a function. Word came to me prior via a regional VP (in charge of 1000 stores) thru my Pharmacy Supervisor on what was expected of us. Limited alcohol consumption was part of that.
On day 1 of the conference, two married people (not to each other)got drunk, hooked up and the powers that be found out about it and confronted them. They confessed and were sent back home…minus a job. CVS made sure everybody knew about it too.
It’s a different company now, with a different CEO so I’m not toally discounting this, but I imagine with their legal woes of late, they are not doing things like this to bring attention to themselves. Keep in mind though, Ryan used to live in the Boston area and I would doubt that any of the upper management live in Woonsocket. It’s a small town really and we all assumed they were headquartered there for tax purposes. So they would not be doing going to a strip club were they live.
Goose, Goose, you ruin my fun. I found the image and then made up the story. In the same category that CVS lawyers participate when they say, “But, your honor, we didn’t do it. It musta been Walgreens.” If, indeed, Merlo and the boys (and they are probably mostly guys with a token female or two) are teetotalers… well good for them. I am not concerned about their partying habits. I am concerned with the unethical, thoughtless and often cruel way they behave with employees who have been loyal for decades. You get nothing from me, boys, for acting like Boy Scouts. The worm will turn, Merlo. Trust me. All of these kids who saw this somewhere. PHARMACIST. STARTING PAY $100,000.00 PLUS are gonna get their PharmDs at one of these for-profit schools that are little more than NAPLEX Preparation courses and then spend 6 months finding a job in East Podunk and have to settle for $60,000.00 and three 14s a week. The word will get out. Some of those schools like Touro U will be closing. There will be a shortage again. Then.. see who the best and brightest favor. Then see who gets rewarded. Then see whose pharmacies flunk. Yes, Larry and the rest of you who are short-sighted. The worm will turn and it will be downright medieval the way your companies are treated by potential employee pharmacists. Sign-on bonuses may not be enough to get the best and brightest. You may have to write $50,000.00 checks for the dunces. That is what I think, Goose. Thanks for the spot to segue with my real thoughts. JP
Here is an update regarding the RICO lawsuit brought forth by an independent Pharmacy organization literally fighting for our profession.
”The suit was filed in federal court in September, 2010. It accuses CVS Caremark of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations and trade secret misappropriation. The complaint also says CVS Caremark contracts requiring patients to buy maintenance medications only from CVS Caremark violate the Texas “Any Willing Provider” law.
The plaintiff pharmacies complain CVS Caremark misuses private business and patient data to target pharmacies for takeover. They assert these actions are ongoing criminal practices constituting racketeering. The plaintiffs seek treble damages for the RICO violations, as well as an injunction barring CVS Caremark’s practices in the future. The trade secret misappropriation claim includes a request for exemplary damages. “
Texas-based American Pharmacies (APRx) yesterday moved one step closer to an open court trial in its landmark 2010 lawsuit against CVS Caremark that alleges RICO violations and trade secret misappropriation (RICO = Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act). The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected CVS-Caremark’s appeal of an earlier federal court ruling that most of American Pharmacies’ RICO lawsuit against CVS must be heard in open court. The February 11 ruling by the three-judge panel means the lawsuit will now proceed on the merits of the case. CVS Caremark has continuously sought to send the entire case against it and its subsidiaries to arbitration to keep the suit out of the public eye.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? BECAUSE IF THE CHAINS/PBMS CAN CONTINUE DICTATING WHERE PATIENT’S CAN GO FOR THEIR MEDICATION IT WILL LEAD TO CONSOLIDATION, WHICH LEADS TO FEWER PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHARMACISTS AND OF COURSE POORER WORK ENVIRONMENTS. TOO MANY PHARMACISTS ARE UNAWARE THAT BEING POLTICALLY ACTIVE IS THE ONLY WAY TO TAKE OUR PROFESSION BACK. AND EVEN THE ONES WHO REALIZE THIS MAY NOT NO WJERE TO START. THE NCPA AND THIS AMERICAN PHARMACIES ORGANIZATION ARE A GREAT PLACE TO START….http://www.aprx.org