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ABC News to host live Twitter chat on pain management

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — ABC News will be hosting a live Twitter chat focusing on pain management on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., as part of the news agency’s next ABC News National Tweet Chat. ABC plans to cover a range of topics related to pain management, including chronic pain and palliative care.

To join in on the conversation, click here

ABC news chief health/medical editor Richard Besser hosts a weekly twitter chat (#abcDRBchat). Find him on Twitter at @DrRichardBesser.

 

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Walgreens expands travel health services

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced that it is now offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations, to support the nearly 60 million annual planned trips by U.S. residents venturing outside the country.

“Our pharmacists frequently interact with patients as they plan travel, and this is another way we can provide personalized services to help them best prepare and stay well while abroad,” said Jack Cantlin, Walgreens divisional VP, retail clinical services. “In addition to immunizations, there’s a lot of pertinent health information people need when traveling to other parts of the world. By expanding our travel health services and spending more time with patients, Walgreens can serve as a convenient resource for all international travel needs.”

Walgreens travel health consultations are private appointments tailored to each individual’s personal medical history, travel destination and other informational needs. Consultations include travel itinerary review and recommendations on immunizations, prescription refills and over-the-counter medications. Patients can select between a 15-minute consultation or the 30-minute consultation inclusive of immunization and medication refill recommendations, a personalized travel health report and development of reference and vaccination documentation required for travel in a number of countries. Prices for consultations vary and start at $19.99.

Travel health consultations and immunizations are available at select stores during pharmacy hours with a scheduled appointment. Pharmacists use published travel guidelines that are updated daily to provide travel health information.

Travel immunizations are widely available at more than 5,000 Walgreens stores in 41 states. Full travel consultations, which can include immunizations and other services, are currently offered at 1,500 locations, Walgreens reported.

Travelers also can schedule an appointment for travel immunization only. Walgreen’ suite of travel immunizations includes Hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, polio, rabies, typhoid and Yellow fever. 

 

 

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Lupin names chief corporate development officer for its global operations

BY Michael Johnsen

BALTIMORE — Lupin on Monday announced the appointment of Theresa Stevens as chief corporate development officer for its global operations. Stevens will assume full responsibility for global merger and acquisitions and specialty business strategy. Stevens has more than 27 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech sector, with significant experience in managing strategy, corporate development, M&A and licensing.    

“I am very pleased to welcome Theresa to the Lupin family," said Vinita Gupta, Lupin CEO. "I am sure her rich experience in the areas of M&A and specialty strategy within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry sector will help Lupin’s growth plans.”  

Prior to joining Lupin, Stevens was with Aptalis as the chief corporate development officer responsible for M&As, strategy and global business development. Before Aptalis, Stevens was with Novartis for more than nine years, and held positions of increasing responsibility including head, global BD&L for general medicines, executive director and head, global BD&L for respiratory and dermatology business units and head U.S. business development and licensing, life cycle management and generic brand strategies. 

Stevens has a masters degree in biochemistry from University of Maryland and is a Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law. She started her career as a research scientist at Dupont and has practiced corporate law at Pennie & Edmonds. 

Earlier this year, Lupin had appointed Maurice Chagnaud as president-Europe and head of inhalation strategy. He had joined from Teva, where he was the VP Central and Eastern Europe. Lupin has been in the middle of preparing for a bigger push globally and is looking to take a deeper dive into the U.S. and European markets as well as fast growing emrging markets like Mexico, Brazil, Russia and China. The company also is targeting niche segments like inhalation, which is valued at more than $23 billion in annual sales, Lupin reported, citing IMS sales data. 

The company, which is in the middle of setting up a dedicated inhalation research facility in the United States, had earlier this year appointed Xian-Ming Zeng as SVP inhalation research and development. Xian-Ming also joined Lupin from Teva, where he was VP global respiratory R&D in the branded pharmaceutical products division since 2007.

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