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APhA Foundation welcomes three new board members

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON Following the installment of new board members at the American Pharmacists Association’s annual meeting last month, the APhA Foundation officially welcomed Mark Cziraky, Daniel Luce and David Schulke to its board of directors.

The three will serve three-year terms for APhA’s charitable arm.

Mark Cziraky is staff VP research development and operations at HealthCore, Inc. in Wilmington, Del. Healthcore studies the “real world” safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices and care management interventions and offers insight on how to best use this data to healthcare decision-makers to support evidence-based medicine, product development decisions, safety monitoring, coverage decisions, process improvement and overall cost-effective health care. He serves on the board of directors for other organizations, including the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology, the National Lipid Association and the board of trustees with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices

As the national director of pharmacy affairs with Walgreens, one of the nation’s largest drug store chains, Daniel Luce’s responsibilities are focused on regulatory initiatives, which involve the advancement of pharmacy technology systems, including workload balancing, prescription imaging, and routing of prescriptions. He works with both state boards of pharmacy and state legislatures. During his eight-year tenure on the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board, Luce served both as the vice chair and chairman of the board.

David Schulke is VP research programs for the Health Research & Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, in Washington. Schulke worked for twelve years with Congress, where  he focused on healthcare quality and access problems and drafted legislation that led to the establishment of the first Medicare outpatient prescription drug benefit, enacted in 1988, and the Medicaid drug rebate program enacted in 1990. He also served on the White House health reform task force in 1993-94.

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Mylan begins marketing generic ADHD treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH Mylan has begun marketing a generic version of a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the generic drug maker announced Monday.

Mylan’s methamphetamine hydrochloride tablets in the 5 mg strength are a generic version of Lundbeck’s Desoxyn and are the first generic version of that drug to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Methamphetamine hydrochloride tablets had sales of $9.3 million in 2009, according to IMS Health.

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NACDS Foundation contributes $150,000 to Haiti relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

PALM BEACH, Fla. The charitable arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has contributed $150,000 to assist Haiti relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation.

The NACDS Foundation’s contributions included $50,000 each to organizations that have been immersed in this important work since the January earthquake: Doctors Without Borders, AmeriCares, and Convoy of Hope. Among their areas of expertise, Doctors Without Borders focuses on healthcare delivery;  AmeriCares delivers much-needed medicines, medical supplies, water purification tablets, baby food and other resources; and Convoy of Hope provides meals, medical supplies and water filtration systems to places in need.

“Haiti has disappeared from the front pages of our newspapers, but it will take decades of work to restore the land of these proud people,” said NACDS Foundation chairman of the board and NACDS CEO Steve Anderson. “These contributions reflect the many, many steps that pharmacy chains and suppliers, and others across industries have made to assist Haiti at this time.”

Anderson announced the contributions during his remarks at the NACDS Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

“The NACDS Foundation’s vision is to improve the health and wellness of the people in America, and the NACDS Foundation board of directors decided wisely to extend this vision globally amid the ongoing and tremendous need in Haiti,” said NACDS Foundation president Edith A. Rosato. “Our commitment to helping those in Haiti knows no bounds and we truly hope that this contribution will assist in the relief effort, and help maintain a focus on the long-term needs of the Haitian people.”

In addition to this contribution, the NACDS Foundation is matching dollar-for-dollar contributions of NACDS and NACDS Foundation staff members to Hope for Haiti, as part of the Green for Jeans program. Through this program, staff members make donations for the privilege of wearing jeans to work on Fridays.

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