Asteres names retail pharmacy vet CEO
SAN DIEGO Asteres, a provider of automated prescription pickup kiosks and maker of ScriptCenter, on Tuesday named retail pharmacy veteran Mark de Bruin as CEO to lead its rapid expansion into the retail, healthcare and military markets.
“Leading three of the largest U.S. retail pharmacies, [de Bruin’s] strategic leadership and national operations expertise are key,” stated Ron Taylor, Asteres chairman. “Asteres is growing, ScriptCenter markets are expanding and [de Bruin] brings the right experience at the right time.”
De Bruin joins Asteres from Sears Holdings, where he was SVP and president of pharmacy. Before his time at Sears, de Bruin served as EVP pharmacy for Rite Aid and VP pharmacy for Albertsons. De Bruin also held several senior positions at American Stores Co., including GM, and served as VP RxAmerica, a pharmacy benefits management company.
De Bruin also has served as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores – Policy Council, chairman of the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Annual Meeting and as a member of the Federal Medicaid Commission, appointed by then-Health and Human Services Secretary, Michael Leavitt.
“I am excited to join Asteres, the leader in automated pharmacy pick-up,” de Bruin said. “With solid technology, Asteres allows pharmacy patients the opportunity to pick-up their prescriptions quickly, while providing the pharmacist additional time to provide clinical consultation to patients.”
Target gives award to RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions
ATLANTA Target has named RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions a recipient of its 2008 “Partner Award of Excellence.” The award was recently presented to RelayHealth at the National Council for Prescription Drug Program’s Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Target annually recognizes vendor partners for their extraordinary passion for performance and dedication to the Target brand. RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions earned the award by demonstrating innovative leadership, superior business practices and commitment to Target’s core strategies: differentiation, value and reliability.
Notable areas of excellence were RelayHealth’s operational responsiveness and collaborative partnership in creating new services.
“We are proud to partner with [Target] to bring innovative solutions that enhance their operations and clinical services for their valued pharmacy patrons,” said Jeff Felton, president, RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions. “This award is truly a tribute to the dedication of our entire team and recognizes our long-standing relationship.”
RelayHealth helps improve clinical and financial information management, patient safety and business performance. RelayHealth also provides network and claims processing connectivity services that add value and efficiency to more than 90% of the nation’s retail pharmacies.
Vivus presents results of glucose-lowering investigational drug
NEW ORLEANS An investigational drug for treating lowered blood sugar levels in obese patients who had not developed diabetes, according to results of a phase 3 trial presented Saturday at the American Diabetes Association’s 69th annual scientific sessions.
Drug maker Vivus said the trial of the drug Qnexa showed that while Qnexa lowered blood sugar, patients taking placebo experienced higher blood sugar after 28 weeks of treatment.
“Obesity is the leading cause of Type 2 diabetes,” lead investigator and Weill-Cornell University clinical professor Louis Aronne said in a statement. “Studies have shown that Type 2 diabetes can be treated effectively in most patients with significant weight loss.”