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Ateb, Secure Exchange Solutions to incorporate Direct Secure Messaging into patient care

BY Lesley Thulin

ROCKVILLE, M.D. — Ateb, Inc. announced Friday that it will partner with Secure Exchange Solutions to integrate Direct Secure Messaging into its pharmacy products.

The provider of pharmacy-based patient care solutions will use the messaging service to facilitate the communication between its 500,000 active patients and their prescribers. Secure Exchange will allow healthcare providers access to electronic health records.

Most hospitals and physicians already use Direct Secure Messaging. By adding pharmacies to the conversation, Ateb will not only streamline communication among providers, but it will also encourage pharmacies to participate more in patient care.

“Including pharmacies in the patient care management process empowers them to improve patient adherence and drive healthier outcomes,” Frank Sheppard, president and CEO of Ateb, said. 

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Teva completes acquisition of 4.6% interest in Mylan

BY David Salazar

JERUSALEM — Teva announced Friday that it had acquired 4.6% of Mylan’s outstanding shares. The move gives Teva standing in Dutch court, should they decide to pursue action against Mylan.

Teva has offered to purchase Teva for $40 billion, an offer that has been rejected by Mylan, which is currently attempting to purchase Perrigo for $32 billion. Perrigo has rejected Mylan's offer in the past. Abbot Laboratories, Mylan’s largest shareholder, announced earlier this week that it would back the Perrigo acquisition, voting its 14. 5% share in favor of the deal.

Teva on Friday said that if Mylan held a meeting on the Perrigo deal by Aug. 31, Teva would limit its total holding of Mylan’s outstanding shares to 5%. 

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Walgreens to offer free HIV tests

BY Gina Acosta

NEW YORK — Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are teaming up this year to offer free HIV testing in more than 150 cities across the country.

State and local health departments will provide trained counselors to conduct the testing and will provide results on-site within minutes.

“Walgreens is committed to being a part of the solution to end AIDS, and National HIV Testing Day provides a great opportunity to help share critical health information and encourage HIV testing,” said Glen Pietrandoni, senior director of virology, specialty products and services at Walgreens. “Working in collaboration with Greater Than AIDS and various community partners during the past four years, we have helped nearly 20,000 people access free testing. We are pleased to be able to continue to help make it easier for those in the communities that we serve to know their status.”

Free tests, including those donated by Alere North America, BioLytical Laboratories and The D.I.V.A. Foundation, will be available at the testing sites located at select Walgreens in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco, among other cities during a three-day period:

• Thursday, June 25 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Friday, June 26 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that all Americans be screened for HIV as a routine part of medical care, many Americans have never been tested or are not being tested as often as recommended, according to national surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S., an estimated one in seven do not know that they are infected and only three in 10 are in ongoing care and treatment.

“We have come so far in our understanding of HIV,” said Tina Hoff, senior vice president and director of health communication and media partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Today, there are very effective treatments that not only help people with HIV to enjoy long, healthy lives but also significantly reduce the chances of passing the virus to others. Knowing one’s status is a crucial first step.”

Walgreens operates 8,232 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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