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Axium Healthcare Pharmacy to dispense Otezla, new oral therapy for active psoriatic arthritis

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKE MARY, Fla. — Axium Healthcare Pharmacy announced that it will begin to dispense Otezla, the new oral therapy for the treatment of adults with active psoriatic arthritis. Axium is one of a limited number of specialty pharmacies selected by drug manufacturer Celgene to dispense Otezla, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on March 21.

PsA is an inflammatory type of arthritis that occurs in 10% to 30% of people with psoriasis. It occurs when the immune system attacks the joints and causes inflammation. In clinical trials, PsA patients treated with Otezla showed improvements in the signs and symptoms of PsA including tender and swollen joints, as well as physical function.

As a specialty pharmacy, Axium, along with medications like Otezla, is paving the way for better outcomes for patients with psoriatic arthritis, the company stated. Axium’s clinical expertise in psoriatic arthritis, combined with its ‘helping hand’ therapy management programs, helps to ensure that patients can maximize the benefits of their Otezla treatment.

 

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Cardtronics extends ATM services agreement with Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

HOUSTON — Cardtronics has extended its ATM services agreement with Walgreens, the company announced Wednesday. Cardtronics is a preferred provider of ATM services for Walgreens.  

Since the relationship began in 2004, Cardtronics has grown its ATM presence in Walgreens locations significantly — from fewer than 400 initially to roughly 3,250 today. The company is also the exclusive ATM provider for Walgreens in many states across the U.S.

Along with the relationship renewal, Cardtronics will support the new Walgreens Balance Financial prepaid program. Balance Financial cardholders can access their cash, surcharge-free, by using the ATMs at Walgreens stores. Offering access to cash through surcharge-free ATM access for its Balance Financial cardholders is part of Walgreens’ commitment to providing convenience for consumers.

"Cardtronics is continuing to make life easier for Walgreens customers through convenient access to cash, ultimately helping to drive traffic to its stores," stated Rick Updyke, president of Cardtronics’ North America Business Group. "This level of convenience is also why the company is a popular branding partner for many of Cardtronics’ financial institution clients, allowing them to meet their own customers’ and members’ needs in well-known, premium locations."

 

 

 

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Diab to head up health and wellness at Walmart

BY Mike Troy

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Labeed Diab has been named SVP and president health and wellness at Walmart, filling a position previously held by Dr. John Agwunobi, who left the company.

Diab previous served as SVP pharmacy operations for Walmart’s Midwest division, and was based in Chicago. He joined the company in 2009 as a director of operations. He began his career as a pharmacy manager with American Stores, and also served in regional and divisional operations roles with CVS Caremark and Rite Aid. He graduated with a bachelor of science in pharmacy and a minor in business administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

“The passion and commitment to our customers Labeed has will ensure we continue to accelerate our health and wellness growth in the future, helping even more Americans get access to high quality, innovative and affordable healthcare solutions,” Walmart chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton said in an internal announcement. “Our health and wellness business is an important category for our customers and our company, and we are committed to investing for future growth.”

Diab fills a position previously held by Agwunobi who came to be known affectionately at Walmart as Dr. John. He joined the company in September 2007 and during his tenure played a key role in developing health and wellness solutions that significantly lowered the cost of healthcare for millions of Americans, according to Mac Naughton.

“He made enhancements to the prescription program, which drove down prescription medication costs and provided ongoing savings through our pharmacy offerings,” Mac Naughton said. “And he has continued to drive innovation in the space by testing new concepts that position Walmart well for the future. Now, as the face of healthcare in America continues to change, he’s looking forward to exploring and engaging in other areas in the field.”

Labeed has a strong background in operations and health care and during his leadership of the company’s Midwest division Walmart was able to penetrate Chicago with small format concept stores, according to the announcement.

 

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