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Biogen Idec appoints EVP human resources

BY Allison Cerra

WESTON, Mass. — Biogen Idec has appointed a former Lenovo executive to serve as its EVP human resources.

Kenneth DiPietro brings more than 30 years of experience in both human resources and organizational development, including broad cultural transformation and corporate re-engineering, to his new role at Biogen Idec. He will lead the development and execution of the company’s global human resources strategy, including talent management, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, and global human resources operations and systems, Biogen Idec said. DiPietro — who joins the company from Lenovo, where he served as SVP human resources — will report to Biogen Idec CEO George Scangos.

“I am thrilled to welcome Kenneth DiPietro to Biogen Idec,” Scangos said. “Culture is what separates a good company from a great company, and in Ken, we have a proven leader who I’m confident will foster and build upon our culture of excellence as we enter a period of great opportunity for Biogen Idec.”

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Lannett receives FDA approval for generic Microzide

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA — Lannett announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market its version of a hypertension treatment.

The drug maker said its abbreviated new drug application for hydrochlorothiazide capsules in the 12.5-mg strength was approved. The drug is a generic version of Watson Pharmaceuticals’ Microzide capsules.

“We have received approvals for and launched a record number products thus far in fiscal 2012, following a lack of approvals last year,” Lannett president and CEO Arthur Bedrosian said. “Hydrochlorothiazide is an important addition to our offering and represents the eighth product approval (seven ANDAs and one NDA) we have received over the last seven months. We look forward to additional approvals over the next several months.”


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ScriptPro gets top recognition in 2011 KLAS report

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSION, Kan. — Customers of pharmacy automation provider ScriptPro ranked one of the company’s systems as the best in one of the categories of a survey conducted by healthcare information technology research firm KLAS, ScriptPro said.

KLAS recently published its annual report, "2011 Best in KLAS Awards for Software and Professional Services," showing that ScriptPro’s SP Central Pharmacy Management System earned the top spot in the category of "Software Solutions — Pharmacy — Outpatient (Retail)."

"KLAS ratings are the acid test of how we are doing versus customer expectations," ScriptPro president and CEO Mike Coughlin said. "There are many choices to be made by the medical community in selecting technology platforms. KLAS provides a strictly objective evaluation to help healthcare managers make informed decisions."


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