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Dan Salemi to be named president of pharmacy at new Albertsons

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Upon the closing of Supervalu’s sale of five pharmacy banners to Albertsons LLC, Dan Salemi will assume the role of president of pharmacy at the new Albertsons LLC, DSN has learned.

Salemi will succeed Supervalu president pharmacy operations Chris Dimos. Dimos will remain in his current role until the transaction closes. Supervalu has not named a pharmacy head for the 191 retail operations that will remain with Supervalu.

According to an internal memo to Supervalu employees, Salemi wrote, "With more than 32 years of experience in retail pharmacy, I’ve seen plenty of changes, but one thing has remained constant: Our patients are looking for great pharmacy service and a professional pharmacy team." Supervalu already has both, Salemi noted. "So I feel that we are well positioned to continue growing our pharmacy business and generating profitable sales."

Salemi most recently was VP pharmacy services for Supervalu, where he had responsibility for pharmacy procurement, pharmacy systems, managed care operations, pharmacy analytics and pharmacy compliance. 

Salemi began his career behind the bench in Elgin, Ill. for Jewel Osco. Since he’s assumed roles of greater responsibility for American Stores, RxAmerica, Albertsons and Supervalu and is an alumnus of Illinois College of Pharmacy. 

 

 

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Office of the National Coordinator recognizes Michigan e-prescribing effort

BY Alaric DeArment

LANSING, Mich. — The federal government has recognized the state of Michigan as a national leader in electronic prescribing, a group of health organizations in the state said.

The Michigan Health Information Network said that the Office of the National Coordinator for health information technology had commended it, recognizing that 94% of pharmacies in the state are equipped for e-prescribing.

"What makes this accomplishment significant is when you look at its impact on patient safety," Michigan Department of Community Health director James Haveman said. "Broad adoption of electronic prescribing is a critical element of improving patient safety. This is one of many ways Michigan is demonstrating national leadership using health information technology and the health information exchange."

According to a September 2012 study that included a sampling of 27 million e-prescriptions, a severe or moderate drug-to-drug alert was sent to physicians for more than 7.3 million prescriptions, resulting in 28% of them being changed or canceled by the prescribing doctor, while physicians received nearly 1.2 million medication allergy alerts, resulting in 27% of them being changed or canceled.

The state’s transition toward e-prescribing started in 2005, when several companies formed the Southeast Michigan ePrescribing Initiative. That group included CVS Caremark, Express Scripts, Catamaran, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group.

 

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Greenstone launches authorized generic cholesterol drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PEAPACK, N.J. — Greenstone has launched an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat cholesterol.

Greenstone, the generics arm of Pfizer, announced the launch of authorized generic atorvastatin calcium tablets in the 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg strengths, in bottle sizes ranging from 90 to 1,000. The drug is a version of the parent company’s cholesterol drug Lipitor.

An authorized generic is a brand marketed under its generic name at a reduced price.


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