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Diplomat Pharmacy names two directors to board

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy on Tuesday announced the appointment of Shawn Cline Tomasello and Benjamin Wolin to the board of directors effective Oct. 06, 2015. T
 
"Shawn Cline Tomasello and Benjamin Wolin are important additions to Diplomat's board of directors," said Phil Hagerman, chairman and CEO of Diplomat. "Shawn brings significant expertise in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, and her critical insight will be valuable as we evaluate opportunities for Diplomat. Benjamin's experience as the principal executive officer and a director of a company that recently completed an initial public offering provides him with unique insights into the dynamics and governance of a growing company."
 
Tomasello has experience and expertise in drug commercialization, business development, mergers and acquisitions and compliance from her employment. Tomasello most recently served as the chief commercial officer of Pharmacyclics, a pharmaceutical manufacturer recently acquired by AbbVie. From April 2005 to August 2014, Tomasello was employed at Celgene Corporation, initially as the VP sales and training and most recently as president of the Americas, hematology and oncology, where she was responsible for all aspects of the commercial organization encompassing multiple brands spanning 11 indications. Prior to joining Celgene Corporation, Tomasello was with Genentech, from 1989 through 2005. Her last position at Genentech was national director of hematology franchise from early 2003 to April 2005.
 
Wolin has expertise in technology, public company board governance, entrepreneurial and financial initiatives. Wolin is the co-founder, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Everyday Health, a provider of digital health and wellness solutions, since January 2002. From September 1999 until December 2001, Wolin served as VP production and technology for Beliefnet, an online provider of religious and spiritual information. Previously, Wolin served as web producer for Tribune Interactive, a multimedia corporation, and held several consulting positions with interactive companies.
 
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NeedyMeds revamps, expands safe needle disposal website

BY David Salazar

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — NeedyMeds announced Tuesday that it had expanded and updated its safeneedledisposal.org in an effort to make it a comprehensive resource for information about proper disposal of needles and syringes.

“We spent over a year compiling information on the regulations and disposal sites for all 50 states," project lead Leah Zaroulis said. “We list over 2,600 disposal sites for home-generated sharps through out the country.”

The revamped and expanded anonymous website, which NeedyMeds took over from the Coalition for Safe Needle Disposal, is aimed at curtailing potential health hazards of sharps that haven’t been disposed of properly — including hepatitis and HIV. It contains information about pharmadeutical companies’ take-back programs and general information, as well as contacts for health and solid waste departments in different states.

“If properly disposed of, used sharps can be safely handled and destroyed,” NeedyMeds president Dr. Rich Sagall said. “The goal of safeneedledisposal.org is to help people learn the best way to minimize the risk to anyone who has to handle these potentially dangerous waste products.”

In addition to the site, NeedyMeds also has a hotline (800-643-1643) that people can call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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PQA teams with VoicePort, STC on immunization project

BY David Salazar

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — A new collaboration is looking to boost immunization rates among adult patients. Along with VoicePort and Scientific Technologies Corp. (STC), the Pharmacy Quality Alliance will be rolling out the ImmuSMART project, which will use sate immunization registry data to identify patients with gaps in vaccinations for the flu, shingles and pneumonia, and offer them the missing vaccines. 

“The model we are piloting is a remarkable innovation in pharmacy point-of-care immunization assessment,” PQA executive director Laura Cranston said. “This allows the pharmacy an important touch point related to the patients' immunization record, and the identification of immunization gaps even before the patient comes into the pharmacy.” 

Patients will be asked to confirm whether they have received vaccinations missing from their immunization record, and offered appropriate vaccines at their next pharmacy visit to cover their immunization gaps. Patients will be identified using STC queries to state immunization registries, and will be notified via outbound VoicePort call from their community pharmacy.

“The beauty of the solution that we are piloting through ImmuSMART is that it ties a custom-tailored immunization prompt to the patient directly into their normal pharmacy experience,” VoicePort President and CEO Chris Mann said. “Using our hosted interactive patient communications platform technology, we now have a scalable automated approach to immunization assessment that integrates seamlessly with pharmacy workflow."

The ImmuSMART project will roll out in the fourth quarter of 2015. 

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