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Doctors stretching schedules, resources to keep up with retail clinics

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW YORK More doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers are stretching their time and resources so they can be even more accessible to patients to stay competitive against the growing retail clinic business, The New York Times reported today.

Many physicians and other providers have reworked their schedules and started adding Web-based services in order to meet the immediate needs of patients, the report said. The higher demand for walk-in and retail-based clinic services stems from cutbacks in healthcare coverage which are causing more people to cover expenses out-of-pocket, the report stated.

Professional general practice and family medical groups are encouraging doctors to open up their practices to more relaxed scheduling—many are being encouraged to accept walk-in patients. The American Academy of Family Physicians, for example, plans to spend $8 million for consultants who will analyze and advise doctors in how to more efficiently provide and offer patient care, reports said.

Furthermore, the American College Of Physicians has begun a push for  patient-centric care—the focus of a policy paper—which urges more flexibility for patient scheduling, and advancing practices with electronic records and e-prescribing.

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Walgreens announces promotions of several execs

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. Seven Walgreens executives received promotions Wednesday.

Carlo Baldan, a category manager for the sleep, pain and incontinence categories, was promoted to divisional merchandising manager for personal care in the retail pharmacy chain’s beauty and fashion division.

Robert Tompkins, the divisional merchandising manager for OTC drugs, was promoted to general merchandising manager of the health and wellness purchasing group, succeeding Chong Bang, who is now vice president of customer-centric retailing. Bob Cinq-Mars will replace Tompkins as divisional merchandise manager for OTC categories including medications for pain, sleep, incontinence, nutrition, diet and smoking cessation.

Robert Bobber, the divisional merchandise manager for consumables, will be in charge of OTC categories that Cinq-Mars previously managed. Robin Randolph, divisional merchandise manager for electronics, will take over for Bobber while maintaining her current position.

Scott Minger, associate category manager for vitamins, has been promoted to category manager for vitamins.

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Lannett Co. announces patent approval for generic pain drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

PHILADELPHIA Generic drug maker Lannett Company announced earlier this month that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to subsidiary Cody Laboratories for a method for preparing hydromorphone and hydrocodone.

“Our patented method for preparing hydromorphone and hydrocodone will greatly enhance our ability to manufacture these products quickly and efficiently,” Lannett president and chief executive Arthur Bedrosian said. “Importantly, with minimal incremental investment, the faster manufacturing time appreciably expands our manufacturing capacity, allowing us to maximize our production assets.”

Hydromorphone and hydrocodone are opiate-derived drugs used for treating pain.

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