GPhA names new president and CEO
WASHINGTON — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has named Ralph Neas as its new president and CEO, the group said Wednesday.
Neas, currently president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care, replaces Kathleen Jaeger, who stepped down as president and CEO of GPhA in May 2010 after eight years with the organization. The GPhA said it planned to spend September introducing Neas to stakeholders in a broad outreach effort.
"As those in Washington and across the country continue to look for savings in our healthcare system, it is clear that the greater use of generic medications is a safe and effective way to reduce costs while providing patients with the same quality care they have come to rely on," GPhA board chairman and Watson Pharmaceuticals president and CEO Paul Bisaro said. "Ralph is a proven national leader and consensus builder who has made a career out of working with Republicans and Democrats to forge coalitions that produce pragmatic compromises to advance the best interests of the country."
Neas has worked closely with the generic drug industry over the last three years, promoting generics as a way of saving money while he led the NCHC, and the GPhA will be working with the NCHC’s Cost Containment Alliance.
"I am honored to have been selected by GPhA to lead the association at such a critical time for the generic industry and for the nation," Neas said. "Generic medications have long established themselves as a vital component in lowering our country’s healthcare costs by providing patients with quality care at a lower cost."
Safeway raises $10.4 million for Muscular Dystrophy Association
PLEASANTON, Calif. — After ending its five-week fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s efforts to develop treatments and assist people coping with neuromuscular diseases, Safeway announced that its stores raised $10.4 million for the organization.
The campaign, which ran from Aug. 1 through Labor Day, marked Safeway’s 10th annual fundraising effort. Safeway has raised more than $58 million for muscular dystrophy charities.
"We are grateful to our customers and employees for their support and commitment to helping MDA find cures for some of the most debilitating diseases that face medical science," said Larree Renda, EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "The funds we raised will support medical advances as well as services and therapies designed to help people with neuromuscular disease."
Velcro introduces removable poster and picture hangers
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Velcro has introduced a new solution designed for securely hanging framed pictures, photos and posters.
Velcro said that its removable poster and picture hangers are designed to securely hang items without damaging the surface of the wall. Featuring pre-cut pieces and cut-to-length tape for quick application, Velcro’s new removable poster and picture hangers are available in 0.25-lb., 1-lb. and 3-lb. sizes.