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Impax Labs names G. Frederick Wilson as president, CEO

BY Ryan Chavis

HAYWARD, Calif. — Impax Labs on Monday announced the its board of directors appointed G. Frederick Wilson as the company’s president and CEO, effective April 29. Wilkinson previously served as president of Actavis Global Research and Development at Actavis. He succeeds Larry Hsu, Ph.D.

"A long-time industry leader, Fred’s extensive experience in managing generic, brand, R&D, and regulatory and compliance activities, together with his track record in driving change, delivering growth, advancing pipeline products and driving innovation, make him the perfect candidate for this role," said Robert L. Burr, Chairman of Impax Labs. "I have every confidence that Fred’s vision and passion will translate into remarkable success for Impax. The Board would like to thank Dr. Hsu for his incredible dedication and commitment over the last 18 years and for positioning the company for its next phase of growth."

Wilkinson joined Watson Pharmaceuticals — which is now Actavis — as EVP global brands in September 2009. Prior to his time at Watson, he served as president and COO of Duramed Pharmaceuticals. Before starting at Duramed, he numerous senior management positions at Columbia Labs and Sandoz. Wilkinson received an M.B.A from Capital University and a B.S. in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University

Dr. Hsu, who announced his retirement in 2013, will continue to serve on the Impax Board.

 

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PepsiCo adds twisted new addition

BY Ryan Chavis

PLANO, Texas — PepsiCo on Tuesday announced the debut of new Twistos Baked Snack Bites to its portfolio. The bites are available in three flavors — bruschetta, parmesan and garlic, and asiago flavors — and can be enjoyed as a standalone snackng item, or as complement to a soup or salad, the company said.

The brand has teamed up with chef and food writer Gaby Dalkin of "What’s Gaby Cooking" to help develop tips for mixing up snack time.

"As a chef and recipe creator, I’m constantly looking for new, unique experiences, especially when it comes to snacking," Dalkin said. "Twistos Baked Snack Bites are the perfect way to add a fun twist to your ordinary routine. Whether you like to dip, pop or munch, the snacking possibilities are endless."

Twistos Baked Snack Bites are now available nationwide. A 5.3-oz. bag carries a suggested retail price of $2.79

 

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CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic reaches 20M patient visits

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has surpassed 20 million patient visits since opening the nation’s first store-based clinic in 2000, the company has announced.

Significant continued growth is anticipated in the coming years with the demand for more accessible and affordable health care services as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the primary care provider shortage and an aging Baby Boomer population.

To meet the growing demand, MinuteClinic expects to add 150 new clinic locations in 2014 in both existing and expansion markets, including those in several new states: Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. As previously reported by Drug Store News, MinuteClinic projects to have 1,500 clinics nationwide by 2017.

"With the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act now complete, it is evident that there are a number of market factors that are going to put even more pressure on our system to deliver timely and convenient care at rates that are affordable for consumers and third-party payers," stated Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Caremark. "By continuing to expand in both clinic locations and services, we believe MinuteClinic is well positioned to meet this demand and support the work of primary care providers with innovative choices for care delivered in the retail setting."

In addition to clinic growth, MinuteClinic now has affiliations with 32 major health systems around the country. These affiliations include physician medical director collaboration, integration of electronic medical records and joint clinical programs.

"Behind this important milestone is a team of 2,500 practitioners and countless others in our organization who make it possible for MinuteClinic to deliver consistent, high-quality care 365 days a year," Sussman added. "And we are deeply appreciative of the continued support and feedback from our valued patients as MinuteClinic grows and evolves in its mission to improve health care delivery in the communities we serve."

 

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