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Innovation appoints new VP government and professional services

BY Alaric DeArment

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Pharmacy automation company Innovation has appointed Phil Samples as VP government and professional services, the company said Friday.

Samples, who has worked in pharmacy for more than 30 years, will be charged with increasing the company’s presence in the government pharmacy market. He previously worked as VP for Truven Health Analytics. He retired as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force in 2010, after 27 years of service. He also served as the 10th consultant for pharmacy services to the USAF Surgeon General and a medical group commander for hospitals within the United States and in the deployed environment.

"Phil has a unique understanding of all aspects of pharmacy operations, especially as it pertains to clinical impact of process optimization on patient satisfaction and improved outcomes," Innovation CEO Mary Reno said. "His exceptional experience across various disciplines and his inherent leadership skills will firmly resonate with both our team and our customers."


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Retailers, suppliers make Fortune top-100 workplace list

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Fortune magazine has released its list of the 100 best companies to work for this year, and a number of retailers and suppliers made the cut.

Among retailers, Wegman’s Food Markets came in at fifth place, with 8.3% job growth. Nugget Market, a supermarket chain based in Sacramento, Calif., ranked 37th; Whole Foods ranked 71st; and Publix Super Markets ranked 77th.

Among suppliers, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, ranked 20th; Genentech ranked 36th; and Novo Nordisk ranked 48th. Confectionary manufacturer Mars ranked 95th.

Fortune’s annual list, compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute is based on surveys of companies’ employees, which account for two-thirds of a company’s score. Employees are asked about management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The other third is based on the institute’s Culture Audit, which includes questions about pay and benefit programs, hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, social responsibility and diversity efforts.


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Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals starts phase-3 trial of HCV drug

BY Alaric DeArment

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has enrolled the first patients in its late-stage trial of a treatment for hepatitis C, the drug maker said Thursday.

BI Pharmaceuticals is conducting the "HCVerso" trial of an HCV drug that combines faldaprevir, the experimental compound BI 207127 and ribavirin. The company has established trial sites in more than 25 states.

"We are proud to announce that the first patients are now enrolled in our phase-3 HCVerso program, including at U.S. trial sites," BI Pharmaceuticals VP clinical development and medical affairs Peter Piliero said. "Patients infected with HCV may benefit most from an individualized treatment approach since a person’s genetics, type of virus and stage of liver disease vary from patient to patient."

Previous trials of the drug have found that patients have been essentially cured of the virus a few months after starting treatment with the drug.


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