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Keurig, W.B. Mason partner for new K-Cups

BY Ryan Chavis

WATERBURY, Vt. & BROCKTON, Mass. — Keurig Green Mountain and W.B. Mason have reached an agreement to offer W.B. Mason's Shazam coffee in K-Cup packs for the Keurig's line of brewing systems. Shazam will be the first brand to join the Keurig family from a Keurig authorized distributor, according to the companies.
 
“We’ve had a long, successful history with W.B. Mason as a Keurig Authorized Distributor,” said John Whoriskey, president, U.S. sales and marketing for Keurig. “By expanding our relationship and introducing Shazam coffee to office and hospitality channels, we’ll be able to provide even more variety and choice of beverages to customers across the country.”
 
The companies plan to launch the new K-Cup packs late this month, with varieties to include light, medium and dark roast blends. The product will be exclusive to W.B. Mason customers.
 
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Mylan launches generic Combivir

BY Ryan Chavis

PITTSBURGH — Mylan announced the launch of its lamivudine and zidovudine tablets USP, in 150-mg dosage strength. The drug is the generic version of Combivir from Viiv and is indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in combination with other antiretroviral medications. 
 
Lamivudine and zidovudine tablets USP, 150 mg had sales in the United States of $118.5 million for the 12 months ending June 30, according to IMS Health data. 
 
 
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Walgreens recognizes its more than 27,000 pharmacists as part of American Pharmacists Month

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens on Monday recognized its more than 27,000 community pharmacists as part of American Pharmacists Month, honoring the important role they are playing in health care today.
 
“As the most accessible, and among the most trusted healthcare providers in thousands of communities across America, our pharmacists have become a critical part of patients’ healthcare teams, and a valuable partner to many others within our healthcare system,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of retail and pharmacy operations. “This month is an opportunity to recognize the personalized care our pharmacists provide every day, as we continue to advance the role of community pharmacy to meet the changing needs of patients, payers and the healthcare system at large.”
 
 
Walgreens pharmacists, across more than 8,200 Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores, have been central to the ongoing advancement of community pharmacy, the company stated, providing a wider range of healthcare services and working more closely than ever before with other providers to ensure continuity of patient care. Walgreens pharmacists today provide a number of preventive services, including immunizations, health testing, chronic care and medication therapy management and patient counseling.
 
During fiscal year 2014, the company’s pharmacists helped to administer a total of 9.6 million immunizations chain-wide, including more than 7.7 million flu shots.
 
With a greater need for access to healthcare services, the company has pharmacists with specialized training to help manage a growing number of chronic conditions such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. In addition, Walgreens pharmacists are working closely to coordinate care with hospitals, health systems and physician groups on medication adherence and transition of care programs such as WellTransitions.
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