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Kevin Wingerter joins Fera

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Fera Pharmaceuticals has appointed a new director of national accounts.

The drug maker said that Kevin Wingerter, who most recently served as senior buyer of pharmaceutical merchandising at Walmart, has joined the company. Wingerter brings more than 20 years of experience in procurement of both branded and generic pharmaceuticals, Fera said.

“As Fera continues to expand its offering in generic pharmaceuticals, Kevin’s role and expertise are critical to our managing our business effectively and providing the customer service Fera insists upon” Fera VP sales Craig Salmon said.

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Rite Aid offers ‘virtual’ clinics

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is teaming up with OptumHealth to become the first to provide "virtual clinics" in a retail pharmacy setting.

Rite Aid announced Thursday the launch of NowClinic online care services at select Rite Aid stores in the Detroit area. NowClinic allows Rite Aid customers to interact in real time with doctors and OptumHealth nurses.

Customers will be able to use the Internet to have private consultations with doctors about symptoms, as well as obtaining guidance, diagnoses and prescriptions for certain medications. They also can have conversations with nurses, who can provide basic healthcare education, information on common medical problems and identification of appropriate provider options for care. Customers can obtain a record of each interaction to share with a primary care provider.
 

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R.HAMMERLE says:
Sep-15-2011 10:54 pm

That kind of leadership and innovation one would expect from Optum but not necessarily from Rite Aid. Is this a technology precursor of a potential Walmart acquisition?

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Hamacher expands its data management team to manage growing database

BY Michael Johnsen

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group on Wednesday welcomed Janine Petragnani as data assets coordinator.

Petragnani joins the company in a newly created position that oversees the team of content experts at HRG. Her staff is responsible for data integrity and product package content in HRG’s databases of more than 65,000 health, beauty and wellness products.

“With her previous experience in customer service, operations management, human resources and information services, Janine has a broad skill set that has helped her lead the team and establish a new structure as they added to their capabilities,” HRG director of operations Julie Bonnell said. “We are increasing our database to include approximately 6,000 home health care products, and Janine’s team has adapted to capture an expanded amount of information for these more complex products. Utilizing her strong project management, procedure development, and process improvement skills, she has helped lead the team as methods and practices have evolved to manage this new workflow.”

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