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The Little Clinic appoints new chief medical officer

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. The Little Clinic has appointed Ford Brewer as its new chief medical officer, providing medical oversight and management, along with the development and implementation of new clinical programs and company initiatives.

Since 2000, Brewer has served as medical director for Toyota North America.

He has more than 20 years of experience developing health solutions for many government agencies and private sector employers including Goldman-Sachs, GE and NASA. With a clinical background in both emergency room and urgent care settings, he is licensed to practice in 13 states and has previously supervised a team of more than 200 doctors who provide occupational and primary care in corporate settings.

“As we continue to grow, he will play an integral part in broadening our service menu with programs that complement the current core offerings and focus on prevention, wellness and expanded services. He will manage the clinical aspects and provide medical oversight of all new and current programs while also overseeing the entire medical affairs function for the company,” stated Lisa Loscalzo, president of The Little Clinic, which operates nearly 100 retail-based clinics.

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Aurora Health Care to sponsor run/walk for cancer

BY Alaric DeArment

GREEN BAY, Wis. A nonprofit healthcare organization that operates hospitals, clinics and retail pharmacies in eastern Wisconsin will sponsor a run and walk to raise money for cancer.

Aurora Health Care announced Thursday that it would sponsor the Aurora Run/Walk for Cancer in Green Bay, Wis., on June 7, National Cancer Survivor’s Day. Proceeds from the event will benefit Aurora’s Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics.

“The Aurora Run/Walk for Cancer provides cancer survivors and their support teams the opportunity to celebrate survivorship and reflect on what they’ve accomplished,” Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora BayCare Medical Center oncologist Dhimant Patel said. “While many appreciate being alive each and every day, this is a once-a-year opportunity to truly celebrate beating and living with cancer.”

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Ranbaxy acquires dermatological and lifestyle product range of Ochoa Labs

BY Alaric DeArment

GURGAON, India Indian drug maker Ranbaxy announced Thursday that it had acquired the trademarks, marketing rights and product dossiers for the entire dermatological and lifestyle product range of New Delhi-based Ochoa Labs.

Ranbaxy said the products commanded “considerable equity” with doctors, and it will initially market them in India, though it did not name specific products acquired.

“The move strengthens Ranbaxy’s domestic presence and market share in dermatology, a high-growth therapeutic segment for the company,” Ranbaxy chairman and CEO Malvinder Mohan Singh said. “I believe the Indian pharmaceutical space is ripe for consolidation, and Ranbaxy’s intent is to accelerate this trend with a view to reach commanding positions, especially in the high-value chronic and acute therapy areas.”

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