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McKesson to bring MTM services to local UnitedHealthcare members

BY Allison Cerra

MADISON, Wis. Insurance provider UnitedHealthcare has inked a deal to expand medication therapy management services in the state of Wisconsin with the help of a healthcare and information technology company.

UnitedHealthcare is hoping to improve the quality and value of pharmacy services offered to more than 500,000 plan members in the state, the insurer said, with the help of McKesson’s MTM service, which was launched in the state two years ago with the Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative. The partnership, the companies said, will allow UnitedHealthcare plan members to better interact with their pharmacists to review the use of prescribed medication, thus helping to lower the frequency of adverse drug events and increasing medication adherence. Pharmacies participating in the WPQC program utilize an online system, provided by McKesson, to facilitate the delivery of the MTM services.

“With the addition of UnitedHealthcare to our set of payer partners for whom we administer MTM services, we’re able to further expand the reach of a very successful pilot program to improve medication adherence, and ultimately help improve patient health outcomes,” said Brian Bertha, SVP patient relationship solutions, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. “By increasing collaboration and communication among pharmacists, payers, providers, and patients, MTM can help enhance the level of service provided to patients, reward and recognize high service pharmacies, and address rising healthcare spending.”

For more information about McKesson’s MTM services, please call 800.571.2889, or email healthsystems@mckesson.com.

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Mylan begins marketing generic ADHD treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH Mylan has begun marketing a generic version of a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the generic drug maker announced Monday.

Mylan’s methamphetamine hydrochloride tablets in the 5 mg strength are a generic version of Lundbeck’s Desoxyn and are the first generic version of that drug to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Methamphetamine hydrochloride tablets had sales of $9.3 million in 2009, according to IMS Health.

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NACDS Foundation contributes $150,000 to Haiti relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

PALM BEACH, Fla. The charitable arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has contributed $150,000 to assist Haiti relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation.

The NACDS Foundation’s contributions included $50,000 each to organizations that have been immersed in this important work since the January earthquake: Doctors Without Borders, AmeriCares, and Convoy of Hope. Among their areas of expertise, Doctors Without Borders focuses on healthcare delivery;  AmeriCares delivers much-needed medicines, medical supplies, water purification tablets, baby food and other resources; and Convoy of Hope provides meals, medical supplies and water filtration systems to places in need.

“Haiti has disappeared from the front pages of our newspapers, but it will take decades of work to restore the land of these proud people,” said NACDS Foundation chairman of the board and NACDS CEO Steve Anderson. “These contributions reflect the many, many steps that pharmacy chains and suppliers, and others across industries have made to assist Haiti at this time.”

Anderson announced the contributions during his remarks at the NACDS Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

“The NACDS Foundation’s vision is to improve the health and wellness of the people in America, and the NACDS Foundation board of directors decided wisely to extend this vision globally amid the ongoing and tremendous need in Haiti,” said NACDS Foundation president Edith A. Rosato. “Our commitment to helping those in Haiti knows no bounds and we truly hope that this contribution will assist in the relief effort, and help maintain a focus on the long-term needs of the Haitian people.”

In addition to this contribution, the NACDS Foundation is matching dollar-for-dollar contributions of NACDS and NACDS Foundation staff members to Hope for Haiti, as part of the Green for Jeans program. Through this program, staff members make donations for the privilege of wearing jeans to work on Fridays.

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