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Medicine Shoppe veteran moves to Mirixa

BY Alaric DeArment

RESTON, Va. A veteran of Medicine Shoppe International has been appointed to an executive position at a company that provides pharmacy-based patient care services.

Mirixa Corp. announced the appointment of Cheryl Hoffer as VP pharmacy network management, a position in which she will lead the company’s pharmacy account management team and support the delivery of patient care programs for independent and chain pharmacies.

Before her appointment by Mirixa, Hoffer spent 24 years at Medicine Shoppe International, where she led medication therapy management services for Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy stores. She also served positions at the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, where she was a member of the NACDS Policy Council.

“Cheryl brings many years of pharmacy network experience to Mirixa, and we’re pleased to have her join our organization,” Mirixa SVP operations Trish Dare said in a statement. “Her experience will be particularly helpful as we roll out new tools in the months ahead designed to help strengthen patients’ relationships with their primary care pharmacists.”

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GSK to supply more than 400 million doses of swine flu vaccine

BY Alaric DeArment

LONDON GlaxoSmithKline has contracts to supply more than 400 million doses of vaccine for the H1N1 swine flu, the British drug maker announced.

GSK said Tuesday that it had received orders for 149 million additional doses of the vaccine, bringing the total to 440 million. The company plans to ship initial supplies of the vaccine this week and into the first half of 2010.

Doses of the vaccine have been percolating into various parts of the United States over the last several days, and Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently said that Americans “must” get the vaccine. To date, the pandemic H1N1 flu has killed about 600 people in this country.

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Published reports: Violent criminals, organized crime turning to Medicare fraud

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NEW YORK Violent criminals, including those involved in organized crime, are turning to Medicare fraud as a way of making money, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that lighter sentences and easy money were leading many criminals to move from drug dealing to healthcare fraud, which can earn them $25,000 a day but a 10-year prison sentence if convicted.

Crimes have included sending Medicare fraudulent bills for drugs and medical equipment with invoices containing Social Security and Medicare numbers bought from homeless people on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Most of the activity has occurred in Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit and Houston.

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