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MedPro Rx president Nancy McFarlane wins Business Leader Magazine award

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Business Leader Magazine has given its 2011 Movers & Shakers Award to Nancy McFarlane, president of specialty pharmacy provider MedPro Rx, the company said.

McFarlane founded MedPro Rx in 2002 and has since led it to be a multimillion dollar company, the company said. Since then, it has launched several community outreach programs, including the "Education is Power" scholarship program, through which the pharmacy has awarded nearly $300,000 to students nationwide who are living with bleeding disorders, a disease state in which it specializes.

MedPro Rx also supports groups like the Hemophilia Foundation of North Carolina, the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, the Neuropathy Association and others.

McFarlane also was elected to the Raleigh, N.C., city council in 2007, is mayor pro tem for the city and is a candidate in the October 2011 mayoral race.

"It is an honor to be recognized for an award that has been given to many of the Triangle’s top leaders and executives," McFarlane said. "The hard work and dedication that these leaders have provided in supporting their businesses, their employees and the Triangle is what makes our area one of the bets places to live and work."

 


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Depomed launches shingles drug

BY Alaric DeArment

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Depomed has launched a new drug for treating shingles, the drug maker said Monday.

The company announced the launch of Gralise (gabapentin) tablets, a once-daily treatment for postherpetic neuralgia, the pain that follows healing of the rash associated with shingles.

Gralise is a proprietary formulation of gabapentin that uses patented polymer technology that enables gradual release of the drug. Depomed said it is not interchangeable with other branded or generic gabapentin-based drugs.

 


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AJC honors L’Oréal CEO Jean-Paul Agon

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — L’Oréal chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Agon has been honored by AJC, a global Jewish advocacy organization, with its International Human Relations Award in recognition of Agon’s "global leadership, vision and corporate citizenship."

"I believe that AJC and L’Oréal have much in common," Agon said. "We share similar core values. Ethics, integrity, respect, spirit of tolerance [and] acceptance of diversity, are as much a part of [AJC’s] DNA as it is part of [L’Oréal’s].  They resonate with the humanistic approach that will always inspire our vision and our actions as citizens of the world."

More than 600 people, including guests who traveled from France and Israel especially for the event, were in attendance during the awards dinner earlier this month at the New York Hilton. The event raised more than $1.35 million for AJC.

"We are delighted to honor Jean-Paul Agon, an outstanding corporate leader, and look forward to further strengthening our friendship and cooperation with L’Oréal," stated AJC executive director David Harris. "L’Oréal’s engagement with Israel stands out as a model for global corporations that recognize the intrinsic value of investing in and working with the Israeli people."

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