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Meijer provides free antibiotics, pre-natal vitamin prescriptions; receives recognition from MPCA

BY Jenna Duncan

LANSING, Mich. Meijer has received the Legacy of Leadership award from the Michigan Primary Care Association for its program dispending free antibiotic and free pre-natal vitamins to patients, the company said Thursday.

Meijer was given the award at MPCA’s 29th Annual Distinguished Service Awards luncheon. MPCA is a nonprofit organization representing Michigan’s Community Health Centers and other community community-based health services providers.

“The Michigan Primary Care Association Legacy of Leadership Award annually recognizes the performance of exemplary leadership to benefit Michigan Community Health Center patients, many of whom are low-income and/or uninsured. … MPCA and our 32-member Health Centers applaud [Meijer]’s groundbreaking initiatives to help improve the health of Michigan residents,” Kim Sibilsky, MPCA executive director said.

Meijer initiated the free antibiotics program available to customers throughout the Midwest two years ago. Since its inception, about 2.7 million general antibiotics prescriptions have been filled for free, the company said. Meijer estimated that its customers have saved more than $45 million.

The free pre-natal vitamin program was started this past June. Meijer has said that it has already dispensed more than 50,000 pre-natal vitamin prescriptions for free, saving customers about $700,000.

There are no health insurance coverage or co-pay requirements to sign up for the free antibiotics or free pre-natal vitamins programs at Meijer’s pharmacy, the company said. More information is available through the company’s homepage at www.Meijer.com.

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Walgreens announces promotions of several execs

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. Seven Walgreens executives received promotions Wednesday.

Carlo Baldan, a category manager for the sleep, pain and incontinence categories, was promoted to divisional merchandising manager for personal care in the retail pharmacy chain’s beauty and fashion division.

Robert Tompkins, the divisional merchandising manager for OTC drugs, was promoted to general merchandising manager of the health and wellness purchasing group, succeeding Chong Bang, who is now vice president of customer-centric retailing. Bob Cinq-Mars will replace Tompkins as divisional merchandise manager for OTC categories including medications for pain, sleep, incontinence, nutrition, diet and smoking cessation.

Robert Bobber, the divisional merchandise manager for consumables, will be in charge of OTC categories that Cinq-Mars previously managed. Robin Randolph, divisional merchandise manager for electronics, will take over for Bobber while maintaining her current position.

Scott Minger, associate category manager for vitamins, has been promoted to category manager for vitamins.

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Lannett Co. announces patent approval for generic pain drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

PHILADELPHIA Generic drug maker Lannett Company announced earlier this month that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to subsidiary Cody Laboratories for a method for preparing hydromorphone and hydrocodone.

“Our patented method for preparing hydromorphone and hydrocodone will greatly enhance our ability to manufacture these products quickly and efficiently,” Lannett president and chief executive Arthur Bedrosian said. “Importantly, with minimal incremental investment, the faster manufacturing time appreciably expands our manufacturing capacity, allowing us to maximize our production assets.”

Hydromorphone and hydrocodone are opiate-derived drugs used for treating pain.

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