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Merz launches new athlete’s foot gel strength

BY Alaric DeArment

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A new strength of a drug for athlete’s foot made by Merz Pharma Group has become available, the company said Thursday.

Merz, the U.S. affiliate of Germany-based Merz Pharma Group, announced the nationwide availability of Naftin (naftifine hydrochloride) gel in the 2% strength, a topical treatment for the foot fungus infection known medically as tinea pedis. The company called the new drug an improvement on the original 1% Naftin.

"We are pleased to be able to provide physicians and their patients with a new option for the safe and effective treatment of interdigital-type tinea pedis," Merz VP and head of U.S. dermatology Greg Besase said. "Merz remains committed to advancing the quality of care in the medical dermatology space, and we believe the launch of Naftin Gel 2% is evidence of our ongoing leadership in the topical antifungal category."

 

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McKesson division achieves SCP technology standard

BY Alaric DeArment

LIVONIA, Mich. — A consortium of companies that has developed standards to improve the quality and effectiveness of technology service operations has named McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation as making the grade, McKesson said.

The healthcare services company said it achieved the Service Capability and Performance standards, set by Service Strategies and several other technology companies.

"SCP certification is a tremendous achievement for our organization and attests to the unparalleled service, knowledge and professionalism of our customer support representatives," McKesson SVP Anan Khaldi said. "Because the SCP standards are universally recognized as a key benchmark for service excellence, it was imperative for us to go through the certification audit in order to improve our operational performance and enhance customer satisfaction."

McKesson said that in achieving the standers, it joined the ranks of more than 200 companies including Advent Software, Assurant Solutions, EMC, CompuCom Systems, Fuji Xerox, NetApp, Sophos and others.

 

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Walgreens, Dollar General make InformationWeek’s list of top IT users

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A listing of the 500 most innovative users of information technology, as determined by industry magazine InformationWeek, includes the country’s largest retail pharmacy chain and a major dollar-store chain.

On the recently released InformationWeek 500, Walgreens ranked 89th, and Dollar General ranked in 98th place.

"This is great recognition for the work Walgreens has done to be at the forefront on innovative pharmacy, health-and-wellness solutions for communities across America," Walgreens chief information, innovation and improvement officer Tim Theriault said. "As health care and technology continue to evolve and influence consumer behavior, Walgreens will innovate and offer solutions to help people get, stay and life well."

InformationWeek tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of companies across industries in compiling the list.

 

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