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Mylan announces changes in executive management team

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH One of the largest generic drug makers in the world has made some changes to its executive management.

Mylan announced Wednesday that it had promoted Heather Bresch to president. Bresch has worked for the company for 17 years, most recently as COO. Replacing her as COO is Rajiv Malik, who until recently served as head of global technical operations, overseeing research and development, manufacturing, supply chain and sourcing, quality and regulatory affairs.

The company also hired Timothy Sawyer as SVP strategic corporate development. In the role, Sawyer will report to Bresch, working with other members of senior management. Sawyer has worked in the generic drug industry for 16 years, until recently serving as EVP global generic sales and marketing for Barr Labs, recently acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

“On behalf of myself and the board of directors at Mylan, we would like to personally congratulate Healther and Rajiv on their well-deserved promotions,” Mylan chairman and CEO Robert Coury said in a statement. “Their track record of delivering results and executing flawlessly, as well as their exemplary leadership skills, has earned them the right to these new roles.”

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Food industry vets commence new lobbying practice

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON Policy Solutions, a new government and public affairs firm, has opened a practice in Washington, led by three food industry veterans.

The new firm will provide strategic advice to its clients and assistance in coalition building, grassroots program development, media relations, and in community outreach and corporate responsibility programs.

The three principals of the lobbying group include John Motley, former SVP government affairs for the Food Marketing Institute; Barry Scher, former long-time VP public affairs for Giant Foods; and Jay Truitt, former VP government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 

“With both a new Congress and administration, there will be increased legislative and regulatory activity. Policy Solution’s principals have an extensive experience in working with both Congress and the Executive Branch on a wide range of policy issues, from food safety to energy and from taxes to health care,” said Motley.

For more information on this group, visit policy-solutions.net.

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Wegmans seeks to reduce paper usage for prescriptions

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans’ SVP of consumer affairs Mary Ellen Burris on Sunday noted that Wegmans pharmacies are losing a significant amount of paper weight in her weekly online blog.

Wegmans pharmacies are eliminating pharmacy prescription information sheets for all refills, she noted, which would more or less result in 10 million fewer printouts each year.

“That’s the scoop on … you know, the enclosure with every single prescription that you probably don’t even read while you’re throwing it away,” she wrote. “Now, there are some you should read … a first time prescription, for instance. However, after you understand the precautions, use, side effects, drug interactions and storage (my favorite, for a recently prescribed drug: “do not store in the bathroom” which is where I keep all medical stuff) … such information is typically not really needed for refills.”

Completing implementation of new pharmacy software made it possible, Burris noted, making pharmacy prescription information sheets for refills, which consist of about 50% of the prescriptions filled at Wegmans, obsolete.

Essential information is still printed with each prescription filled, however.

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