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NACDS Foundation announces Pharmacy Student Scholarship recipients

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Monday the recipients of the annual Pharmacy Student Scholarship Awards.

The NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Program identifies and recognizes the next generation of pharmacy leaders during their pursuit of academic success and educational goals. The NACDS Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $30,000 to six pharmacy students.  

The six NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Awards were chosen to receive named scholarships that honor distinguished pharmacy leaders and companies that share the NACDS Foundation’s commitment to education, research and charitable work. The recipients are as follows:
 
Mark Schiffmann of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and Emily Swayka of Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy received the Leonard J. DeMino Pharmacy Student Scholarships.
 
Laura Vollmer of Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Joshua Prostek of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy received the Taro Research Foundation Scholarships.
 
Delaram Bahmandar of Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy and Ashle Kappenman of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy received the Teva Pharmaceuticals Robert J. Bolger Scholarships.
 
“These students represent the future of pharmacy, and we applaud them for their academic accomplishments.  Each exemplifies one of the key missions of the NACDS Foundation in supporting continuing education programs that focus on patient-centered care in the community pharmacy setting,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger.  “We are delighted to honor these exceptional students with scholarships to assist them in continuing their pharmacy education."

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Mylan appoints two new board members

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — Mylan has appointed its president and a former Goldman Sachs & Co. partner to its board, the generic drug maker said Monday.

Mylan announced the appointment of president Rajiv Malik and former Goldman Sachs partner Melina Higgins to its board.

Malik has served in various leadership positions at Mylan since January 2007, when it acquired a controlling stake in India-based Matrix Labs Ltd., now known as Mylan Labs Ltd.; Malik was Matrix’s CEO at the time. Since then, Mylan said, he has helped expand and diversify the company’s global product portfolio, pipeline and manufacturing footprint.

Higgins worked for Goldman Sachs for nearly 20 years, starting there in 1989 and retiring in 2010. While there, she served as a member of the investment committee of the principal investment area, which oversaw and approved global private equity and private debt investments and was one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world. She also served as head of the Americas and as co-chairwoman of the investment advisory committee for the GS Mezzanine Partners funds, managing more than $30 billion of assets.


 

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Bartell Drugs introduces PharmaSmart kiosks

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has introduced PharmaSmart blood-pressure testing kiosks at all 58 of its stores, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Bartell said it was the first drug store chain in the Pacific Northwest to provide the new kiosks, made by Rochester, N.Y.-based PharmaSmart International.

"In this era of personalized medicine, the role of the pharmacist continues to expand as a healthcare provider," Bartell pharmacy professional services manager Billy Chow said. "The PharmaSmart kiosk technology is a valuable new frontline tool for blood-pressure prevention and management."

According to PharmaSmart, the company’s connectivity network has collected and stored more than 16 million patient readings to date in its Blood Pressure Tracker repository. The software allows pharmacists at Bartells to conduct timely reviews with patients who may have hypertension or be at risk of it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hypertension was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death for about 348,000 Americans in 2008, and an estimated 1-in-3 American adults have the condition. Meanwhile, of the 68 million Americans with hypertension, 1-in-5 don’t know they have it, and 36 million don’t have their blood pressure under control.

 

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