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NASPA honors 42 pharmacists with innovation award

BY Alaric DeArment

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — More than three-dozen pharmacists in 41 states will receive the 2013 National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations’ Excellence in Innovation Award, which is designed to recognize pharmacists who have demonstrated significant innovation in their practice.

The award, sponsored by drug maker Upsher-Smith Labs, focuses on those innovations in practice, method or service that directly or indirectly improve patient care and the advancement of the pharmacy profession.

"Upsher-Smith is proud to sponsor NASPA’s efforts to recognize these talented innovators in the field of pharmacy," Upsher-Smith president and CEO Mark Evenstad said. "As a pharmacist, our chairman, Kenneth Evenstad, has instilled a great respect for the role of the pharmacist throughout Upsher-Smith. We believe the impact pharmacists can have on patient wellness and their passion for improving patient lives is truly inspiring."

The recipients of the award are Jeffrey Jerkins, Alabama; Amy Kennedy, Arizona; Lanita White, Arkansas; Charles Caley, Connecticut; William Harbester, Delaware; Sonia Martinez, Florida; Bobby Price, Georgia; Kara Izumi, Hawaii; Izabella Wentz, Illinois; Gloria Sachdev, Indiana; Heather Ourth, Iowa; Lisa Everett, Kansas; Buddy Wheeler, Kentucky; Errol Duplantis, Louisiana; Steve Maki, Maine; John Motsko, Maryland; Geoffrey Twigg, Maryland; Allison Paquin, Massachusetts; the FirstLight Health System Pharmacy Team, Minnesota; Robert Lomenick, Mississippi; Paul Perniciaro, Missouri; Matthew Bowman, Montana; Ajay Gupta, New Hampshire; Anne Crochunis, New Jersey; Jennifer Ortega, New Mexico; Elizabeth Phillips, New York; Stephen Eckel, North Carolina; Thrifty White Pharmacies, North Dakota; Joseph Dula, Ohio; John Crumly, Oklahoma; Bill Boyce, Oregon; Robert Maher, Pennsylvania; Anita Jackson, Rhode Island; Jessica Puckett-Beasley, South Carolina; Ryan Moss, Tennessee; Debra Lopez, Texas; Brandon Jennings, Utah; Michelle Herbert Thomas, Virginia; Stephen Setter, Washington; Denise Walbrandt Pigarelli, Wisconsin; and Scot Schmidt, Wyoming.

 

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Diplomat acquires American Homecare Federation

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat has acquired a hemophilia-focused specialty pharmacy based in Connecticut, the specialty pharmacy company said Monday.

Diplomat announced that it had bought Enfield, Conn.-based American Homecare Federation, which provides pharmacy services for patients with hemophilia who depend on homecare throughout the United States. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Diplomat is pleased to expand our footprint in the hemophilia specialty space with the acquisition of AHF, which has an outstanding reputation for serving the hemophilia community and complements Diplomat’s philosophy to ‘take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place,’" Diplomat CEO Phil Hagerman said. "The AHF purchase also establishes Diplomat’s physical presence in the Northeast and allows for future expansion opportunities in that region."

 

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VoicePort launches Prescription Adherence Solution through Pennsylvania independent

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — VoicePort on Monday announced that they have launched their Prescription Adherence Solution at Klingensmith’s Drug Stores, an eight-store independent drug chain headquartered in Ford City, Pa. 

"Our integration to their pharmacy system allows for intelligent and timely patient communications via voice, text or e-mail to keep them current to their prescriptions," noted Alphonse Sasso, VoicePort VP business development. 

VoicePort’s PharmaPhonetics Patient solutions delivers automated, personalized and interactive unified communications that connects directly to the patients on behalf of the pharmacy. Their services include mediation synchronization solutions, prescription pick-up and refill reminder notifications, health awareness/medical therapy review messaging, patient counseling, written translation, education and instruction services, mobile applications focused for pharmacy or front end, automated web based appointment scheduling services and patient co-payment assistance programs.  

The Unified Patient Communication platform enables permission-based phone, text, e-mail, web and mobile notifications that are personalized to individual patients. 

 

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