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N.C.’s Lt. Gov. applauds Kerr Drug, launches ChecKmeds NC

BY Adam Kraemer

RALEIGH, N.C. North Carolina’s Lt. Governor, Bev Perdue, visited the Kerr Drug at North Hills Mall in Raleigh Thursday to announce the official launch of ChecKmeds NC, a medication therapy management program.

Perdue, who chairs the North Carolina Heatlh and Wellness Trust Fund Commission, gave kudos to Kerr Drug for its leadership in promoting senior health care.

“Perdue and Kerr Drug have always shared a common goal in promoting senior health care in our state, “ says Tony Civello, president and chief executive officer of Kerr Drug, and past chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. “The partnership is natural because issues such as medical assistance to seniors, including senior prescription drug costs, have always been at the top of Perdue’s agenda and are the central focus of Kerr Drug’s initiatives.”

ChecKmeds NC, which is funded by the HWTFC, helps ensure seniors are taking the right medication in the best manner. “ChecKmeds NC is a groundbreaking program for seniors in our state,” says Perdue, who was a health care advocate and Director of Geriatrics at Craven Regional Medical Center prior to becoming an elected North Carolina official. “This critical pharmacist counseling will not only help our seniors save money, it could improve their health or save their lives.”

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Pharma, biotech companies in line of wildfires

BY Drew Buono

SAN DIEGO With the wildfires still blazing in areas across San Diego, such pharma and biotech companies as Pfizer are preparing for closures and even evacuations of some of their facilities, according to drugresearcher.com.

Pfizer’s La Jolla research and development site is a 33.5-acre campus, with facilities covering more than 1 million square feet, including  Pfizer’s vaccines research and The Pfizer Incubator, a new facility where the company is financing life science start-ups.  The HIV drug Viracept is produced at the site, as well as new treatments for cancer and diseases of the eye.

Across San Diego County, there are more than 500 life science companies employing more than 36,000 people, according to industry association Biocom.  The companies range from small biotechs to some of the biggest names in drug development, such as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen, Biogen Idec, Genentech and Pfizer.  Between them, they generate more than $23 million for the economy every day.

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Pharmacy OneSource ranks in Deloitte’s top 100

BY Drew Buono

BELLEVUE, Wash. Pharmacy OneSource has been ranked number 84 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America. The company grew 2011 percent in fiscal revenue from 2002-2006, which was the time period used to measure each company’s ranking.

“We enjoy our strong relationship with pharmacy professionals and the opportunity it brings to stay intimate with their needs,” said Keith Streckenbach, chief strategy officer. “This knowledge, combined with excellent hires, has catalyzed our growth.”

Pharmacy OneSource was also ranked sixth on the Washington State Technology Fast 50, which ranks the 50 fastest growing technology firms in Washington State.

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