New, simplified HIV patient-assistance program application offered
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Drug maker Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that patients applying for its HIV drug assistance program would have a more streamlined application process.
The J&J Patient Assistance Foundation announced that it had started using a new, common patient assistance program application for the drugs it offers, consolidating all the required information in one place. The new application is the result of a partnership between the company and six others, as well as federal agencies and public-health advocacy groups.
The company said the form would simplify access to medications for HIV/AIDS patients taking drugs from multiple manufacturers’ patient assistance programs.
GSK launches inhaler recycling program
NEW YORK — GlaxoSmithKline is offering a recycling program for empty inhalers at retail pharmacies in 31 cities, the drug maker said Wednesday.
The company announced its "Complete the Cycle" program for GSK respiratory inhalers, starting in October.
The cities where the program is offered include Anchorage, Alaska; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Denver; Eugene, Ore.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Huntsville, Ala.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; Milwaukee; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and Syracuse, N.Y.
The company will provide an in-store location for customers to drop off their inhalers, after which they’ll be shipped to a specialized recycler.
Coca-Cola names leaders for new operating structure
ATLANTA — Coca-Cola has announced new leadership appointments to support the company’s new global operating structure.
Coca-Cola said that Ahmet Bozer, Steve Cahillane and Irial Finan will lead Coca-Cola International, Coca-Cola Americas and Bottling Investments Group, respectively. Coca-Cola said the new structure "will consolidate leadership of global operations under the Bottling Investments Group and two large, but similar sized geographic regions to streamline reporting lines, intensify focus on key markets and create a structure that leverages synergies and provides flexibility to adjust the business within these geographies in the future."
The three operating businesses will report to chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent. The changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.