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Onco360 names new chief executive

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Onco360, one of the nation’s largest independent providers of oncology pharmacy services, on Monday announced that Paul Jardina was named president and CEO.
 
“We are confident that Paul is the right leader to take Onco360 forward," said Greg Weishar, CEO of PharMerica, a signficant investor in Onco360. "His deep experience in healthcare and oncology make him the ideal CEO for Onco360. We are confident that, under his leadership, Onco360 will continue to fulfill its mission of transforming oncology pharmacy, now and in the future.”
 
Jardina has more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience as an executive in oncology and physician services. Most recently he served as president and CEO of U.S. Physiatry, a physician services company focused on physical medicine and rehabilitation in the post-acute continuum. Jardina has served in various leadership positions for U.S. Oncology (now McKesson Specialty Health), leading key business lines including oncology specialty pharmacy, drug distribution and radiation and imaging. In his role at U.S. Oncology, Jardina was instrumental in the development and growth of the company’s pharmaceutical service lines and its transition to an open market provider of oncology pharmaceutical services.
 
Burt Zweigenhaft will continue to serve as the company’s vice chairman and chief strategy officer. In this capacity, Zweigenhaft will focus on key strategic initiatives and business development to further support the company’s growth strategy.
 
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Penn Foster partners with Walgreens on pharmacy technician externship program

BY Michael Johnsen

 

SCRANTON, Pa. — Penn Foster on Tuesday announced a new partnership with Walgreens to improve its U.S. Pharmacy Technician Program. Graduates of the U.S. Penn Foster Pharmacy Technician Program will now be required to complete an externship through partners, including Walgreens, to be better prepared for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and employment in the field. 
 
Through this new requirement, Penn Foster students receive in-person instruction in pharmacy technician training at their pharmacy placement.
 
This announcement is in line with National Pharmacy Technician Day, a day dedicated to celebrating pharmacy technician professionals in this fast-growing, in-demand field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the pharmacy technician field is expected to grow 32% faster than average from 2012 to 2022, and offers many different job opportunities and work schedules that fit various lifestyles. It is ranked 36th on the U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Healthcare Jobs and 83rd on U.S. News and World Report's list of 100 Best Jobs.
 
"We are proud to partner with Walgreens and other national retail pharmacy brands in our mission to align education and hands-on training with the needs of employers," stated Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster. "The improvements to our Pharmacy Technician Program are the latest in a series of changes Penn Foster has made to help our students become more competitive and successful in their chosen career fields."
 
In addition to a mandatory externship with its partners, Penn Foster has revised its U.S. Pharmacy Technician program to better prepare graduates for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and will now cover the cost of the exam for its graduates.  

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Burmans independent pharmacy receives award from Philadelphia Business Journal, UnitedHealthcare

BY Michael Johnsen

BROOKHAVEN, Pa. — Burmans, an independent community pharmacy, was announced as a winner of the Patient Safety Award at the annual Innovation Awards presented by Philadelphia Business Journal and UnitedHealthcare.
 
The Patient Safety Award recognized Burmans for its approach to patient safety. Burmans employs a coordinated care approach that ensures optimal access, management, safety and outcomes. Sustained close relationships with patients, providers, payers, drug manufacturers and advocacy organizations enable Burmans’ efforts to prevent gaps in care, the retailer stated. 
 
“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide exceptional healthcare services to the Greater Philadelphia community,” said Steve Burman, president and CEO, Burmans. “For 50 years, Burmans has been committed to the wellbeing of each and every one of our patients.”
 
Burmans Pharmacy is an independent community pharmacy whose pharmacists have nearly 300 years of collective experience addressing patients’ needs and offer additional services and resources such as compounding, face-to-face consultations, insurance experts and specialty pharmacy programs. Burmans Medical Supplies is a provider of home medical equipment that specializes in wound care and urological supplies. 
 
Earlier this month, Burmans Pharmacy was voted as one of the “Best Pharmacies” in Delaware County, Pa., by readers of The Delaware County Daily Times. In addition, Burmans Specialty Pharmacy received the “Shaping Healthcare Delivery” award at AmerisourceBergen’s ThinkLive Conference for enhancing access to treatment for Hepatitis C patients.
 
“We are thrilled to be recognized by so many organizations in our area,” Burman said. “These three awards are proof that our mission to improve the life of each patient we touch continues to be realized.”
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