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Reports: Dan Haron named NuScriptRx CEO

BY Antoinette Alexander

NASHVILLE — Retail pharmacy veteran Dan Haron has been appointed CEO of NuScriptRx, which serves the pharmaceutical needs of long-term care facilities and their residents, according to published reports.

Haron previously served as president of Cigna pharmacy management. He joined Cigna in 2007 as VP operations for Cigna tele-drug home delivery pharmacy.

Haron graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, after which he held positions of increasing responsibility at People’s Drug Stores, CVS/pharmacy, Arrow Prescription Centers and Brooks and Eckerd Pharmacy before joining Cigna.

 

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Ani Pharmaceuticals buys 31 generic drugs from Teva with combined annual sales of $860 million

BY Alaric DeArment

BAUDETTE, Minn. — Ani Pharmaceuticals has bought 31 generic drugs from Teva Pharmaceuticals for $12.5 million, the company said.

The deal includes a cash transaction and a percentage of future gross profits from product sales, Ani said. Of the 31 drugs, 20 are oral-solid, immediate-release products; four are extended-release; and seven are liquid drugs. The drug maker said it would immediately start working on transferring them into its factories and expects to launch them in fourth quarter 2014. The drugs have combined annual sales of $860 million, according to IMS Health.

"This acquisition is a significant opportunity for Ani to expand our generic product portfolio beyond our current seven marketed products," Ani president and CEO Arthur Przybyl said. "When launched, these products will strengthen our business by growing our revenue base and leveraging our manufacturing capabilities."

Ani also said this week that it had entered a fee-for-service development agreement for a generic drug product with Sterling Pharmaceutical Services, though it didn’t specify which product that was, except to say it had annual sales of $60 million, according to IMS Health.

 

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Publix extends Sync Your Refills program chainwide

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix on Tuesday announced plans to expand a new Sync Your Refills program to all pharmacies. After a successful test in the Atlanta Division, the program will expand companywide to the remaining Publix Pharmacies by Friday, Jan. 24. 

“As both a supermarket and pharmacy, we are focused on providing convenient programs and services to our customers,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “Our Sync Your Refills program is designed to respect the time of our customers and continue to build on a strong relationship between patient and pharmacist. Prescription synchronization assists in medication adherence for happier, healthier customers.”

Sync Your Refills is a program established to assist customers with synchronization of their medications to be refilled on the same day of the month. With this program, Publix pharmacists are more equipped to engage with their customers and discuss such patient care activities as immunizations, medication changes, medication therapy management consultations and medication adherence.

Customers receive a call eight days prior to fulfillment of prescriptions each month to ensure changes have not occurred. A reminder call or text is issued the day prior to pickup. As an added service, a call or text is issued if prescriptions are not picked up within 48 hours.

There are 925 Publix Pharmacies in the chain.

 

 

 

 

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