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Rx-360 seeks to eliminate counterfeit, compromised drugs from supply chain

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Counterfeit and compromised drugs have become a problem, but a nonprofit organization launched earlier this month hopes to bring stakeholders from throughout the drug industry together to keep them out of the supply chain.

More than 125 people from 70 organizations representing the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and generic drug industries, as well as suppliers, trade organizations and regulatory agencies, attended the launch meeting of the Rx-360 International Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Consortium at Washington’s Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

“The organization was incorporated for the purpose of developing and implementing enhanced global quality systems and processes to help members ensure product quality and authenticity throughout their supply chains,” Mary Devlin Capizzi of Drinker Biddle & Reath told attendees.

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NCPA makes recommendations for the Affordable Health Choices Act

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. An organization representing the country’s independent pharmacies has sent a list of recommendations for healthcare reform to the chairman of the Senate’s healthcare committee.

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced Tuesday that its EVP and CEO Bruce Roberts had sent a letter with five specific recommendations for the Affordable Health Choices Act to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

The recommendations address grants establishing community health teams supporting a medical home model, grants for medication management services to treat chronic disease, requirements for pharmacies to provide health insurance, pharmacy exemption for durable medical equipment accreditation and features of the public health plan option.

Roberts wrote that the NCPA supports the requirement that community health teams provide patients with access to pharmacist-delivered medication management therapies in the medical home model provision.

“NCPA believes that pharmacists’ services should be an integral part of a patient’s medical home because prescription medications are the primary medical intervention used to improve health and quality of life,” Roberts wrote.

The letter expressed support for the law’s proposed establishment of a grant program for medication therapy management and exemptions for pharmacies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ durable medical equipment accreditation requirements, which they must fulfill in order to sell diabetes-testing supplies. On the other hand, it asked the committee to consider that small businesses with highly trained professionals, such as pharmacies, have higher-than-average salaries as it decided on an annual salary phase out for tax incentives to provide health insurance. It also emphasized its preference that the drug benefit component of any public plan be administered by a pharmacy benefits administrator rather than a pharmacy benefits manager.

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Fruth Pharmacy elects founder’s daughter as board chairwoman

BY Alaric DeArment

POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. Regional retail pharmacy chain Fruth Pharmacy has elected a new chairwoman of the board.

Fruth CEO Don Pullin announced the election of Lynne Fruth, which occurred during the board meeting in March. The company said Fruth will direct the company’s affairs and make decisions on major company issues.

Fruth, the youngest daughter of company founder Jack Fruth, has spent more than 20 years in careers related to education, serving as field researcher for the federal government and in the Putnam County, W.Va., school system. She also works as a private consultant to many county school systems in West Virginia and has been an owner and operator of several private businesses, including restaurants and a vending route.

“In the words of my father, the harder I work, the luckier I get,” Fruth stated. “I will strive to bring to this position that level of dedication, as well as a commitment to the values on which our company was founded – hard work; integrity; true concern for our employees, customers and communities; and a vision for where we can take Fruth Pharmacy in the future.”

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