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Senate approves bill to increase spending for American Indian healthcare

BY Drew Buono

WASHINGTON The Senate has approved a bill that would give $35 billion over the next 10 years to the Indian Health Service, which provides tribal health care for 1.8 million American Indians and Alaska Natives on reservations, according to published reports.

The bill would strengthen mental health programs and patient screening for cancer and diabetes, expand disease prevention programs and recruit nurses and doctors to serve American Indian populations. It would also modernize and build health clinics and increase tribal access to Medicare and Medicaid.

The Senate also approved an amendment by Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., that would grant the Indian Health Service the authority to more evenly distribute funding for construction of its health facilities. Right now, funding only goes to about 10 states.

The House is expected to take a look at the bill later this year.

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CARE Pharmacies moves headquarters to share space with NCPA

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. CARE Pharmacies, a conglomerate of independent drug stores operating primarily in and around the nation’s capital, on Monday announced its moving in with the National Community Pharmacy Association, relocating its corporate headquarters from Arlington, Va. the next town over to Old Town Alexandria, Va., where it will share space with the NCPA.

“We are excited about many areas in which CARE is partnering with NCPA,” stated Gerry Crocker, CARE chief executive officer. “Our being located in their headquarters will have its obvious advantages as our relationship develops,” he said.

CARE relocated its headquarters as part of its expansion efforts—where additional office space and staff are required, the company stated.

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Eric Leeds appointed senior vp at Mylan

BY Drew Buono

PITTSBURGH Mylan has appointed Eric Leeds as senior vice president and head of global investor relations.

Leeds has more than 20 years of experience with capital markets. Most recently, he was senior vice president and head of investor relations at Primedia. While there, he broadened his knowledge of investor awareness by taking part in 18 acquisitions and the sale of closing of 25 businesses.

Mylan vice chairman and chief executive officer Robert Coury said: “As a significantly larger, global company, we recognize the importance of best-in-class communications and transparency and are pleased that Eric has joined our executive team to further strengthen our communications with the investment community. Eric’s strong financial background, combined with his international experience, knowledge of mergers and acquisitions and leverage, and in-depth understanding of the investment community will be invaluable in helping Mylan continue to grow its businesses and leadership positions around the world.”

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