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Take Care continues its Wisconsin expansion

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has expanded into three more Wisconsin cities with the opening of its first clinics at Walgreens stores in the Green Bay, Madison and Oshkosh/Fox Valley markets.

With these openings, Take Care Health Systems now has 13 clinics in the state, including 10 in the Milwaukee area. Up to six additional clinics are planned in the state later this year.

“Take Care Health Clinics have been incredibly well-received in Milwaukee—our first Wisconsin market—since opening in March 2007,” stated Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “Nationwide, Take Care health providers have offered high-quality, affordable and convenient health care to over half a million patients, with exceedingly high patient satisfaction ratings. We believe that residents of Green Bay, Madison and Oshkosh/Fox Valley will also find value in our patient-first model of care.”

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 181 clinics in 22 markets throughout 14 states.

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FDA requests delay on Merck application for cholesterol drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

BOSTON The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that Merck wait until it finishes clinical trials of the cholesterol drugs MK-0524A and MK-0524B before re-filing a marketing application for them, Merck announced Friday.

The FDA rejected Merck’s application for the two drugs in April, and the FDA has advised that it should wait until it receives results from the clinical trial before re-filing.

MK-0524A is a combination of the drug Cordaptive and niacin; MK-0524B combines those ingredients with Zocor. Merck has said it does not plan to seek approval for MK-0524B until it completes the application for MK-0524A.

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Adheris’ Glaser dies at 53

BY DSN STAFF

BURLINGTON, Mass. Matthew Glaser, 53, senior vice president of Professional Services for Adheris, passed away from cancer this past Saturday.

Glaser was a respected leader in the retail pharmacy industry who spent over 30 years working in community, chain, hospital and institutional pharmacy settings. Since 1996, he had dedicated his experience and skills to growing Adheris from a start-up to a leading provider of pharmacy-based patient education and adherence programs. At Adheris, he worked with chain and independent pharmacies, ensuring the delivery of appropriate compliance and adherence programs to their patients.

Prior to his tenure at Adheris, Glaser served as vice president of Pharmacy and Professional Affairs for Brooks Pharmacy, and as assistant vice president of Professional Services and vice president of Managed Care at Hook-SupeRx. Earlier in his career, he spent several years serving in various management positions at CVS.

Glaser held a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University.

Glaser is survived by his four children; his mother and several siblings and nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Matthew P. Glaser Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Office of Advancement at 179 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

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