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Teva’s Pliva division increases manufacturing capacity by more than 25%

BY Alaric DeArment

ZAGREB, Croatia — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is investing more than $100 million in its Croatian division for a plant that will make pills mostly for the international market.

Teva subsidiary Pliva said the new plant, in the capital of Zagreb, would considerably increase its production capacities for tablets and capsules. The company said the new plant would increase the annual manufacturing capacity by more than 25%.

"This year has been especially important for us — we are about to complete one of the largest investment cycles in the company’s history," Pliva management board president Tihomir Orešković said. "I am glad that Teva is today one of the biggest private investors in Croatia and that its investments in the production facilities in Zagreb and Savski Marof total more than $200 million."

 

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Reports: Pa. bill to create prescription drug database passes House

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The state Senate of Pennsylvania will vote on a bill to curb misuse of prescription drugs, according to published reports.

The Beaver County, Pa., Times reported that Pennsylvania House Bill 1694 cleared the lower house of the state legislature in a 191-7 vote. The bill is designed to stop doctor-shopping and pill mills by creating an electronic prescription drug database to track drugs dispensed by doctors and veterinarians. Doctors and pharmacists can then use it to verify patients’ medication histories.

According to a recent survey by Trust for America’s Health, Pennsylvania ranks 14th in the nation in drug overdose deaths, with 15.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010.

 

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K.JACOB says:
Oct-30-2013 07:58 am

This is wonderful. I only hope it will be connected from state to state because I know that some abusers travel quite far between Pennsylvania and New Jersey for their drugs. New Jersey has had this system for almost a year now.

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Baroma ACO implements Walgreens WellTransitions program

BY Michael Johnsen

MIAMI — Baroma on Tuesday announced a strategic relationship with Walgreens that will bring pharmacists and hospital staff together to help reduce re-admissions and increase medication adherence for Baroma’s accountable care organization.

Baroma has implemented Walgreens WellTransitions program, a collaborative transition of care program that provides ongoing follow-up and patient support during and after discharge from the hospital, to help achieve its goals for re-admissions and medication adherence, two important criteria outlined under the shared savings initiative with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“The health information landscape is fragmented, with individual groups or facilities often knowing only what they have prescribed or what their patients have discussed with them. Now, when a patient is discharged, we can inform our physicians of their patient’s medication history," stated Marisela Rodriquez, Baroma COO. "So, as the primary care physician, they can make more informed decisions and can better educate their patients on how they should take their medications. This access to information will help reduce hospital admission caused by medication mismanagement or nonadherence.” 

WellTransitions, launched by Walgreens in 2012, utilizes features such as real-time patient readmission information, root cause analysis and more as part of a multi-step process that spans the discharge period. The program has already proven instrumental in helping hospitals recognize the “triple aim” of greater patient satisfaction, better health outcomes and lower costs. 

As an Accountable Care Organization, Baroma has chosen to further develop Walgreens WellTransitions as an ACO-specific tool, with the Walgreens pharmacy team working in collaboration with Baroma Care Navigators and participating physicians to reduce preventable hospital readmission by improving medication adherence.

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