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In wake of Harvey, Paramount Rx helps cover cost of tetanus vaccines at H-E-B stores

BY Michael Johnsen

CARY, N.C. —  In response to public health concerns associated with flooding, Prescription Benefits Manager Paramount Rx has partnered with grocery retailer H-E-B to support the distribution of 2,500 free tetanus vaccinations at H-E-B stores in certain areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Even as flood waters recede, leftover debris still pose a threat to those who have not received a tetanus booster in the last 10 years,” reported Ken Hammond, president Paramount Rx. “As an organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our customers, we were grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with H-E-B to help protect Houston residents in the difficult months ahead.”

Paramount Rx donated $75,000 to support the distribution of tetanus vaccinations in the Houston and Gulf Coast region. Tetanus, often called lockjaw, is a serious infection caused by bacteria present in soil and dust. Coming into contact with flood debris could increase the likelihood of infection.

 

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Synergy Medical ranks on Canadian Business’ 2017 Profit 500

BY David Salazar

MONTREAL, Canada — Synergy Medical is among Canada’s fastest-growing companies, according to the latest installation of the Canadian Business Profit 500. The ranking, published in the Maclean’s October issue and on CanadianBusiness.com, ranks 500 Canadian businesses based on their five-year revenue growth. Synergy Medical made the 2017 Profit 500 with five-year revenue growth of 78%.

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the Profit 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” Profit 500 program manager Deborah Aarts said. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today.”

The company, which launched in 2008, designs, manufactures and installs pharmacy automation systems aimed at improving pharmacy efficiency while improving patient adherence. Synergy Medical has installed more than 300 of its SynMed and SynMed Ultra systems in North America and Europe.

“It is an honor for Synergy Medical to be classed among the fastest growing Canadian companies, and to be given the Profit 500 designation.” Synergy Medical president and founder Jean Boutin said. “It is the unwavering dedication and sustained efforts of our team that has allowed Synergy Medical to provide market-leading automation solutions to pharmacies, and consequently to receive this recognition.”

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IPC’s government relations team hits Capitol Hill

BY David Salazar

SUN PRAIRIE, Wisc. — The Independent Pharmacy Cooperative’s government relations team, alongside board members, recently took to the nation’s capital to discuss issues affecting independent pharmacy with legislators. The team scheduled meetings with more than 25 legislators from more than 10 states.

“This is a great opportunity for the IPC team to express our need for legislative support and to represent the needs of our members and their communities.” IPC SVP government relations Mark Kinney said. “It is crucial that we speak for our members and actively work to achieve legislative and public policy successes important to independent pharmacy.”

IPC has worked with other industry stakeholders to pass legislation related to community pharmacy, and has advocated around such issues as a legislative response to direct and indirect remuneration, or DIR, fees; implementing a valid professional dispensing fee; and PBM Enforcement Regulation, among others.

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