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Walgreens Boots Alliance chief information officer steps down

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance on Friday announced that Tim Theriault, EVP, global chief information officer, will step down, effective June 1, for personal reasons. Theriault will continue to serve as a consultant to the company and as a senior advisor to executive vice chairman and acting CEO Stefano Pessina on a range of issues, including cyber security.
 
Anthony Roberts, who had served as SVP, international CIO, will now assume the role of Walgreens Boots Alliance SVP, global CIO.
 
“Tim has played a critically important role over the past six years leading Walgreens IT transformation, and advancing and integrating the Walgreens Boots Alliance technology teams and infrastructure since the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots last December," Pessina said. "We are grateful for all that Tim has done and for continuing as a consultant and a senior advisor to me as we pursue new global frontiers in IT to serve customers, patients and partners.”
 
Roberts brings extensive experience as an IT professional to his new role, having worked for international companies throughout his career including PepsiCo and UPS. In addition, he has led the transformation of IT across Alliance Boots and most recently co-led the integration office in preparation for the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots.
 
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Roxane Labs makes recently approved IBS treatment available to ship

BY David Salazar

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Thursday Roxane Laboratories announced that its alosetron hydrochloride tablets — a generic version of irritable bowel syndrome treatment Lotronex — was available in 0.5- and 1-mg strength. 
 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Roxane’s abbreviated new drug application for the medication on May 4, making an approximately $86 million annual market available to the company. 
 
The news of the availability of Roxane’s IBS drug comes the same day that the FDA approved two new brand-name IBS treatments, Patheon Pharmaceuticals’ Viberzi and Salix Pharmaceuticals’ Xifaxan.
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NABP announces general registration date for .pharmacy domains

BY David Salazar

MOUNT PROSPECT, Illi. — Some online pharmacy sites will soon be able to point visitors to their .pharmacy domain names. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) announced Thursday that .pharmacy domains will enter general registration for pharmacies and related organizations starting June 3. 
 
The NABP introduced the pharmacy-centered Top-Level Domain (TLD) in 2014 as a way for consumers to clearly distinguish legitimate online pharmacy resources from potentially unsafe and illegal sites. NABP’s review of  about 11,000 sites selling prescriptions drugs found that 96% of them skirt pharmacy standards and laws. Since introducing the TLD, NABP has approved the requests of some 300 entities who applied during the limited registration period for a .pharmacy domain. 
 
Those interested in a .pharmacy domain must apply with an application fee and documentation showing that the organization’s site complies with NABP standards, as well as all the content from the proposed site. Organizations who are approved by the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) and its veterinary counterpart (Vet-VIPPS) do not need to submit an application. More information about the .pharmacy TLD can be found at safe.pharmacy
 
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