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Walgreens recognizes 27,000 pharmacists for commitment to patients

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As part of American Pharmacists Month throughout October, Walgreens is recognizing its more than 27,000 pharmacists for their dedication to patient care, and the growing and important role they continue to play in health care today.

“Our pharmacists’ commitment to Walgreens patients is evident every day, and this year, especially, we’ve seen countless illustrations of our pharmacists going above and beyond,” stated Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “As we recognize our pharmacists as part of American Pharmacists Month, it’s also an opportunity to highlight their extraordinary efforts after hurricanes impacted Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico. The care, teamwork and resilience demonstrated by Walgreens pharmacists and our other employees proved critical in meeting the needs of our patients and communities at a critical time.”

Thousands of Walgreens employees and health service providers were involved in relief and recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, further demonstrating the important role Walgreens pharmacists have in their respective communities.  

Some examples include:

  • To help meet medication and medical supply needs, Walgreens pharmacists set up on-site pharmacy operations at several shelters, including one at the George R. Brown Conference Center in Houston and another at Florida International University in Miami. The shelter at FIU housed Florida Keys evacuees with special medical needs as well as dialysis-dependent patients evacuated from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico;
  • Walgreens pharmacists were also an invaluable and integral partner of hospitals in areas affected by the hurricanes. For example, the pharmacy manager of the Walgreens location at the Women’s Hospital of Texas in Houston, working on her own, compounded medications for the hospital’s NICU patients while also filling needed prescriptions so pediatric patients could be discharged from the hospital; and
  • When the Walgreens pharmacy staff at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, was unable to get to the location due to flooding, several Walgreens pharmacists from neighboring locations helped hospital staff get medications to patients in critical condition who were being transferred via helicopter.  

In addition to celebrating American Pharmacists Month, during October and November, Walgreens is also recognizing the important role of its nearly 50,000 additional health care service providers, including its pharmacy technicians, Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants, in conjunction with National Physician Assistant Week (Oct. 6-12), National Pharmacy Technician Day (Oct. 17) and National Nurse Practitioner Week (Nov. 12–18).

 

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Lilly launches Humalog Junior KwikPen

BY David Salazar

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Lilly’s latest introduction is making half-unit doses of insulin easier for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The company on Wednesday launched its Humalog Junior KwikPen, which it said is the only prefilled, disposable half-unit insulin pen. The Food and Drug Administration approved the product in June to treat diabetes.

“Learning how to inject insulin can be overwhelming, especially for newly diagnosed children and their caregivers. People often feel shock and anxiety, and may struggle with the reality of fitting diabetes into daily life,” Lilly VP global medical affairs Dr. Sherry Martin said. “We hope to help take away some of the worries about the injection process with Humalog Junior KwikPen. Because it is prefilled, there are fewer steps for people to learn, and the half-unit increments make dosing more precise.”

The pen is shorter and lighter than other half-unit pens, and it provides a disposable option where previously half-unit doses were only available through reusable pens that require cartridges to be removed and reloaded, Lilly said.
 

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McKesson Canada names new president of payer markets

BY Michael Johnsen

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — McKesson Canada on Tuesday announced the appointment of Dianne Carmichael as president payer markets and head of corporate strategy and business development, effective immediately. Reporting to Domenic Pilla, McKesson Canada’s CEO, Carmichael will be responsible for developing and executing on McKesson Canada’s payor market strategy, and identifying how to create and deliver value to patients, providers and insurers.

In this role, Carmichael will also oversee McKesson’s overall corporate strategy and M&A activities in Canada.
 
“Dianne is an innovative and inspired leader with over 25 years of executive management experience and a proven track record of building and growing businesses,” Pilla said. "I am confident she will provide a valuable perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing health care in Canada and help position the organization for long-term success.”
 
Carmichael has held various senior roles within the consumer packaged goods, technology, financial services and health care industries. As chairman and CEO Worldsource Wealth Management at publicly traded Guardian Capital, she created and built an $8 billion pension, wealth and mutual management company. She went on to help build and lead a number of innovative organizations with an international footprint, including Best Doctors, an employee benefits company that covers 40 million people worldwide, including 6 million Canadians, UHN Solutions at University Health Network and Health Innovation & Ventures at MaRS.

Most recently she was the chief health tech advisor at the Council of Canadian Innovators.
 
Carmichael is a founding board member of Patients Canada and sits on the board of the Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicines. She has received many awards including Top 20 Business Women in Canada, Top 100 Business Leaders in Canada, Canadian Women Transforming Health Care and WXN's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
 

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