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Walmart to open its first campus pharmacy

BY Jim Frederick

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Bringing its health and prescription services as close to college students in its home state as possible, Walmart revealed plans to open a retail pharmacy in a new, scaled-down Walmart store on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The pharmacy, which will open in January, will replace an in-house pharmacy operated since 1984 by the university’s Pat Walker Health Center.

The pharmacy will offer extended hours to meet the needs of students and will be open to students, faculty and local community residents not affiliated with the university, according to Walmart. “Students, faculty, staff, visitors and community members will be able to access a complete retail pharmacy, as well as a variety of groceries and other items when Walmart on Campus opens,” the company reported Monday.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the university and to bring a great place for the students and the surrounding community to purchase prescriptions and other items,” said Keith Keltner, associate marketing manager at Walmart. “This is Walmart’s first store of its kind. I think it’s a really good fit.”

The Pat Walker Health Center Pharmacy will close Dec. 20 and is currently informing patients about their options to move their prescriptions to the new pharmacy on campus or to another pharmacy. Mary Alice Serafini, the center’s executive director, said she and her staff anticipate “a close working relationship with the Walmart on Campus.

“We believe that the new retail pharmacy will serve our community well with extended hours, access to most prescription insurance plans and close proximity to our health center facility and many on-campus residents,” Serafini added.

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Dr. Reddy’s launches generic Accolate

BY Alaric DeArment

HYDERABAD, India Indian generic drug maker Dr. Reddy’s Labs has launched a version of an asthma drug for the U.S. market, the company said.

Dr. Reddy’s announced the launch of zafirlukast tablets in the 10-mg and 20-mg strengths. The drug is a version of AstraZeneca’s Accolate, which had sales of $50 million during the 12-month period ended in August, according to IMS Health.

The launch follows a decision in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey determining that the Dr. Reddy’s launch of the drug does not infringe on AstraZeneca’s patents. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug last Thursday.

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Steven Miesowicz appointed to new role at Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has promoted Steven Miesowicz to VP human resources, planning and government relations, the company said Monday.

 

Miesowicz previously served as the company’s senior director for human resources and as a business management consultant. He had a large role in securing the Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credit that the company received in connection with the relocation to its new Flint, Mich., headquarters.

 

 

In his new position, Miesowicz will be responsible for human resources, strategic planning, organizational development, leading acquisition teams and working with government agencies, the company said.

 

 

“Steven brings a broad range of skills and experience that complements our core abilities and positions us for the future,” Diplomat president and CEO Phil Hagerman said.

 

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