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Little Clinic announces openings; partnerships with more retailers

BY Alaric DeArment

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. The Little Clinic has been making some big changes over the last month.

On Sept. 15, the retail clinic operator announced that it had opened its 12th convenient care clinic in the Tampa, Fla., area, inside a Publix store.

It said other clinics were under construction. A month later, on Oct. 23, it announced that it had opened two more clinics in Florida Publix stores: one in Sunrise and one in Palmer Ranch, in the Sarasota area.

On Oct. 13—the same day it opened the Palmer Ranch clinic—it opened one at a Kroger store in Smyrna, Tenn., the fifth Little Clinic opened in Tennessee since December 2007. As in Florida, The Little Clinic said other clinics were under construction in the area.

“We are excited about The Little Clinic opening in our store,” Kroger store manager Rick Barber said in a statement. “I believe our customers and associates will really appreciate the convenience the clinic will offer them.”

Around the same time, it promoted Matt Salts to regional marketing manager for the clinics in Detroit and Columbus and Toledo, Ohio, where he would coordinate local marketing activities and oversee staff in those areas. Lisa Laub received a similar promotion and will oversee clinics in Tampa, Sarasota and Orlando, Fla.

The Little Clinic locations have licensed and board-certified advanced registered nurse practitioners or certified physician assistants. They have authorization to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as flu, ear infections, bronchitis, sinus infections and minor injuries, as well as perform physicals and other examinations and vaccinations.

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Walgreens announces promotions of several execs

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. Seven Walgreens executives received promotions Wednesday.

Carlo Baldan, a category manager for the sleep, pain and incontinence categories, was promoted to divisional merchandising manager for personal care in the retail pharmacy chain’s beauty and fashion division.

Robert Tompkins, the divisional merchandising manager for OTC drugs, was promoted to general merchandising manager of the health and wellness purchasing group, succeeding Chong Bang, who is now vice president of customer-centric retailing. Bob Cinq-Mars will replace Tompkins as divisional merchandise manager for OTC categories including medications for pain, sleep, incontinence, nutrition, diet and smoking cessation.

Robert Bobber, the divisional merchandise manager for consumables, will be in charge of OTC categories that Cinq-Mars previously managed. Robin Randolph, divisional merchandise manager for electronics, will take over for Bobber while maintaining her current position.

Scott Minger, associate category manager for vitamins, has been promoted to category manager for vitamins.

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Lannett Co. announces patent approval for generic pain drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

PHILADELPHIA Generic drug maker Lannett Company announced earlier this month that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to subsidiary Cody Laboratories for a method for preparing hydromorphone and hydrocodone.

“Our patented method for preparing hydromorphone and hydrocodone will greatly enhance our ability to manufacture these products quickly and efficiently,” Lannett president and chief executive Arthur Bedrosian said. “Importantly, with minimal incremental investment, the faster manufacturing time appreciably expands our manufacturing capacity, allowing us to maximize our production assets.”

Hydromorphone and hydrocodone are opiate-derived drugs used for treating pain.

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