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Sciele Pharma announces availability of head lice treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A new drug for treating head lice has become available from a subsidiary of a Japanese drug company.

Sciele Pharma, part of Shionogi, announced this week the availability of Ulesfia (benzyl alcohol lotion 5%). The medication kills head lice by asphyxiation without potential neurotoxic side effects, the company said.

Head lice infestation affects 6 to 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 12 every year. To breathe, head lice use breathing holes that close upon contact with most liquids, which allows them to go into suspended animation and survive for hours without respiration, but Ulesfia prevents them from closing their breathing holes, causing the insects to asphyxiate.

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Innovation to unveil PharmASSIST SmartCabinet at upcoming NACDS conference

BY Alaric DeArment

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. Innovation, a pharmacy automation equipment manufacturer, will introduce one of its latest products at an upcoming conference Saturday.

Innovation announced that it would unveil its latest version of the PharmASSIST SmartCabinet at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Boston.

The 3-sq.-ft. cabinet features a high-resolution, touch-screen display, tuck-away keyboard and mouse drawer and 46 independently operating pill dispensers, which count prescriptions simultaneously.

“The ‘plug-and-play’ SmartCabinet has been one of our core offerings for a full decade,” Innovation CEO Mary Reno said in a statement. “To build on this success, we listen closely to our customers and continuously enhance our products to help harmacies become even more efficient, safer and cost-effective.”

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Kirby Lester appoints Doug Wertz to regional sales account manager post

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE FOREST, Ill. A company that develops pharmacy automation equipment has minted a new executive position.

Kirby Lester announced Thursday the appointment of Doug Wertz to the position of regional sales account manager. In the position, Wertz will manage accounts in the Northeast, working with the company’s sales team and VP business development Christopher Thomsen to look for sales opportunities in retail and supermarket pharmacies.

“Chain and grocery stores represent a vital market segment for Kirby Lester,” Thomsen said in a statement. “Our new products are ideally suited for the chain environment.”

Wertz has worked in the pharmacy automation industry for close to 10 years, previously working as a regional sales director and director of chain sales for Parata Systems and as an account executive and product team leader with NDC Health, now part of McKesson Pharmacy Systems.

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