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AAP sponsors prescription drug abuse education event

BY Alaric DeArment

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Government authorities are working to educate independent pharmacy owners on prescription drug abuse, an independent pharmacy network said.

In an event sponsored by American Associated Pharmacies in San Diego, Drug Enforcement Administration deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Diversion Control Joseph Rannazzisi discussed topics related to prescription drug abuse. Rannazzisi explained how drug abusers divert prescription drugs through doctor shopping, forged prescriptions, theft and the Internet.

According to the "National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2008" report, there were 2.5 million people who used prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives for the first time, compared with the 2.2 million who tried marijuana for the first time. The 2010 report found that prescription and OTC drugs accounted for most of the top drugs abused by 12th graders.

 


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Hamacher to present at Good Neighbor Pharmacy annual conference

BY Michael Johnsen

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group will present at Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s ThoughtSpot Conference to be held June 20 to 23 in Las Vegas, the company announced Thursday.

Tom Boyer, a national account manager and part of the owners group at HRG, will present the continuing education session “Front-End: Cause & Effect” on June 21. The session is worth 1.5 CE credits for registered pharmacists.

“Participating once again at this conference is a great way for us to share our insights and knowledge with pharmacists to help them improve profits,” Boyer stated. We know pharmacists have a lot on their plate, and we provide them with actionable tips that will help them better serve their customers and increase revenue.”

During the session Boyer will reveal 15 strategies pharmacies can employ to increase their front-end sales by dedicating efforts to everything from cross-merchandising and customer service to inventory condition and new item additions.

A regular speaker at pharmacy schools and other industry events, Boyer also works directly with community-based pharmacies to assess and offer recommendations for improvements on everything from building exteriors to products on the shelves.

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Reports: Diplomat to hire more veterans following White House economic summit

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is looking to hire more veterans following an economic summit at the White House attended by CEO Phil Hagerman, according to published reports.

According to local media in Michigan, Hagerman brought up the idea after the summit, saying the "plight of unemployed veterans" was one of the takeaways from the event.

Flint, Mich.-based Diplomat announced last month that Hagerman had received an invitation to the event, sponsored by the White House Business Council and Business Forward, which was designed to explore opportunities for collaboration between the private sector and government.


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