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AmerisourceBergen fills new president, global sourcing and manufacturer relations role internally

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Wednesday named Peyton Howell SVP AmerisourceBergen and president, global sourcing and manufacturer relations, effective immediately. 

“Peyton’s appointment clearly demonstrates our commitment to providing value to our manufacturer partners," stated Steve Collis, AmerisourceBergen president and CEO. "By creating and placing this position at the enterprise level and putting someone with Peyton’s expertise in this role, we are poised to be the preferred partner to manufacturers by providing best-in-class services from the entire AmerisourceBergen portfolio.” 

Howell was most recently SVP business development, AmerisourceBergen and president of AmerisourceBergen Consulting Services, a business unit of the Company. She was also a founder and president of Lash Group, which became part of AmerisourceBergen in 1998. 

Howell will be responsible for directing the relationships with the portfolio teams from pharmaceutical manufacturers. One of Howell’s initial objectives will be to work collaboratively to match AmerisourceBergen’s nearly $80 billion in annual pharmaceutical sales with the needs of manufacturers, including specialty, brand, generic and over-the-counter products. Howell’s health care policy background will also help to ensure that AmerisourceBergen is positioned to support the future needs of manufacturers and health care providers.

Howell holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois. In addition to serving various leadership roles in the Healthcare Distribution and Management Association, she is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American College of Healthcare Executives and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

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McKesson introduces new ExpressRx Track pharmacy automation solution

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — McKesson High Volume Solutions on Tuesday unveiled an all new ExpressRx Track pharmacy automation solution featuring state-of-the-art robotics, upgraded imaging and expanded vial capabilities. The company suggested the solution was ideal for pharmacies dispensing 1,000 to 3,000 prescriptions per shift looking to drive efficiency, reduce cost-to-fill and redeploy labor into revenue-generating front-of-store programs.  

The ExpressRx Track is able to process 95% of all countable prescriptions at 99.99% accuracy for ExpressRx Track users. The ExpressRx Track also includes new pill image features and supports a unified drug photo library so verification pharmacists can more seamlessly verify filled prescriptions.

 

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iPhones could become primary mobile device for medical information, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

IRVINE, Calif. — The number of consumers using iPhones to gather medical information has grown by 94% since 2011, according to a new study by online medical publishing company The Patient’s Guide.

The study, based on engagement-behavior data on 12 million visitors to the site over two years, also found that the iPhone topped the list of mobile devices used to seek medical information online, accounting for 41% of total mobile traffic this year; the company predicts that the iPhone will surpass the desktop computer as the primary device for health information by 2014.

"Knowing that mobile activity has grown significantly over the past three years, we have paid close attention to the trends and patterns shaping the way consumers behave in this space," The Patient’s Guide co-founder and CEO Jasson Gilmore said. "We have seen a sea change in the way consumers use mobile devices to research medical topics online. Physicians are now telling us it’s common to see a patient who’s reading questions from their iPhones."


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