AP: Oklahoma legislator files bill requiring PBMs to get a state license from state pharmacy board
OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislation that would require pharmacy benefit managers to seek licensure from the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy if they were to distribute medicines to Oklahoma residents was introduced on Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report.
Oklahoma Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, a Walmart pharmacist and the bill’s sponsor, suggested the measure would bring PBMs under state oversight for the first time. "We’ve got somebody out there who’s making life decisions for you and your constituents that are not regulated in the state of Oklahoma," Derby told the House Public Health Committee, according to the AP report. "They are totally unregulated," he said, noting that PBMs filling prescriptions through their mail order can adhere to out-of-state regulations even though the prescription has been written for a Oklahoma resident.
Any pharmacy that mails prescriptions to Oklahoma must be licensed, though a PBM doesn’t, the AP reported.
Mylan distributes EpiPens to thousands of schools
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — A division of drug maker Mylan has distributed autoinjectors of an emergency drug used for severe allergic reactions to schools nationwide.
Mylan Specialty said Wednesday that since its August 2012 launch of the EpiPen4Schools program, thousands of schools around the country had elected to participate and receive free EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine) auto-injectors. The program was launched to help schools have improved access to epinephrine in the event that a person experiences a life-threatening allergic reaction, also known as anaphylaxis.
"When anaphylaxis occurs, every minute matters — even one incident without access to epinephrine is too many," Mylan CEO Heather Bresch said. "Through EpiPen4Schools, we are helping make epinephrine available for those with known life-threatening allergies, as well as for those who experience anaphylaxis while at school."
The program offers four free EpiPen or EpiPen Jr injectors, upon qualification, including a valid prescription, to public and private kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools in the United States. For example, all the schools in Chicago’s public school system have had auto-injectors since fall 2012.
Diplomat names James Kosmerick as director of marketing
FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has hired a former information technology executive as its director of marketing.
The company announced Wednesday the appointment of James Kosmerick as director of marketing. Kosmerick was previously creative and marketing director for Bay City, Mich.-based TransIT Solutions. He also worked as an art director and designer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
In his new position, Kosmerick will be in charge of Diplomat’s marketing efforts, including advertising, promotions, public relations, online and social media strategy, marketing partnerships and company-wide branding initiatives, as well as overseeing monitoring of performance indicators, trends and marketing analytics.