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Carolyn Miller named to new post at Care Pharmacies

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Care Pharmacies on Friday named Carolyn Miller its director of quality assurance and pharmacy operations, a new position for the company.

Miller will focus on areas of quality assurance, policy and procedural manuals, pharmacy operations and planning and financially analysis at the store level, the franchisor pharmacy operator stated.

“Carolyn will also participate as a member of Care’s strategic planning team, working closely with the board of directors on executing Care’s management agenda,” stated Gerry Crocker, Care chief executive officer.

Miller joins Care from GE Medical, where she was pharmacy pricing and compliance auditor.

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UI sues Amgen over patent infringement

BY Alaric DeArment

IOWA CITY, Iowa A major biotech company has trouble with the University of Iowa.

The university is suing Amgen, alleging that it has knowingly infringed on its patents for several years, specifically in its manufacture of drugs such as the rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis treatment Enbrel (etanercept).

The university is demanding unspecified damages from the Thousand Oaks, Calif., company.

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Take Care adds four new vaccines to its program

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has expanded its vaccine program with four new vaccines.

The new vaccination suite includes varicella (chickenpox); measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); pneumococcal (PPV); and human pappilomavirus (HPV).

These vaccinations—in addition to hepatitis B, menactra (meningitis), shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) and tetanus booster (Td)—are now available at all 223 Take Care clinics within Walgreens.

Flu shots will also be available from Oct. 1 through early 2009.

“Vaccinations are the cornerstone of disease prevention and health promotion,” stated Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer at Take Care Health Systems. “Routine immunizations are critical for both children and adults. Adults should ensure they are up to date on recommended vaccines to prevent against common, yet serious, diseases.”

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