Diplomat now dispensing prescription-free naloxone
FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy has joined the ranks of pharmacy chains providing naloxone to its patients without requiring a prescription. The company on Tuesday announced that it would be offering the opioid overdose antidote at its Flint retail pharmacy.
“Protecting the health and safety of our patients is what we do,” Diplomat EVP operations Gary Rice. “We are committed to providing access to lifesaving medication like naloxone in the communities we serve.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 1,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids daily.
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PhRMA adds deputy VP to public affairs team
WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Tuesday named a new deputy VP to its public affairs division. Juliet Johnson will lead PhRMA’s day-to-day communication activities in support of the organization’s federal advocacy priorities.
She joins the organization from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she served under former CMS administrator Andy Slavitt as director of CMS’ office of communications. Prior to that, she was communications director and deputy chief of staff for Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and worked in senior positions at Ketchum and Fleishman Hillard.
“[Johnson’s] extensive knowledge of political communications will be an asset as we push forward into new and exciting areas of research and development.” PhRMA said.