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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy appoints Jeanne Ann Stasny to executive team

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has appointed Jeanne Ann Stasny as VP pharmacy services, the company said Wednesday.

Calling Stasny a "highly respected industry executive," Diplomat said Stasny would be responsible for promoting, developing and expanding Diplomat’s service offerings. "Jeanne Ann’s exceptional history as an industry leader, combined with her creative and entrepreneurial vision, make her a perfect fit for our company," Diplomat president and CEO Phil Hagerman said. "She truly is a pioneer in the pharmacy industry. The patient-centered programs Jeanne Ann first developed almost 15 years ago are still shaping and influencing healthcare organizations today."

Before working for Diplomat, Stasny was market director and general manager for Walmart’s national mail specialty pharmacy business. She also has worked with pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions and other healthcare companies and organizations.

 


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P&G celebrates return of ‘Have You Tried This Yet?’ with NYC media event

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — To celebrate and promote the return of its “Have You Tried This Yet?” campaign, Procter & Gamble held an exclusive media event in New York on Tuesday evening spotlighting some of its most innovative products and offering complimentary beauty services and product demos.

The event, held at The Theater at Cedar Lake in New York City, also featured appearances by Kari Byron, host of the television shows “Mythbusters” and “Head Rush,” and celebrity stylist Irma Martinez. Both Byron and Martinez are working with P&G as campaign spokeswomen and will be featured in “Have You Tried This Yet?” brand demonstration videos for such brands as Bounty ExtraSoft and Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam.

During Tuesday evening’s event — attended by consumer and trade press and bloggers — attendees could, for example, learn about Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam and secure a color consultation to see how a foam hair color works with hair; receive a makeover experience from CoverGirl with the Natureluxe Silk foundation and Gloss Balm makeup; and get a consultation on Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips. The event also featured demos of such household brands as Bounty ExtraSoft and Always Infinity.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, P&G will reach consumers nationwide through a variety of touch-points, including print advertising, direct response TV and iMedia. Also, P&G BrandSaver, a complimentary coupon booklet, will feature more than $102 in savings, including values on the campaign’s feature products. The BrandSaver can be found in local newspapers throughout the country on Oct. 30.

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Distribution solutions, technology solutions businesses aid McKesson’s Q2

BY Allison Cerra

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson said its distribution solutions and technology solutions businesses helped drive the company’s operating results for the second quarter ended Sept. 30.

For its distribution solutions business, McKesson reported that revenue was up 10% to $29.4 billion. The increase, the wholesaler said, was primarily driven by growth in U.S. pharmaceutical direct distribution and services revenues (which rose to nearly $26 billion), as well as the acquisition of US Oncology, the company said.

Meanwhile, revenue rose 7% for the wholesaler’s technology solutions, from $770 million in second quarter 2010 to $825 million in this year’s second quarter. McKesson attributed the performance to "solid progress on achieving certain customer implementation milestones."

The achievements prompted the wholesaler to raise its full-year earnings forecast.

“I am pleased with McKesson’s second-quarter operating results, with strong execution from both distribution solutions and technology solutions driving earnings growth,” McKesson chairman and CEO John Hammergren said. “Based on the momentum from our first-half results, we are raising our previous outlook for the fiscal year and now expect adjusted earnings between $6.19 and $6.39 per diluted share for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.”

Overall revenue for McKesson rose from to $30.2 billion, reflecting a 10% increase from the year-ago period. Second-quarter earnings per share, however, dropped to $1.18 from $1.25 in the year-ago period. Net income also fell from $296 million to $327 million.

For its operating income, the company saw an increase of $61 million to $478 million, compared with the year-ago period.


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