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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy CEO joins Flint, Mich., job-creation effort

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is among several Flint, Mich.-area companies that have signed on to a council to support a local business that makes scrubs and is interested in expanding beyond traditional markets.

Diplomat CEO Phil Hagerman, Uptown Developments managing partner and Shaltz Automation president Phil Shaltz, Landaal Packaging president Steve Landaal and Flint-based private practice physician Nita Kulkarni said they had formed a business advisory council to support a job-creation initiative at St. Luke N.E.W. Life Enterprises, which makes scrub uniforms and accessories.

The companies formally introduced the council Friday at a press conference that included a presentation by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Economic Development president and CEO Michael Finney, with attendance by more than 100 Flint-area business leaders, politicians and community supporters.

Flint nuns Carol Weber and Judy Blake founded St. Luke North End Women Life Center as program that incorporates education and workplace training to help women become self-sufficient providers for their families, including training in sewing. At the conclusion of the program, women may apply for jobs as seamstresses at N.E.W. Life Enterprises, a business formed by the organization in 2008 that makes scrubs, hospital gowns, adult garment protectors, identification card lanyards and cell phone covers. The business currently has 11 employees, with five more scheduled to start in May.

"The products offered by N.E.W. Life Enterprises are made by women who have grown in their life skills and now know how to sew professionally," Hagerman said. "It is not only changing lives; it has the potential to change Flint as well."

 

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Panel advocates letting Canadian pharmacists prescribe some drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

TORONTO — A new action plan and panel discussion aim to improve Canada’s healthcare system and save $8.5 billion to $11 billion over three years at various levels of government.

The plan, "9,000 Points of Care: Improving Access to Affordable Healthcare," outlines five initiatives, including allowing pharmacists to administer vaccines and prescribe medications for minor ailments. The title refers to the number of community pharmacies in Canada.

The Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores also organized a panel that included Shoppers Drug Mart president and CEO Domenic Pilla, Rexall Pharma Plus CEO Frank Scorpiniti and Apotex president Jeff Watson.

"Through this effort, we have identified billions of dollars in healthcare savings that can be achieved through public policy changes alone," Pilla said. "The opportunities identified will ultimately help to improve patient outcomes and the patient experience."

Watson described what the CACDS called the benefits of increasing pharmacists’ scope of practice.

"Let’s let pharmacists do what they’ve been trained to do," Watson said. "Allowing pharmacists to prescribe medications for minor aliments and administer vaccines gets people the help they need faster and frees up emergency rooms and doctors’ offices for those who need them."

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Ahold USA donates $500,000 to fund for Boston terrorist attack victims

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — Ahold USA and its Stop & Shop banner have donated half a million dollars to a charitable organization set up to aid victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Boston.

The company announced the donation of $500,000 to The One Fund Boston, formed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

"Words cannot express the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon," Stop & Shop New England Division president Joe Kelley said. "We mourn with all of of those who were affected."

According to published reports, authorities had named two suspects in the case, brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, both originally from Chechnya, a region of the Caucasus Mountains in Russia long torn by civil war. As of noon Friday, the older suspect had been shot and killed, while the younger one was at large amid a citywide manhunt that resulted in Boston and much of the surrounding area being shut down.

 

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R.MURRAY says:
Apr-22-2013 10:20 am

The donation is admirable, however, who really gets the lion's share of the funds? Assign someone from within your organization to monitor that generation amount in an effort to insure that some volunteer corp head does not earn more that is given to those in need. Statistically this pattern is pervasive in far to many volunteer or charitable organizations. Thank you very much.

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